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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible, and hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished under Medicare Part A during calendar year (CY) 2018. The updated deductible and coinsurance amounts take effect January 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2018 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees who are not otherwise eligible and for certain individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. Effective January 1, 2018, the CY 2018 monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals is $422, and the reduced premium for certain eligible individuals is $232. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Massachusetts Grabs Spotlight By Proposing New Twist On Medicaid Drug Coverage
Highlights the Massachusetts state Medicaid program's demonstration proposal, submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposal would allow the state to negotiate discounts for prescription drugs and to exclude drugs with limited treatment value. Discusses possible ramifications if this proposal were approved and implemented. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 21, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Internists offer recommendations to improve CMS's approach to testing new payment models
(American College of Physicians) While the American College of Physicians (ACP) is supportive of the role that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) plays in the move toward value-based payment models, it has concerns about elements of its plans to test new payment models. In a letter sent in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information (RFI), ACP expressed concern about the agency's shift toward testing 'consumer-directed and market-based' innovation models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program
Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would revise Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) regulations to implement certain provisions contained in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed rule also clarifies the "any willing pharmacy" requirement, which may work to support independent community pharmacies often found in rural areas, and improve rural beneficiaries' access to specialty drugs. Comments regarding provisions of the rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on January...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 20, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2018 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible, and hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished under Medicare Part A during calendar year (CY) 2018. The updated deductible and coinsurance amounts take effect January 1, 2018, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for November 21, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 20, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2018 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees who are not otherwise eligible and for certain individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. The CY 2018 monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals is $422, and the reduced premium for certain eligible individuals is $232. Rates take effect January 1, 2018, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for November 21, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 20, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

American College of Rheumatology responds to CMS Innovation Center request for information
(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove barriers that make it difficult for subspecialists and providers in small practices to participate in alternative payment models (APMs) in a comments letter submitted in response to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS data shows PatientPing's ACO users are saving more
National data sets from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveal that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that use PatientPing, a care coordination platform, have seen higher savings than other ACOs, the company reported. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CMS Administrator Seema Verma To Outline Her Three-Year Plan At 2017 Forbes Healthcare Summit
Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a key figure in the future of the Affordable Care Act, will be interviewed live on-stage at the Forbes Healthcare Summit by Forbes Opinion Editor Avik Roy on November 30. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:BLUE NYSE:UNH NYSE:NVS NYSE:LLY NASDAQ:ONCE Source Type: news

CMS Administrator Seema Verma To Outline Her Plan At 2017 Forbes Healthcare Summit
Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a key figure in the future of the Affordable Care Act, will be interviewed live on-stage at the Forbes Healthcare Summit by Forbes Opinion Editor Avik Roy on November 30. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:BLUE NYSE:UNH NYSE:NVS NYSE:LLY NASDAQ:ONCE Source Type: news

Administrator ’s Blog: National Rural Health Day (November 16, 2017)
Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from CMS Administrator Seema Verma on the topic of National Rural Health Day. Touches on challenges faced by rural communities like physician recruitment and what CMS will do to mitigate those challenges and help improve rural health. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 16, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Releases Proposed Rule to Increase Choices and Lower Premiums for Medicare Advantage Enrollees
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to allow Medicare Advantage beneficiaries more flexibility with customized benefit designs to address their specific health needs. The proposed rule would also work to reduce regulatory burdens. There is afact sheet available. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 16, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare plans so far: CMS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressing changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Also includes policies necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model, and information about new care coordination services and payments for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQCHs). Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 15, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2018. Included in the rule is a provision that reduces Medicare Part B payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSHs) and Rural Referral Centers (RRCs) for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Effective January 1, 2018, payments to affected facilities will be reduced from average sales price (ASP) plus 6 percent, to ASP minus 22.5 percent. Among others, Critical Access Hospital...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 13, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Heart ’s pumping function is not an indicator of heart failure survival rates
FINDINGSContrary to popular practice, a measure of the heart ’s pumping function known as “left ventricular ejection fraction” is not associated with the long-term outcomes of hospitalized heart failure patients, a UCLA-led study of Medicare patients has found. Hospitalized heart failure patients in all age groups within the study and with all levels of ejection fraction had significantly lower rates of survival after five years and a higher risk of re-hospitalization than people in the United States without heart failure. Better treatments for heart failure and new ways of predicting patient outcomes are...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs
The Obama administration sped up programs aiming to pay doctors based on quality instead of quantity. The Trump administration is slowing them down. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE Tags: United States Politics and Government Medicare Doctors Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Source Type: news

US Senators urge CMS head Verma to include med device ID on claims
Two US Senators this week wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid head Seema Verma urging her to add a field for unique medical device identifier information on insurance claim forms. The letter, from Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), cited a report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General from September. The report claims that nearly $1.5 billion in costs to Medicare came from patients treated with seven specific cardiac devices from 3 manufacturers that were recalled or showed high failure rates over a 10 year period. The OIG release also claimed...
Source: Mass Device - November 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Regulatory/Compliance Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Source Type: news

