Older Arizona voters criticize Congress on health care: poll
New Politico/AARP poll reveals older Arizona voters disapprove of Congressional policies on Medicare and prescription drugs. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - July 21, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Updated TAVR Consensus Document Highlights Quality, Not Just Volume Updated TAVR Consensus Document Highlights Quality, Not Just Volume
The multisociety document lays the groundwork for judging TAVR program performance based on quality of care and volume, while the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is reviewing minimum volume.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

AngioDynamics to pay $13m to settle False Claims charges
AngioDynamics (NSDQ:ANGO) agreed to pay a total of nearly $13 million to settle charges that it broke the False Claims Act for a chemotherapy delivery device and a peripheral vein treatment. Latham, N.Y.-based AngioDynamics distributed the LC Bead embolization microspheres made by BTG (LON:BTG) subsidiary Biocompatibles. Although cleared for embolizations, the companies allegedly marketed LC Bead from May 2006 through December 2011 as a drug-delivery vehicle for chemotherapy agents, according to federal prosecutors in New York and Texas. The company admitted no liability in agreeing to the settlements, they ...
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Legal News AngioDynamics Source Type: news

The New Old Age: Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.
Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover adult day care, home modifications and other new benefits. But they may not be available to all enrollees every year. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Elderly Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Verma, Seema Medicare Advantage United States Politics and Government Kaiser Family Foundation Source Type: news

Pramila Jayapal leads 'Medicare for All' caucus
At least 70 House Democrats have joined a caucus endorsing a “Medicare for All” single-payer healthcare system in which every American would be covered by a government-funded insurance program.  “We are united today by a common conviction that healthcare is a human right,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who represents Washington's 7th congressional district, said during a launch event Thursday for the caucus, “That health care must be affordable and accessible to all residents of the United States,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Pramila Jayapal leads 'Medicare for All' caucus
At least 70 House Democrats have joined a caucus endorsing a “Medicare for All” single-payer healthcare system in which every American would be covered by a government-funded insurance program.  “We are united today by a common conviction that healthcare is a human right,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said during a launch event Thursday for the c aucus, “That health care must be affordable and accessible to all residents of the United States, and that one of the best ways to ensure… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program: A Data Book (June 2018)
Publication provides data on Medicare spending, demographics of the Medicare population, beneficiaries'access to care, and quality of care in the program, among other information. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment by September 18, 2018 on its intention to collect information for the evaluation of CMS Quality Improvement Organizations' medication safety and adverse drug event prevention activities. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Gout in the Elderly: A Risk Factor for AFib
(MedPage Today) -- The risk was increased by more than 70% in a Medicare cohort (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mercy Health teams with insurer on new plans
Mercy Health, which claims to operate the largest hospital system in Ohio, will partner with Bright Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans to seniors in Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo. Minneapolis-based Bright Health filed paperwork with the federal government to begin offering 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio during this fall’s annual enrollment period. The insurer received conditional approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare is a federal… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Oak Street Health reveals sites of first 3 Philadelphia-area Medicare primary care centers
Two of the centers geared for older adults will be in Philadelphia. The third will be in Montgomery County. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Cancer Groups Object to Medicare Proposals to Cut Part B Cancer Groups Object to Medicare Proposals to Cut Part B
Oncology groups are opposed to the new plans that will reduce physician reimbursement under Plan B for newly approved drugs, which are invariably expensive.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Geographic factors affect mammography uptake
Use of mammography screening services in the Medicare population varies at...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Geography, lack of specialization hinder imaging access How effective are mobile mammography programs? Medicare imaging use varies widely at county level DBT use inconsistent across the U.S. Do 'vulnerable' women lack access to breast imaging? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Radiology 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, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodologies for rural ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Pa. Supreme Court affirms end to Highmark-UPMC Medicare Advantage contract
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a Commonwealth Court ruling and set the expiration date of a Medicare Advantage contract between Highmark and UPMC as June 30, 2019. The ruling in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. UPMC was the latest in a line of court battles between Highmark and UPMC over the end of its contracts and consent decrees, which will for the most part end on June 30, 2019. Chief Justice Thomas Saylor's ruling affirms UPMC's contention that the Medi care Advantage contracts… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Mercy Health teams with insurer on new plans
Mercy Health, which claims to operate the largest hospital system in Ohio, revealed today it will partner with Bright Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans to seniors in Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo. Minneapolis-based Bright Health filed paperwork with the federal government to begin offering 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio during this fall’s annual enrollment period. The insurer received conditional approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Mercy Health teams with insurer on new plans
Mercy Health, which claims to operate the largest hospital system in Ohio, revealed today it will partner with Bright Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans to seniors in Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo. Minneapolis-based Bright Health filed paperwork with the federal government to begin offering 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio during this fall’s annual enrollment period. The insurer received conditional approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Medicare Will Likely Face Pushback on Physician Pay Changes Medicare Will Likely Face Pushback on Physician Pay Changes
CMS has unveiled a proposed overhaul of evaluation and management billing that may create'winners and losers'among specialties, while leaving the 2018 MIPS reporting period unchanged.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

