November 2, 2018
CMS has released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2019, which contains several policy updates to address payment differences between different sites of service.
CMS this week finalized a 2.2% payment increase for home health agencies in 2019, as well as a new Medicare reimbursement process that will take effect in 2020.
November 1, 2018
HHS says a long-delayed rule that would penalize drugmakers that deliberately overcharge providers for drugs purchased under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
CMS has posted new quality data for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), which the agency says "can demonstrate how a SNF's performance on … quality measures compares to that of other SNFs, as well as to the national average."
October 30, 2018
CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the agency's newly proposed rule "would give Medicare Advantage plans more flexibility to innovate in response to patients' needs" by "allow[ing] additional telehealth benefits, which will promote access to care in a more convenient and cost-effective manner for patients."
October 26, 2018
The Trump administration is considering testing an International Pricing Index model that would pilot three new initiatives intended to lower the prices of drugs covered under Medicare Part B.
American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.
October 25, 2018
A research brief from IBM Watson Health shows 48,771 hospital-acquired conditions occurred in 2016, which resulted in billions of dollars in excess hospital costs and thousands of potentially avoidable deaths.
October 22, 2018
A few health care providers say they support some provisions of CMS' proposed rule to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, but many providers are voicing concerns.
October 19, 2018
The White House and federal agencies this week released their fall regulatory agendas, setting the stage for new health care regulations for the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, Medicaid, Medicare, and more.
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