Molina Healthcare buying Affinity Health Plan of New York for $380 million
Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare said Affinity has 284,000 Medicaid members and serves members in New York City, Westchester, Orange, Nassau, Suffolk, and Rockland counties in New York. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

Covid'Testing Hell': Devices Given to Nursing Homes Bring New Problems
The federal government sent free rapid-test machines to 14,000 facilities. But they have come with unexpected costs, cumbersome reporting rules and questions about accuracy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Jacobs Tags: Tests (Medical) Nursing Homes Elderly Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Medical Devices Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Molina To Buy Affinity Health Plan For $380 Million In Medicaid Deal
Molina Healthcare said it will buy Affinity Health Plan for $380 million in cash, expanding the health insurer ’s Medicaid government health benefits businesses deeper into New York. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Retail /retail Editors' Pick editors-pick pharma Source Type: news

Public Inspection: Medicare Program: Approval of Application by The Compliance Team for Initial CMS-Approval of Its Home Infusion Therapy Accreditation Program; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services correcting the effective date published in theSeptember 28, 2020 notice regarding the approval of The Compliance Team for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. The correction is effective September 28, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures
Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implementing two new mandatory Medicare payment models: the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). The RO Model will test whether prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for radiation therapy episodes of care preserves or enhances the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing Medicare program spending. The ETC Model adjusts Medicare payments on certain dialysis and dialysis-related claim...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Updates COVID-19 Testing Methodology for Nursing Homes
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an update to the methodology employed to determine the rate of COVID-19 cases in counties, affecting nursing homes who are required to test staff for COVID-19 based on the positivity rate of their respective counties. The changes help to reduce the burden on nursing homes in rural counties with seemingly high comparative positivity rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Kids' Use of Medicaid, CHIP Fell During Pandemic, CMS Says Kids' Use of Medicaid, CHIP Fell During Pandemic, CMS Says
After a sharp drop-off, services have partly come back, but vaccinations, screenings, and dental care are still way down from 2019.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - September 28, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

ACA reduced out-of-pocket health costs for families with kids, but they still need help
FINDINGSThe percentage of low- and middle-income families with children that had burdensome out-of-pockethealth care costs fell following the 2014 implementation of thehealthinsurancemarketplaces and Medicaidexpansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act,known widelyas Obamacare, according to a new study by Lauren Wisk, an assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues.Before the ACA, the study shows,35.6% of the lowest-income families experienced burdensome costs, but this fell to 23.7% post-ACA. For low-income families,the proportion fell from 24.6% to 17.3%, and for middle-income fam...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Appeals; Adjustment to the Amount in Controversy Threshold Amounts for Calendar Year 2021
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2021 AIC threshold amounts are $180 for ALJ hearings and $1,760 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Approval of Application by The Compliance Team for Initial CMS-Approval of Its Home Infusion Therapy Accreditation Program
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving The Compliance Team for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. This approval is effective October 1, 2020 through October 1, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Approval of Application by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for Initial CMS-Approval of Its Home Infusion Therapy Accreditation Program
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. This approval is effective September 26, 2020 through September 26, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application From the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC) for Continued Approval of Its Home Health Agency Accreditation Program
Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for continued recognition of Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC) as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies that want to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 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) Beneficiary and Family Centered Data Collection; 2) PACE Quality Data Monitoring and Reporting; and 3) Establishment of an Exchange by a State and Qualified Health Plans. Comments are due by October 28, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACA reduced out-of-pocket health costs for families with kids, but they still need help
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) The percentage of low- and middle-income families with children that had burdensome out-of-pocket health care costs fell following the 2014 implementation of the health insurance marketplaces and Medicaid expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act, known widely as Obamacare. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Approval of Application by the Community Health Accreditation Partner for Initial CMS-Approval of Its Home Infusion Therapy Accreditation
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for initial recognition as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers that wish to participate in the Medicare program. This approval is effective September 25, 2020 through September 25, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 25, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Vaccinations for children from low-income families have plunged by more than 20%
Between March and May 2020, 1.7 million fewer vaccinations for children up to age two were administered, a 22% decline, new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children's Routine Care Plummets During Pandemic
THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 -- There has been a steep drop in routine medical care for low-income children in the United States during the pandemic, which could cause long-term problems, the U.S. Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services says. For... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Telehealth use in Florida jumps during pandemic
Florida Medicaid providers have turned to remote medicine to connect with patients. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: News Service of Florida Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Discussions and Reopenings with DME Suppliers and Part A Providers; 3) Medicare Program: Conditions for Payment of Power Mobility Devices, including Power Wheelchairs and Power-Operated Vehicles; 4) State Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control Sample Selection Lists; and 5) Quality Improvement Strategy Implementation Plan, Progress Report Form and Modification Summary Supplement. Comments are due by October 26, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Disappointing Affordable Care Act
The ACA has largely failed. Premiums and deductibles increased while choices declined. Exchange enrollment is 60% below expectations although Medicaid enrollment surged. President Trump's policies have been a dramatic improvement, but there are far better ways to spend $1.8T over the next decade. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Blase, Contributor Tags: Policy /policy Business /business Healthcare /healthcare Source Type: news

