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The New Old Age: No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help
Every tool used to rate nursing homes is flawed, particularly the federal government ’ s. But online reviews by consumers can help alert families to shortcomings. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Consumer Reviews Elderly Nursing Homes Elder Care Computers and the Internet Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services University of Southern California Yelp Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments To Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Notice of an interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase fee schedule rates for certain durable medical equipment. Amends the regulation to resume a blended fee schedule rate for items furnished in rural areas and non-contiguous areas (Alaska, Hawaii, and United States territories) not subject to the Competitive Bidding Program from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Comments on the interim final rule are due by July 9, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Pre-publication notice of an interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to increase fee schedule rates for certain durable medical equipment. Amends the regulation to resume a blended fee schedule rate for items furnished in rural areas and non-contiguous areas (Alaska, Hawaii, and United States territories) not subject to the Competitive Bidding Program from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Comments on the interim final rule are due by July 9, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 04/25/2018 This one-hour, 57-minute forum discusses partnerships and efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and better address behavioral health in minority populations. Public health leaders, healthcare professionals, and community members discuss challenges and solutions around opioid use and behavioral health, specifically those that affect minority communities. The forum was co-hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Office of Behavioral Health Equity. (Video or Multimedia)...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 9, 2018 on an extension of a currently approved information collection for the National Implementation of the Hospital CAHPS Survey which is used to measure patients' perspectives of hospital care. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Safeguards Patient Access to Certain Medical Equipment and Services In Rural and Other Non-contiguous Communities
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule that would increase the fee schedule rates from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 for certain durable medical equipment (DME) items and services and enteral nutrition furnished in rural and non-contiguous areas not subject to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP). This rule includes a comment period open through July 9, 2018. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 9, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Penn experts call for safeguards if Medicaid work requirement policies prevail
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced controversial policies inviting states to establish work requirements as a condition to receive Medicaid, many in the medical community opposed it. If these measures continue to be approved, CMS should act to minimize the potential harms they could cause to Medicaid recipients, two Penn Medicine experts in law and ethics argue in a new JAMA Viewpoint published this week, that lays out basic safeguards to help guide the states. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GeneSight Weeds Out Ineffective Drug Therapies for Depression
This study was our largest study and the largest pharmacogenomic study in a mental health condition that has ever been conducted,” Bryan Dechairo, Ph.D., executive vice president of clinical development, Myriad Genetics, told MD+DI. “Our goal was to prove that when doctors and physicians see which medications are inappropriate for a patient and avoid using them, then that will actually improve the chances of the patient getting on a medication that will work for them.” Patients were divided into two treatment arms: the GeneSight Psychotropic test arm (n=560) in which clinicians used GeneSight test results...
Source: MDDI - May 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Testing Source Type: news

CMS administrator Verma calls on insurers, providers to give patients their data
For the millions covered by Medicare, accessing their healthcare data ought to be simple – after all, the data belongs to them, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma. Earlier this year, CMS launched the latest version of the Blue Button initiative, a program designed to allow Medicare beneficiaries to collect their claims data and transfer it to secure applications, providers, services and researchers. Verma called on private insurers to give the same opportunity to their patients, saying that the agency is going to reexamine their relationships with private payers. She a...
Source: Mass Device - May 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Healthcare Reform Hospital Care Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Source Type: news

CMS administrator rejects Kansas' request for lifetime limits on Medicaid
Kansas was denied its request to impose a lifetime limit on Medicaid benefits, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced Monday. In an application to renew its KanCare program, the state sought to implement a three-year lifetime limit on Medicaid coverage as well as work requirements for parents with children ages six and older. The state had estimated about 12,000 of its 420,000 adults covered by Medicaid would be affected by the changes. According to an anonymously… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Proposed Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) for FY 2109. Also seeks comment on removing the face-to-face requirement for rehabilitation physician visits and expands the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to meet IRF requirements. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 prospective payment rates for inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities, including extended units of acute care or Critical Access Hospitals. Also updates quality measures and includes a request for information related to health information technology, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019, as well as make changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program. Additionally, the proposed rule would make conforming regulations text changes to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Announces Agency ’s First Rural Health Strategy
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their firstRural Health Strategy. This agency-wide strategy is intended to provide a proactive approach to healthcare issues to ensure access to high quality, affordable healthcare by applying a rural lens to CMS programs and policies, advancing telehealth, improving access through provider engagement and support, empowering rural patients to make decisions about their healthcare, and leveraging partnerships to achieve these goals. Afact sheet is also available. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
Notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program, Value-Based Purchasing Program, and new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a proposed rule to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Jury convicts four in CMS-Deerfield insider trading case
A federal jury yesterday reportedly convicted a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services worker and three others of using inside information as the “secret sauce” in a $7 million insider trading scheme with a well-known healthcare hedge fund. Consultant David Blaszczak, founder of Precipio Health Strategies and the one-time colleague at CMS of Christopher Worrall, pleaded not guilty last June to charges that Worrall used his position in the CMS director’s office for access to advance notice of reimbursement rate changes. Traders at Deerfield Management, Ted Huber and Rob Olan,...
Source: Mass Device - May 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Dialysis Legal News Radiosurgery Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Insider Trading Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (the Panel) Meeting on August 20-21, 2018
Announces the annual meeting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 20-21, 2018. The Panel is charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CMS Administrator on issues concerning the clinical integrity of Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-January Through March 2018
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from January through March, 2018. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Fresenius shares dip on Q1 EPS, sales miss
Shares in Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE:FMS; ETR:FRE) have fallen slightly today after the dialysis-focused medical group missed expectations on Wall Street and saw sales and profits shrink in their first quarter earnings report. The Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany-based company posted profits of $292.3 million, or $1.09 per share, on sales of $4.8 billion for the three months ended March 31, seeing the bottom-line shrink by 2% while sales shrunk by 12.7% compared with the same period last year. After adjusting for one-time items, earnings per share were 54¢, just below the 67¢ consensus on Wall Street...
Source: Mass Device - May 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Fresenius Source Type: news