TriHealth, St. Elizabeth partner on health insurance plans
TriHealth and St. Elizabeth HealthCare are partnering with Mutual of Omaha and Lumeris to launch new Medicare Advantage health insurance plans for seniors in Greater Cincinnati. The new offering will be available for the 2019 plan year. Medicare is a federal health insurance program. Seniors can get such benefits through the government or Medicare Advantage plans offered by private companies approved by the federal agency, which pays the companies. Sometimes called MA pl ans, Medicare Advantage… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Insurers And Government Are Slow To Cover Expensive CAR-T Cancer Therapy
Treatment costs for the immunotherapy can run to more than $1 million. Some state Medicaid programs aren't paying for the treatment, and Medicare's complicated payment rates have hospitals worried.(Image credit: Fanatic Studio/Collection Mix: Subjects RF/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Andrews Source Type: news

Demand for second opinions prompts Medicare payment
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has often denied payment...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Second opinions change half of breast imaging results SIIM: Patients should have access to imaging studies Second opinions of outside mammograms find more cancer How useful are second opinion breast imaging reads? Image sharing presents challenges to the enterprise (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Radiology 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) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS); 2) Medicare Subpart D-Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria, which provides additional payment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Comments are due by September 17, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The rise of secondary imaging interpretations
(Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute) Among Medicare beneficiaries, the frequency of billed secondary interpretation services for diagnostic imaging services increased from 2003 to 2016 across a broad range of modalities and body regions, often dramatically. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PhRMA submission to HHS on blueprint to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs
Today, PhRMA submitted comprehensive comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request for information (RFI),HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs. While some of the changes in the RFI could make improvements to the system, others would be a step backward for patients: (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Access drug cost 340B Part D Medicare out of pocket costs trade Part B Value-Driven Health Care The Value Collaborative Source Type: news

What Is Medicare For All?
Advocates for " Medicare for All " say Medicare updates the U.S. by “joining the rest of the industrialized world, where health care is universal” and will save money and improve health outcomes. Despite detractors, no expert advocates going back to the system before Medicare. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Teresa Ghilarducci, Contributor Source Type: news

Colorado leads, Massachusetts lags on state telemedicine laws, reimbursement
Last week ’s announcement of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new fee schedule could mean a big increase in the amount of care given via telemedicine that’s reimbursed by Medicare. But for its state-funded cousin Medicaid, the availability of telemedicine services varies greatly based on w here you are. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CMS new rule: Experts weigh in on big changes to clinical documentation, EHRs and interoperability
The " historic changes " announced late yesterday by the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, promising big adjustments to its policies around the Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program, already have the healthcare industry talking. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CMS new rule: Industry reacts to big changes to telehealth, clinical documentation, and interoperability
The " historic changes " announced late yesterday by the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, promising big adjustments to its policies around the Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program, already have the healthcare industry talking. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

How patient consumerism affects today's radiology practice
Consumerism in the world of healthcare means that patients are taking a more...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments First steps toward APM participation for radiologists How important is the MIPS cost category to radiology? Are you ready for Medicare's value modifier adjustment for 2018? Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by August 15, 2018 on the evaluation of the technical assistance provided to CMS programs as they integrate health equity into their programs, as determined through the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 16, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Largest Hospitals in Washington State by Medicare Payments
The 25 hospitals ranked on The List received $11.4 billion in Medicare payments in 2017, which is about 80 percent of all Medicare payments made to hospitals in Washington state that year. In total, Medicare paid out $14.2 billion in Washington state in 2017.This List ranks hospitals in Washington state by Medicare payments. Information was obtained from the Washington State Department of Health and hospital websites. In case of ties, hospitals are listed alphabetically.This List was researched and compiled by Research Director Melissa Crowe. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Largest Hospitals in Washington State by Medicare Payments
The 25 hospitals ranked on The List received $11.4 billion in Medicare payments in 2017, which is about 80 percent of all Medicare payments made to hospitals in Washington state that year. In total, Medicare paid out $14.2 billion in Washington state in 2017.This List ranks hospitals in Washington state by Medicare payments. Information was obtained from the Washington State Department of Health and hospital websites. In case of ties, hospitals are listed alphabetically.This List was researched and compiled by Research Director Melissa Crowe. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 14, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Tepid Reactions to Medicare Fee Schedule Proposal
(MedPage Today) -- Medical groups criticize data reporting period, Part B changes (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CMS Releases Planned Changes for 2019 Medicare Payments
CMS has released its 2019 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule and has included proposed rules for the Quality Payment Program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

