CMS: Notice Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Establishment of an Exchange by a State and Qualified Health Plans; 2) End Stage Renal Disease Annual Facility Survey Form; and 3) Virtual Groups for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Comments are due by April 27, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 25, 2020 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 comment on the following information collections: 1) Home Health Agency Cost Report; 2) Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Pre and Post Pilot Measures Survey; and 3) Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor Certificate of Medical Necessity and Supporting Documentation Requirements. Comments are due by March 25, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Three-Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing
Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (CJR), including the episode of care definition, the target price calculation, the reconciliation process, the beneficiary notice requirements, and the appeals process, among other things. Also extends the length of the model for certain participants through December 31, 2023 to allow time to test the proposed changes. Includes information regarding rural hospital participation rules and time frames in which they could participate in the CJR model. Comments on the proposed changes are due by...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Intensive behavioral therapy and liraglutide 3.0 mg show positive results for weight loss
(The Obesity Society) Intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) combined with liraglutide 3.0 mg (Saxenda) can produce clinically-meaningful weight loss in patients who receive the treatment in predominantly primary care settings, according to a study published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. The study is the first multi-site evaluation of the efficacy of IBT based on a treatment visit schedule covered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extending the comment period on the potential expansion of the Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport (RSNAT) Prior Authorization model to a national program. Comments on the proposal are now due by March 20, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), Medicaid, Medicare Cost Plan, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Changes are intended to reduce "red tape" to allow providers adequate time for patient care. Includes rural implications throughout, including those impacting Medicare Advantage and Cost Plan Network adequacy and Part D pharmacy performance measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed changes are due by April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal Register update...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Secondary Payer and Certain Civil Money Penalties
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) setting rules for when and how CMS must calculate and impose civil money penalties when entities responsible for reporting for group health plans and non-group health plans fail to meet their Medicare Secondary Payer reporting obligations. Comments on the proposed rule are due by April 20, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces the receipt of an application from The Joint Commission (TJC) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospital that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments on the applications are due by March 19, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Services (IRS) entitled "Verification of Household Income and Family Size for Insurance Affordability Programs and Exemptions." The program allows CMS and the IRS to use data to determine an individual's health plan eligibility through a federal or state-based health insurance exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Revisions of Organ Procurement Organizations Conditions of Coverage; Prior Authorization Process and Requirements for Certain Covered Outpatient Department Services; Potential Changes to the Laboratory Date of Service Policy; Changes to Grandfathered Children's Hospitals-Within-Hospitals; Notice of Closure of Two Teaching Hospitals and Opportunity To Apply for Available Slots; Correcting Amendment
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is correcting errors found in theNovember 12, 2019 issue of the Federal Register. The correction is effective February 14, 2020 and is applicable beginning January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-October Through December 2019
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December 2019, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Request for Information Regarding Maternal and Infant Health Care in Rural Communities
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting public input on opportunities to improve healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for rural women and infants before, during, and after pregnancy. Additional comments regarding rural readiness to handle obstetric emergencies are also requested. Comments are due by April 12, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 12, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases beginning May 11, 2020 and October 8, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Items That Require Prior Authorization as a Condition of Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates additions to the list of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Required Prior Authorization List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). These changes are effective January 1, 2020 and will be implemented in two phases. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are due by March 9, ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Application and Survey and Certification Report which is used for the certification and recertification of ESRD facilities; 2) Hospital Survey for Specified Covered Outpatient Drugs (SCODs) which will be used to help determine payment amounts for drugs acquired under the 340B program; 3) the PACE Organization Application Process in 42 CFR Part 460; and 4) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions. Comments are ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Contract Year 2021 and 2022 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), Medicaid, Medicare Cost Plan, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Changes are intended to reduce "red tape" to allow providers adequate time for patient care. Includes rural implications throughout, including those impacting Medicare Advantage and Cost Plan Network adequacy and Part D pharmacy performance measures, among other things. Comments on the proposed changes are due by April 6, 2020. (Source: Federal...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021; Notice Requirement for Non-Federal Governmental Plans
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Will Provide Better Coverage, More Access and Improved Transparency for Medicare Beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule and the Advance Notice Part II to modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs. Some proposed changes would lower beneficiary cost sharing on some drugs and require Part D plans to offer price comparison tools. CMS is accepting comments on all proposals in the Advance Notice until March 6, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness (2019-nCoV)