Abiomed shares rise on Street-beating Q4, FY2018 earnings
Shares in Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) are rising today after the medical device maker beat expectations on Wall Street and saw massive growth to its profits in its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2018 earnings results. The Danvers, Mass.-based posted profits of $36.9 million, or 80¢ per share, on sales of $174.4 million for the three months ended March 31, seeing bottom-line growth of 147.3% while sales grew 39.9% compared to the same period during the previous year. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter were well ahead of the 64¢ consensus on Wall Street, where analysts expected to see sales of $164.3 milli...
Source: Mass Device - May 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Abiomed Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid/CHIP Program; Medicaid Program and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Changes to the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control and Payment Error Rate Measurement Programs in Response to the Affordable Care Act; Correction
Makes technical corrections to the July 5, 2017 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule entitled"Medicaid/CHIP Program; Medicaid Program and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Changes to the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control and Payment Error Rate Measurement Programs in Response to the Affordable Care Act". (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 3, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How a Portland university is tackling diabetes ... naturally
The CDC will collect data on program outcomes for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the first time CMS has approved a natural medicine clinic for its diabetes prevention program. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 1, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

How a Portland university is tackling diabetes ... naturally
The CDC will collect data on program outcomes for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the first time CMS has approved a natural medicine clinic for its diabetes prevention program. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 1, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