Four reasons that could explain ACOs' sluggish savings
(The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy& Clinical Practice) Dartmouth Institute researchers paired data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Survey of ACOs to compare performance in the first three years of ACO contracts for three types of ACOs: integrated delivery systems, out-patient-physician-practice ACOs and coalitions of independent hospitals and practices. They identified four reasons -- two economic and two organizational -- as to why the nearly 1,000 organizations operating as ACOs have generated limited savings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Augmenix touts AMA code, CMS reimbursement for SpaceOar
Augmenix said today that the American Medical Association established a Current Procedural Terminology code for its SpaceOar hydrogel and similar devices, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services setting a payment rate for procedures with the injectable. The Bedford, Mass.-based company said that the AMA established CPT code 55874 for the periprostatic implantation of biodegradable materials, which SpaceOar will be billed under. The code is set to go into effect January 1, 2018. Augmenix also noted that CMS promulgated their 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule to provide an ave...
Source: Mass Device - November 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Oncology Augmenix Inc. Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements
Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating several payment parameters within the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS). The rule also finalizes the sunset of the rural add-on provision, effective for episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 7, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Speech: Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) 2017 Fall Conference
Speech given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seem Verma at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) 2017 Fall Conference. Discusses intentions to increase flexibility for state Medicaid plans, including allowing states to require physically capable individuals to be working, volunteering, or attending school or job training in order to qualify for Medicaid, among other things. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 7, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Prescription Opioids: Medicare Needs to Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Harm
U.S. Government Accountability Office. 10/2017 This 35-page report describes what is known about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)'s oversight of Medicare Part D opioid use and prescribing. It examines CMS oversight of beneficiaries who receive opioid prescriptions under Part D, and CMS oversight of providers who prescribe opioids to Medicare Part D beneficiaries. It recommends that CMS gather information on the full number of at-risk beneficiaries receiving high doses of opioids, and identify providers who prescribe high amounts of opioids. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medici...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Value-based care: CMS ’ s new administrator wants more of it
Seema Verma, CMS’s administrator Seven months into her tenure, CMS administrator Seema Verma is turning out to be highly supportive of value-based care models. In fact, she recently told an audience in Cleveland that she wants them implemented faster. The situation appears to dispel doubts that alternative payment models – such as Accountable Care Organizations or “comprehensive care” models for such big-ticket items as joint replacements – would remain a priority under President Donald Trump’s administration. The move toward paying for “value” versus the old fee-for-ser...
Source: Mass Device - November 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Healthcare Reform Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Cleveland Clinic value-based care Source Type: news

New MACRA rule includes more support for telemedicine, remote patient monitoring
As the Quality Payment Program enters its second year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its  1,653-page final rule on Nov. 2, with an array of implications for the ways physician practices use information technology in 2018. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Mixed results for radiology in final 2018 Hospital OPPS
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACR sounds alarm regarding CMS' site-neutral policy Anthem move shows how payors are 'steering' patients ACR works to boost lung cancer screening payments ACR warns of MRI reimbursement cuts in 2017 ACR, others lobby CMS to rescind low-dose CT cuts (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 6, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back
On November 1, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MedPAC considers repeal of MIPS value program ACR sounds alarm regarding CMS' site-neutral policy Proposed 2018 MPFS rule slashes payment to IDTFs ACR finds favorable signs in 2018 MPFS proposed rule CMS releases 2018 MPFS with 1% radiology pay cut (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 3, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Programs: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; and Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
Pre-publication final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressing changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Also includes policies necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model, and information about new care coordination services and payments for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQCHs). Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for November 15, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 3, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of Decision To Lift the Temporary Moratorium on Enrollment of Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers in Texas
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the lifting of a temporary enrollment moratorium on non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Texas. This notice also applies to non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas. Suspension of the temporary moratorium took effect September 1, 2017, as part of an overall effort to improve Hurricane Harvey disaster response efforts. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 3, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Internists encouraged by payment rules from CMS, note key areas of concern
(American College of Physicians) The American College of Physicians (ACP), expressed support for some of the provisions included in the final rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018, and noted some areas of concern in the rules that were released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 2. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two final rules. The2018 Physician Fee Schedule final rule will modernize the Medicare payment system to create greater competition in the biopharmaceutical market to lower costs. TheQuality Payment Program final rule allows clinicians in small and rural practices to join together and share the responsibility of participating in value-based payments. This rule also decreases the number of clinicians required to participate, provides additional detail on clinician participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs), and includes a new hardship exception for...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 2, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Are You Ready?: The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Rule, Exercises and Drills
American Academy of Pediatrics. 10/24/2017 This one-hour webinar features speakers who describe the key elements of the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. They share examples of activities that children's hospitals can undertake to address the exercise requirements of this rule. (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 - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, and End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program
Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating and revising the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year 2018. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and updates payment rates for renal dialysis services furnished by ESRD facilities to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Provides information specific to small rural hospitals and treatment facilities located in rural areas. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 1, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements
Pre-publication final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating several payment parameters within the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS). The rule also finalizes the sunset of the rural add-on provision, effective for episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018, and final publication the Federal Register is scheduled for November 7, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 1, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
Pre-publication final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for calendar year 2018. Included in the rule is a provision that reduces Medicare Part B payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSHs) and Rural Referral Centers (RRCs) for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Effective January 1, 2018, payments to affected facilities will be reduced from average sales price (ASP) plus six percent, to ASP minus 22.5 percent. Among others, Critic...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 1, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Finalizes Policies that Lower Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs and Increase Access to High-Quality Care
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two Medicare payment rules. TheHospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes for 2018 rule is using the 340B Program to reduce the cost of Medicare Part B drugs for hospitals in order to pass those savings on to beneficiaries. It also places a two-year moratorium on the direct physician supervision requirements for rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals. TheHome Health Prospective Payment System rule will move towards a more patient-centered model. (Source: News stories...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - November 1, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

