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CMS wants to test acupuncture coverage for certain Medicare beneficiaries

July 17, 2019

CMS on Monday announced a proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low-back pain who are enrolled in NIH-sponsored or CMS-approved clinical trials that are evaluating acupuncture as an alternative treatment to opioids.

Judge orders FDA to set 10-month deadline for e-cigarette makers to submit products for review

July 17, 2019

A federal judge on Friday ordered FDA to set a 10-month deadline for e-cigarette makers to submit premarket applications for their products.

CMS delays summer star ratings update (again)

July 17, 2019

A CMS spokesperson said the agency will not release updated hospital star ratings in August as expected and is delaying their release until further notice while a panel of experts reviews the methodology and proposes changes.

How these Democratic presidential hopefuls want to address high Rx costs

July 16, 2019

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have announced separate plans to address high prescription drug costs in the United States.

Inside the 346-page Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule

July 15, 2019

CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.

Federal appeals court denies emergency halt of abortion 'gag rule'

July 15, 2019

A federal appeals court on Thursday denied a request for an emergency stay on a recent ruling that allows HHS' final rule to bar health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

CMS proposes mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology

July 12, 2019

CMS on Wednesday issued a proposed rule to implement a mandatory bundled payment model intended to replace Medicare's current fee-for-service payment model for radiation oncology in certain geographic regions.

CMS wants to replace Medicaid access reporting requirements—with stakeholders' help

July 12, 2019

CMS on Thursday issued a proposed rule that would eliminate existing requirements on how states assess access to care among fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid beneficiaries and replace them with a more standardized approach that the agency hopes to develop with industry stakeholders.

HHS is looking for health care leaders to help evaluate its quality programs

July 12, 2019

HHS on Tuesday announced that the department is launching a Quality Summit that aims to bring together government officials and health care industry stakeholders to discuss how HHS quality programs should be evaluated, adapted, and streamlined to help promote value-based care and bolster patient outcomes.

Adam Boehler to step down as director of CMMI

July 12, 2019

Adam Boehler will step down as director and deputy administrator of CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, after President Trump on Wednesday nominated Boehler to oversee the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

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