In-Depth: A peek inside the United States Digital Service at HHS
The US government has never been known for its easy-to-use web platforms. At one point getting Medicare or Medicaid information could turn into hours of navigating an antiquated platform. But some of these websites are getting a facelift and becoming faster, simpler, and easier to use. In part, that ’s thanks to the brain power of the US Digital Service (USDS), a team of technologists that come to Washington to tackle some of the most difficult tech issues in government. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

St. Louis County doctor pleads guilty of obstructing FBI investigation
A St. Louis County doctor has pleaded guilty to obstructing an FBI investigation regarding Medicare billing. Dr. Vidal Sheen, 58, who operated a medical office in St. Louis County, pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing an investigation by the FBI regarding whether he billed the Medicare program and private insurers for “face to face” office visits with patients, during times when he was traveling outs ide the state of Missouri, and in some cases outside the U.S., according to a release from the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

St. Louis County doctor pleads guilty of obstructing FBI investigation
A St. Louis County doctor has pleaded guilty to obstructing an FBI investigation regarding Medicare billing. Dr. Vidal Sheen, 58, who operated a medical office in St. Louis County, pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing an investigation by the FBI regarding whether he billed the Medicare program and private insurers for “face to face” office visits with patients, during times when he was traveling outs ide the state of Missouri, and in some cases outside the U.S., according to a release from the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Radiology escapes big cuts to Medicare payments in 2019
Radiology will largely escape major cuts in reimbursement for Medicare studies...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules How 2018 coding changes will affect radiology practices No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back MedPAC considers repeal of MIPS value program (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Midterm Elections Could Influence Future of Medicare
The next Congress will face difficult decisions on the future of Medicare. ... Beneficiaries could be asked to pick up a larger share of the costs. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - July 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 27, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2018 Category: Rural 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, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodol...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Internists optimistic about proposed CMS payment rule, recognize areas to improve
(American College of Physicians) Washington, DC (July 13, 2018) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) is encouraged by provisions included in the proposed rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2019, while recognizing several areas for improvement in the rules that were released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 12. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2019 Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Announced
(MedPage Today) -- Includes many provisions aimed at easing provider paperwork burden (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medicare Proposes Major Physician Pay Changes Medicare Proposes Major Physician Pay Changes
CMS proposes a way to pay physicians for checking on images sent by patients and virtual follow-up visits and other changes intended to use technology to expand access to care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

CMS's 2019 proposal makes broad strides in telehealth, interoperability, documentation
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its new proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Program updates for 2019, and the announcement includes some big strides forward in promoting digital health technology, including widened telemedicine coverage, an overhaul of documentation requirements, and a new focus on interoperability. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Medicare proposes to pay docs for analyzing texted photos
Medicare says it wants to pay doctors for analyzing texted images and for video chats with patients (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Medicare May Soon Pay Doctors For Diagnosis Via Text Message
Medicare may soon pay physicians for evaluating patient illness and ailments via seniors'text messages and other digital means, the Trump administration announced Thursday. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:ANTM NYSE:AET Source Type: news

CMS proposes change in the drug payment amount under Medicare Part B
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services on Thursday proposed a change in the payment amount for new drugs under its Part B program, amid the Trump administration's attempts to tackle escalating prices of drugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

DATA DIVE: Staffing levels swing sharply day-to-day at Louisville-area nursing homes (MAP)
New data from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services shows that local nursing homes see sharp swings in staffing on a day-to-day basis. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases Reports on the Performance of the Exchanges and Individual Health Insurance Market
CMS released three reports that provide important information on the current condition of the Federal and State-based Exchanges and state individual health insurance markets. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news