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Published: 2/6/2020. This three-page memorandum provides information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding patients with possible 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) illness. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services strongly urges the review of CDC ’s guidance, and encourages healthcare facilities to review their own infection prevention and control policies and practices to prevent the spread of infection. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Notification to Surveyors of the Authorization for Emergency Use of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Assay and Guidance for Use in CDC Qualified Laboratories
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Published: 2/6/2020. This three-page memorandum provides guidance to surveyors in regard to the authorization for emergency use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ’s 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel assay. Upon receipt of the CDC 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel assay and corresponding manufacturer’s instructions (MI), CDC-qualified laboratories will verify assay performance specifications in their laboratory per the manufacturer’s instructions. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Three Wichita-area hospitals given five-star ratings
Three Wichita-area acute care hospitals have been given five-star ratings in annual examinations of U.S. hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Wichita's Wesley Medical Center and Kansas Heart Hospital, along with Newton Medical Center, all received top ratings by CMS' Hospital Compare evaluations. Hospital Compare analyzes seven metrics and compiles them into a single rating for U.S. hospitals. The seven are mortality rates, safety of c are, readmission, patient experience,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: WBJ STAFF Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021; Notice Requirement for Non-Federal Governmental Plans
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. Proposes changes in essential health benefits and adds flexibility to the operation of insurance exchanges; updates cost-sharing policies for prescription drug costs; and more. Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 2, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Trump Administration Unveils a Major Shift in Medicaid
States will be able to cap a portion of spending for the safety-net program, a change likely to diminish the number of people receiving health benefits through it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: Medicaid States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Poverty Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Verma, Seema your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Executive Voice: She uses a new approach to improve health care in NC
Before coming to North Carolina, Dr. Mandy Cohen was working as the chief operating officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Obama administration. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

UNC Health program rated best in nation
A Triangle accountable care organization (ACO) ranks at the top of clinical performance in the nation in its category, according to the most recent report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. UNC Senior Alliance, part of UNC Health Care, received a clinical-quality score of 98.64 percent, the highest score among a group of 34 Pay-for-Performance ACOs. The so called "Next Generation" ACO model first launched in 2016 to experiment with value-based care model tools and incentives to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Coordinating Care from Out-of-State Providers for Medicaid-eligible Children with Medically Complex Conditions
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services seeking information on and best practices for the coordination of care from out-of-state providers for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions. Information received will be used to develop guidance provided to Medicaid directors. Comments are due by March 23, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare ’s Part D Doughnut Hole Has Closed! Mostly. Sorta.
The drug coverage gap was widely loathed, but the new scheme may still leave some older Americans holding the bag. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Federal Budget (US) Elderly Medicare Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Center for Medicare Advocacy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Source Type: news

Top-Rated Memphis-Area Nursing Homes
Information on The List was obtained from Medicare ’s Nursing Home Compare database and could not be independently verified. Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of The Lists, omissions sometimes occur. In case of ties, companies are listed alphabetically. Local and Memphis area refers to Shelby, Tipton, and Fayet te counties in Tenn.; DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica counties in Miss. and Crittenden County, Ark. List only includes local nursing homes with a three-star or greater overall rating. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) creates an overall star rating for...
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS, HHS: Coordinating Care from Out-of-State Providers for Medicaid-eligible Children with Medically Complex Conditions
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services seeking information on and best practices for the coordination of care from out-of-state providers for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions. Information received will be used to develop guidance provided to Medicaid directors. Comments are due within 60 days of publication of this notice, which is scheduled for January 21, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

McKesson Designated as 2020 Qualified Clinical Data Registry by CMS
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 16, 2020 —For the fourth consecutive year, McKesson has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). With this designation for the... (Source: McKesson News)
Source: McKesson News - January 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ratings system may penalize hospitals serving vulnerable communities
(University of Chicago) Analysis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare rating system shows that hospitals serving vulnerable communities may be judged on social factors outside of their control. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Performance Results
Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, Seema Verma, highlighting performance results for the Quality Payment Program's 2018 performance year. Includes accomplishments and efforts underway for rural practices. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS, CMS: Transparency in Coverage
