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Hospital-acquired conditions are down, but did CMS' penalty program play a role?

November 7, 2019


Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have decreased nationwide, according to a recent CDC report, but a new study published in Health Affairs suggests CMS' HAC Program is not behind the decrease.

In June, FDA announced a patient died from a fecal transplant. Now the doctors are speaking out.

November 5, 2019


Doctors from the hospital that treated a patient who died after a fecal microbiota transplant published a case study on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that offers more details on the case as well as another case in which a patient became severely ill from the procedure.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

How CMS will change Medicare payments to physicians in 2020

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

More than 1,500 hospitals will receive VBP bonuses in FY 2020

October 31, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that over 1,500 hospitals will receive bonuses in fiscal year 2020 under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing program.

Weight-loss surgery could be right for some kids, pediatrician group says

October 30, 2019


Children and adolescents with severe obesity should be considered candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery, which has been found to lead to long-term weight loss and better overall health for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued Sunday.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019


Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

Why homeopathy is 'just a big illusion'

October 28, 2019


Homeopathy has grown increasingly popular in the United States, with homeopathic remedies being sold at large retailers like Walmart and Whole Foods, but the practice is not based in accepted clinical evidence—though some say that does not mean mainstream medicine cannot learn something from it.

The 5 keys to value-based care, according to Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison

October 28, 2019


As the health care industry moves toward value-based payment models, Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison writing in Harvard Business Review offers his five principles to implementing a successful value-based care program.

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