Will Medicare reimbursement propel radiology AI market?
The decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' earlier...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: C-MIMI: Use of AI in radiology is evolving Medical imaging AI market projected for strong growth CMS approves payments for Viz.ai software AI, radiomics can predict stroke treatment success Viz.ai debuts new stroke care AI platform (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 23, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of $165 million in supplemental funding to states operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. Each state is eligible for up to $5 million to accelerate long-term care system transformation design and implementation and to expand home and community-based care services capacity. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures
Pre-publication notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implementing two new mandatory Medicare payment models: the Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Model (ETC Model). The RO Model will test whether prospective episode payments to hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for radiation therapy episodes of care preserves or enhances the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries while reducing Medicare program spending. The ETC Model adjusts Medicare payments on certain dialysis and dialys...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here ’s What It Would Mean
The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson and Abby Goodnough Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Medicaid Opioids and Opiates Supreme Court (US) Medicare Trump, Donald J your-feed-healthcare Content Type: Service Source Type: news

Radiation tied to breast cancer delays for Black women
Black women with breast cancer may be more likely to experience treatment delays...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Women with DCIS have 3x the risk of breast cancer death Do breast screening guidelines overlook Black women? Medicaid expansion tied to early breast cancer diagnosis Insurance plays major role in breast cancer disparities Black women still at higher risk of breast cancer death (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A.
Experts said the memo would make it more difficult for the F.D.A. to issue new rules, but it ’s unclear how it would affect the vetting of coronavirus vaccines. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Regulation and Deregulation of Industry United States Politics and Government Food and Drug Administration Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Source Type: news

CMS releases new payment model for radiation oncology
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released its...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Groups tout value of nuclear medicine to Congress Expanded Medicaid tied to more thyroid cancer diagnoses CMS approves payments for Viz.ai software No need to defer cancer treatment for fear of COVID-19 Radiology's declining reimbursement spans over a decade (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Expanded Medicaid tied to more thyroid cancer diagnoses
Expanded Medicaid coverage was linked to the diagnosis of more thyroid cancer...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Some cancers found earlier after Medicaid expansion Medicaid expansion tied to early breast cancer diagnosis Medicaid expansion under ACA linked to fewer cancer deaths Is thyroid cancer overdiagnosed for 9/11 first responders? Medicaid expansion boosted cancer screening rates (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Radiology 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 Final Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2021 Rates; Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the FY 2021 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for capital and operating costs of acute care hospitals, make changes to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Also provides the market basket updated that applies to the rate-of-increase limits for certain hospitals excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis, updates payment policies and rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatient hospital servi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry; 2) Mandatory Insurer Reporting Requirements of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Act of 2007; 3) Part D Coordination of Benefits Data; and 4) State Collection and Reporting of Dental Provider and Benefit Package Information on the Insure Kids Now! Website and Hotline. Comments are due by November 17, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Oregon Medicaid organizations showed improvement in 2019, according to new report
The CCOs manage care for 1 million Oregonians on Medicaid. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 17, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Association Between CMS Quality Ratings and COVID-19 Outbreaks in Nursing Homes - West Virginia, March 17-June 11, 2020
This report describes an association between Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services quality ratings and COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes in West Virginia. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 17, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Source Type: news