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the comment period for theNovember 27, 2019 proposed Transparency in Coverage rule. The proposed rule outlines requirements for group health plan and health insurance issuers to publicly disclose cost-sharing information to participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees. Comments are now due by January 29, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Revisions of Organ Procurement Organizations Conditions of Coverage; Prior Authorization Process and Requirements for Certain Covered Outpatient Department Services; Potential Changes to the Laboratory Date of Service Policy; Changes to Grandfathered Children's Hospitals-Within-Hospitals; Notice of Closure of Two Teaching Hospitals and Opportunity to Apply for Available Slots; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of corrections to theNovember 12, 2019 Federal Register notice with the same title. Includes technical corrections to the final rule which remains in effective on January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Revisions of Organ Procurement Organizations Conditions of Coverage; Prior Authorization Process and Requirements for Certain Covered Outpatient Department Services; Potential Changes to the Laboratory Date of Service Policy; Changes to Grandfathered Children's Hospitals-Within-Hospitals; Notice of Closure of Two Teaching Hospitals and Opportunity to Apply for Available Slots; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of corrections to theNovember 12, 2019 Federal Register notice with the same title. Includes technical corrections to the final rule which remains in effective on January 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 2, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Professionals; Establishment of an Ambulance Data Collection System; Updates to the Quality Payment Program; Medicare Enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs and Enhancements to Provider Enrollment Regulations Concerning Improper Prescribing and Patient Harm; and Amendments to Physician Self-Referral Law Advisory Opinion Regulations Final Rule; and Coding and Payment for Evaluation and Management, Observation and Provision of Self-Administered Esketamine Interim Final Rule; Correction A Rule by the Centers for Medic
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a notice of correction to theNovember 15, 2019 Federal Register notice with the same title. The notice is effective on January 1, 2020 and includes a summary of various updated language throughout the rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 2, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation; Continuation of Effectiveness and Extension of Timeline for Publication of the Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a continuation of, effectiveness of, and extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation which was originally published as aninterim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions in remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 2, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program: Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation; Supplement and Extension of Comment Period
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to extend the comment period for the the proposed rule entitledMedicaid Program; Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation to February 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE); January 15, 2020 Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a public meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) on January 15, 2020. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to thedesignated federal official by January 7, 2020 to be included in the agenda. Current agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, information on CMS programs and priorities, and an opportunity for public comment. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program Integrity
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to revise standards for the oversight of state health insurance exchanges. Also provides new requirements for the collection of payment for a portion of a plan's premium for the coverage of certain abortion services. The final rule is effective on February 25, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 27, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From Accreditation Association of Hospitals/Health Systems-Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AAHHS-HFAP) for Continued CMS-Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation Program
Final notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to announce the decision to approve an application from Accreditation Association of Hospitals/Health Systems— Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation; Supplement and Extension of Comment Period
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to extend the comment period for the the proposed rule entitledMedicaid Program; Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation to February 1, 2020. This notice is scheduled to be published on December 30, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Reshaping the health care debate to focus on what's making costs so expensive
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports the U.S. spent $3.6 trillion on health care last year. While health care is still a top issue for voters, Axios reports 2020 presidential candidates are failing to address the root of the problem. Axios health care editor Sam Baker joined CBSN to discuss the reasons behind the high costs. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare Coverage of HCT Recommended for Older Adults With Myelodysplastic Syndrome Medicare Coverage of HCT Recommended for Older Adults With Myelodysplastic Syndrome
A study of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) for adults with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) showed that patients 65 and older had comparable outcomes to those ages 55 to 64, leading the authors to recommend that the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cover HCT.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

PQ Bypass Steps into SFA Arena to Compete Against Gore
It might be cliché to say here comes a new challenger – but in the case of PQ Bypass it’s quite true. The Milpitas, CA-based firm said it will be the first company since 2004 to have an IDE trial for a stent to treat peripheral artery disease in the superficial femoral artery (SFA). The other company to have an SFA IDE trial is W.L. Gore. The Newark, DE-based company would eventually win a nod from FDA for the Viabahn system. PQ Bypass made a major advancement in its bid to get the Torus Stent Graft on the market last week as the company reported it received approval for cov...
Source: MDDI - December 23, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services withdrawing the Home Office Cost Statement section of theDecember 17, 2019 Federal Register notice which had been published in error. All other sections of the notice remain in effect. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program Integrity
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to revise standards for the oversight of state health insurance exchanges. Also provides new requirements for the collection of payment for a portion of a plan's premium for the coverage of certain abortion services. The final rule is effective 60 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for December 27, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 20, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Awards Funding to Combat Opioid Misuse Among Expectant Mothers and Improve Care for Children Impacted by the Crisis
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced ten states to receive funding under the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and eight cooperative agreements of the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model in seven states. Both models aim to address public health challenges such as the opioid crisis and holistic maternal and child health. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 19, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How can healthcare providers spend less and leverage higher quality patient outcomes?
For 10 years national healthcare spending has mushroomed, growing 4.6 percent in 2018 to reach $3.6 trillion – or $11,172 per person. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which tracks U.S. healthcare spending, predicts 2019 will reflect another rise – to $11,559 per person, and in 2020 will reach $12,087 per person. Costs in the healthcare industry, however, are rising just as quickly, forc ing many healthcare providers to operate on stagnating or narrowing margins. Christopher Helmrath,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: SC & H Capital Source Type: news