U.S. News rates best nursing homes — KC area has 11 of them
U.S. News& World Report has ranked the best nursing homes in the U.S., and 11 of them are in the Kansas City area. In all, nearly 2,300 nursing homes made the cut. The magazine used data from Nursing Home Care, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to determine its rankings. This year, U.S. News created a five-star rating scale for nursing homes, with 5 being top performing. Thirty-eight homes in Kansas and 61 from Missouri made t he list. Here are the 11 Kansas City-area… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Andrew Vaupel Source Type: news

U.S. News rates best nursing homes — KC area has 11 of them
U.S. News& World Report has ranked the best nursing homes in the U.S., and 11 of them are in the Kansas City area. In all, nearly 2,300 nursing homes made the cut. The magazine used data from Nursing Home Care, a program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to determine its rankings. This year, U.S. News created a five-star rating scale for nursing homes, with 5 being top performing. Thirty-eight homes in Kansas and 61 from Missouri made t he list. Here are the 11 Kansas City-area… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Andrew Vaupel Source Type: news

Internists support CMS on its patients over paperwork and meaningful measures initiative
(American College of Physicians) In a letter sent today to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, the American College of Physicians (ACP), expressed support and appreciation for the new initiatives recently announced by CMS to put " Patients Over Paperwork " and to ensure that the agency is using " Meaningful Measures " in all of its programs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, and End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program
Pre-publication final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating and revising the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year 2018. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and updates payment rates for renal dialysis services furnished by ESRD facilities to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Provides information specific to small rural hospitals and treatment facilities located in rural areas. Provisions of the rule take effect January 1, 2018, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled fo...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 30, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Administrator Verma Announces New Meaningful Measures Initiative and Addresses Regulatory Reform; Promotes Innovation at LAN Summit
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to quality measurement called "Meaningful Measures," which involves only assessing the core issues that are vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes. This outcome-based approach is part of an effort to streamline quality measures, reduce regulatory burden, and promote innovation. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 30, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Offers Medicare Enrollment Relief for Americans Affected by Recent Disasters
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving individuals who have been impacted by the wildfires in California and the recent hurricanes additional time to enroll in Medicare Part B and premium-Part A if they were unable to make a request during the initial and special enrollment periods. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 30, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

KC orthopedists: Threatened Medicaid program improved joint replacements
Two Kansas City orthopedic practices reduced costs and improved patient outcomes under a model that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed to cancel. Apex Orthopedics and the Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic, both members of Signature Medical Group, reduced the average cost of joint replacements for Medicare patients by an average of 21 percent, or $4,900. Both clinics participated in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiativ e, which changes how physicians… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

KC orthopedists: Medicare program improved joint replacements
Two Kansas City orthopedic practices reduced costs and improved patient outcomes under a model that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed to cancel. Apex Orthopedics and the Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic, both members of Signature Medical Group, reduced the average cost of joint replacements for Medicare patients by an average of 21 percent, or $4,900. Both clinics participated in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiativ e, which changes how physicians… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

KC orthopedists: Medicare program improved joint replacements
Two Kansas City orthopedic practices reduced costs and improved patient outcomes under a model that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed to cancel. Apex Orthopedics and the Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic, both members of Signature Medical Group, reduced the average cost of joint replacements for Medicare patients by an average of 21 percent, or $4,900. Both clinics participated in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiativ e, which changes how physicians… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Approval of an Application From the Joint Commission (TJC) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation Program
Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to approve the Joint Commission's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that wish to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. The Joint Commission's new term takes effect November 21, 2017, and runs through November 21, 2023. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 27, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-July Through September 2017
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from July through September, 2017. 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 - October 27, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application from the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of its Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program; Approval
Pre-publication notice announcing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to approve the Joint Commission's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that wish to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. The Joint Commission's new term takes effect November 21, 2017, and runs through November 21, 2023. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for October 27, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 26, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news