Donald Trump Is Losing On An Issue Voters Care A Lot About. Here ’s How He’s Trying to Change That
With nearly 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and millions more who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs this year, President Donald Trump tried this week—as he has done throughout his presidency—to change the conversation. On Sunday, the President issued a new executive order aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, an issue dear to many voters, and boasted on Twitter that “prices are coming down FAST.” The reality is more complicated. Trump’s new executive order, which revokes and replaces a different executive order on drug prices that he signed in July, directs the...
Source: TIME: Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized 2020 Election COVID-19 Explainer News Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on reestablishing the "Do Not Pay Initiative" computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury. The program provides CMS with information from Treasury's Working System which CMS will use to identify Medicare providers and suppliers who are ineligible for Medicare enrollment; to promptly suspend or revoke the Medicare billing privileges of the identified disqualified providers and suppliers; to enable recoupment of past payments made to those providers and suppliers; to assist CMS in detecting and preventing f...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Announces New Guidance for Safe Visitation in Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for nursing homes on safely facilitating visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations include encouraging nursing homes to utilize outdoor visitation and only allowing indoor visitation if there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in 14 days. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Recent administration actions undermine patient assistance programs
While all eyes and ears are focused on COVID-19 and beating this pandemic, the administration has pursued harmful policy changes that we can ’t let slip under the radar. In two back-to-back regulatory actions in recent months, the administration has taken steps to make it harder for biopharmaceutical manufacturers to offer assistance to commercially insured patients. Why do these changes matter? Both could lead to patients being forced to pay more out of pocket for their medicines in the middle of a public health and economic crisis, when we should be doing the exact opposite - finding ways to lower costs for patient...
Source: The Catalyst - September 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Out-of-Pocket Costs Medicaid Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a revision to an information collection titled "Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey." The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is a nationally-representative, longitudinal survey of Medicare beneficiaries that helps CMS and stakeholders understand and evaluate the impact of Medicare programs and new policy initiatives. Comments are due by November 16, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Releases CHART Model Notice of Funding Opportunity, Encourages Rural Communities to Apply
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track. 15 rural communities will be chosen to receive up-front funding from the Community Transformation Track to help design systems that improve access high quality care. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Issues New Roadmap for States to Accelerate Adoption of Value-Based Care to Improve Quality of Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid directors to aid in the adoption of value-based care strategies across their healthcare systems. The guidance includes an assessment of key lessons in implementing value-based care reforms and a comprehensive toolkit of available federal authorities to help states adopt innovative payment reform efforts. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Expenditures for primary care may affect how primary care is delivered
This study looks at trends in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for visits to primary care physicians. Using the 2002-2017 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), the authors described changes in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for primary care visits for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. If current trends continue, the authors would expect increasing difficulty with primary care physician access, particularly for Medicaid patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medicaid rolls swell amid the pandemic’s historic job losses, straining state budgets
Nevada serves as a cautionary tale, with a 13.5 percent increase in enrollment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

COVID-19 is Still Devastating Nursing Homes. The Trump Administration Isn ’t Doing Much To Stop It
At least 75,000 Americans in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have already died from COVID-19—and the devastation is far from over. After a decrease earlier this summer, the death toll is now rising once again, and as the country heads into the fall and then flu season, millions of Americans who require institutional long-term care remain at the greatest risk. But, so far, the Trump Administration has talked a big talk—and mostly failed to deliver. The White House trumpeted its efforts to send personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing materials to long-term care facilities, but the suppli...
Source: TIME: Health - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 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) Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Certification and Survey Forms; 2) Generic Clearance for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality IT Product and Support Teams; 3) Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency; and 4) Value in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Demonstration. Comments are due by October 13, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 11, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Do breast screening guidelines overlook Black women?
Guidelines that recommend breast screening beginning at age 50 could leave...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Hormone receptor-positive cancers on the rise Medicaid expansion tied to early breast cancer diagnosis Black women still at higher risk of breast cancer death Racial factors affect time to breast cancer treatment Black women have worse breast cancer outcomes (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 10, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Unity Center for Behavioral Health responds to another round of patient safety complaints
Unity has submitted a plan of correction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Oregon Health Authority. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 9, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes 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 an interim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A second-opinion program for the care of youths prescribed five or more psychotropics in Washington State - Barclay RP, Dillon-Naftolin E, Russell D, Hilt RJ.
This retrospective study describes a second-opinion review program for the care of children in Washington State who received Medicaid coverage and who were prescribed five or more psychotropic medications, primarily by mental health specialists. In total, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Watchdog report blasts KCK nursing home that was early Covid-19 hot spot
A scathing federal inspection of practices at a Kansas City, Kan., nursing home that was an early hot spot for Covid-19 could help the 12 lawsuits filed against the facility, which saw dozens of people die from the disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspection found that workers at Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation returned to work the day after testing positive and wore the same PPE when moving between residents who were positive and residents who at the time tested negative,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

CMS approves payments for Viz.ai software
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a reimbursement...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Viz.ai debuts new stroke care AI platform Medtronic, Viz.ai team up on stroke care Viz.ai adds $21M in new funding FDA OK's Viz.ai's CT software FDA clears Viz.ai's stroke detection software (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 3, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Final Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2021 Rates; Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the FY 2021 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for capital and operating costs of acute care hospitals, make changes to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and payments to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Also provides the market basket updated that applies to the rate-of-increase limits for certain hospitals excluded from the IPPS that are paid on a reasonable cost basis, updates payment policies and rates for the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) for inpatien...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news