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CMS just dropped its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient payments. Here's what's inside.

April 24, 2019


CMS on Tuesday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2020, which would address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies.

FDA reminds public MMR vaccine is safe and effective as US measles cases surge

April 24, 2019


As U.S. measles cases continue to surge at a record-setting pace, FDA in a statement released Monday said the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is safe and effective.

How this Intermountain hospital reduced NICU costs by 28%

April 24, 2019


Intermountain Healthcare's Dixie Medical Center adopted a program to reduce infection risk among its neonatal intensive care unit patients and saw substantial improvements in patient safety and reduced operational costs.

HHS just unveiled 5 new value-based payment models. Here's what you need to know.

April 23, 2019


HHS on Monday announced an initiative intended to shift primary care providers and other eligible professionals from fee-for-service payments to value-based payments using five new voluntary payment models.

Do nurses 'play cards' all day? The comment that sparked a nationwide backlash.

April 23, 2019


Last week, Washington state Sen. Maureen Walsh (R) in a speech on the state Senate's floor said nurses at smaller rural hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day"—sparking a wave of criticism from nurses and other health care providers. Walsh, who was arguing to exempt small rural hospitals from a bill that would require nurses to have uninterrupted breaks, later said she regretted the comment.

CMS proposes payment increases for SNFs, hospice facilities for FY 2020

April 22, 2019


CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.

Teaching, rural hospitals faced reduced readmission penalties after CMS update, study shows

April 22, 2019


Teaching hospitals, rural hospitals, and others that serve a high proportion of dual-eligible patients faced lower penalties under Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 after CMS updated how the program calculates penalties, according to a study published last week.

CMS proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019


CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.

Why 23andMe might not detect your risk of breast cancer

April 19, 2019


A study of 100,000 people released earlier this month shows 23andMe's genetic test would have missed identifying the increased breast cancer risk of nearly 90% of women who carry a BRCA mutation, which increases their likelihood of cancer.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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