ProLung Breathes Life Into Lung Cancer Detection
Three years ago, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added annual screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography as a covered Medicare benefit for patients meeting certain criteria. The measure opened up the door for companies like Salt Lake City, UT-based ProLung  hoping to take part in the lung cancer detection market. The company’s test uses volume-averaging bioconductance technology to measure the difference in conductivity between malignant and benign lung tissue. The data is analyzed to produce a personalized and predictive score indicating ...
Source: MDDI - April 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Imaging Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Proposed Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Pre-publication notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. The proposed rule will officially be published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018 and comments are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) for FY 2109. Also seeks comment on removing the face-to-face requirement for rehabilitation physician visits and expands the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to meet IRF requirements. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018 and the notice will officially be published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 prospective payment rates for inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities, including extended units of acute care or Critical Access Hospitals. Also updates quality measures and includes a request for information related to health information technology, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 26, 2018. The notice will officially appear in the May 8, 2018 issue of the Federal Register. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for FY 2019, as well as make changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program. Additionally, the proposed rule would make conforming regulations text changes to recognize physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians, effective January 1, 2019. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. This notice will be officially published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS' proposed overhaul of EHR reimbursement could be a boon for Cerner
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new proposed rule this week that would overhaul reimbursement to create more incentive to use electronic health record systems and make them easier to use for providers and patients. Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq: CERN) supports the new measure, which would loosen regulatory burdens and make data-sharing easier by emphasizing interoperability and the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). “We encourage CMS to continue to consider introduction… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Letter to CMS from SPM
Inspired by comments made during HIMSS18, Danny Sands MD and Vera Rulon, chair of the S4PM policy committee wrote Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on behalf of the Society for Participatory Medicine (SPM). They applaud HHS advocacy of patients’ control of their own health data and to offer the Society’s help to the administration in achieving that goal. Society members will be informed as the Policy & Advocacy Committee progresses the advocacy strategy around patient access and ownership of their personal health data. To read the letter click here. (Source: Societ...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - April 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: Danny van Leeuwen Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range of medical facilities. The proposed rules for fiscal year 2019 would update Medicare policies and rates for the Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS), Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 27, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Extension of the Payment Adjustment for Low-Volume Hospitals and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) Program Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Year 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a one-year extension of certain temporary changes to the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals and extends the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program through FY 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Administrator Verma Unveils New Strategy to Fuel Data-driven Patient Care, Transparency
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new Data Driven Patient Care Strategy as part of the MyHealthEData initiative. This strategy aims to support industry innovation related to using data to inform patients' healthcare decisions and transform the healthcare system through enhanced security and privacy, improved quality and efficiency, and reduced costs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS proposes overhaul of meaningful use program
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a number...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASTRO urges CMS to shorten MIPS reporting period CMS updates MRI coverage for cardiac device patients Groups ask CMS to reconsider NaF-PET coverage SNMMI urges CMS to classify radiotracers as drugs CMS delay of decision support creates opportunities (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS overhauls meaningful use EHR program, removes redundancies
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday announced changes to overhaul the  meaningful use EHR incentive program, including equipping patients with access to their electronic health records on the day they leave the hospital. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Abiomed shares down on proposed CMS reimbursement change
Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) shares have fallen slightly today after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposal covering changes in its reimbursement. The proposed rule would result in an approximately 24% cut to the reimbursement rates for certain procedures with its Impella heart pump, according to a Leerink Partners report. “This rate cut may ultimately be less bad than heard, with CMS also proposing a ~35% cut for FY2018 last spring, which ultimately resulted in just a ~19% cut in the final rule,” Leerink Partner Danielle Antalffy wrote in their letter to investors. CMS also proposed a c...
Source: Mass Device - April 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Wall Street Beat Abiomed Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Programs: Extension of Payment Adjustment for Low-volume Hospitals and the Medicare-dependent Hospital Program under Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Year 2018
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing an extension of the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals for FY 2018 and the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program through FY 2022. Official publication of the notice is scheduled for April 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Programs: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; etc.
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a proposed rule to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 25, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for May 7, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ResMed Succeeds with Tech, Then Hires a CTO
One of medtech’s most connected health technology companies has just hired its first chief technology officer. Sleep apnea device manufacturer ResMed credits its remote sleep-monitoring patient platform, AirView, with downloading more than 1 billion nights of sleep data. Patients can use the company’s smartphone app myAir to access their information. The company also crows about how those technologies combined with its CPAP machines and updated masks improve patient compliance with the therapy and the likelihood of that therapy being covered by insurance. How did it do all this without a CTO? Raj Sodhi, preside...
Source: MDDI - April 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Navigating the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
National Nurse-Led Care Coalition. 03/2018 This one-hour webinar takes a closer look at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule requirements related to developing emergency plans, policies and procedures, communications, trainings, and exercises. Panelists share challenges encountered and lessons learned from the rule's recent implementation. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) in an effort to improve patient access to electronic health records and hospital price information and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 24, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rheumatology leaders respond to Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance proposed rule
(American College of Rheumatology) In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American College of Rheumatology expressed concern that the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance proposed rule could weaken consumer protections that enable individuals living with rheumatic diseases to access quality, affordable care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Feedback on New Direction Request for Information (RFI) Released, CMS Innovation Center ’s Market-Driven Reforms to Focus on Patient-Centered Care
Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center's New Direction Request for Information sought to collect ideas on how to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms to provide price transparency, reduce costs, improve outcomes, and increase choices and competition to drive quality. The comments submitted in response are now being shared in order to promote transparency and facilitate further discussion on moving the Innovation Center in a new direction. Further comments are sought by May 25, 2018 on direct provider contracting, which would allow providers to take account...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection for coverage of certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act and related religious and moral exemptions. Comments are due by May 21, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Health Preparedness for Health Centers: Navigating the Preparedness Landscape
National Health Care for the Homeless Council. 03/08/2018 This 58-minute webinar provides an overview of the value in leveraging health centers in emergencies, discusses preliminary lessons learned from implementation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services emergency preparedness rule, and highlights opportunities for additional training. It discusses the importance of preparedness for community-based health center organizations and clinics, which can be a resource for patients during a pandemic or outbreak and provide support to the mainstream healthcare system. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Apply to Participate in the 2018 CMS Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures to Receive Improvement Activity Credit for 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study in order to understand the challenges clinicians face in collecting and reporting quality data and to make future recommendations for changes to reduce those burdens and improve data collection. Applications accepted through April 30, 2018. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 18, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From DNV GL-Healthcare (DNV GL) for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program; Notice
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on an application from DNV GL-Healthcare to continue as a national accrediting organization for hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments on whether or not requirements for hospital certification set forth by DNV GL-Healthcare meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals are due by May 17, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS, CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019; Rule
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. Includes information on risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, cost-sharing parameters, user fees, and flexibility to States to apply the definition of essential health benefits to their markets, among other things. The final rule will go into effect on June 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news