Trump's $200 prescription cards won't hit mailboxes just yet
If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox just yet looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Questions Persist About Trump Plan for Drug Discount Cards Questions Persist About Trump Plan for Drug Discount Cards
Administration officials on Friday provided few details about Trump's proposed roughly $6.6 billion initiative, other than saying the proposed Medicare drug discount cards would not reach all eligible people at the same time.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - September 26, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Gilead pays $97M to settle charity foundation case, claims no wrongdoing
Gilead Sciences Inc. will pay $97 million to settle Justice Department claims that the Peninsula drug maker illegally used a foundation to cover the copays of thousands of Medicare patients taking a hypertension drug. The case is part of an ongoing push by the Justice Department to halt the practice of drugmakers using foundations as conduits that it says circumvent cost-control measures in the Medicare program. The practice can leave taxpayers to pick up much of the cost when companies increase… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

‘It’s Been a Matter of Life and Death.’ Dr. Bonnie Castillo on How Nurses Have Been Left to Fend for Themselves During the Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on, the American health care system has depended on the tireless efforts of nurses to care for the ill, tend to the dying, and stop the illness from seeping outside hospital doors. But despite all of these nurses’ dedication, they themselves have been let down—not only by state and local governments, but by the health care system as a whole, says Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse and executive director of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association. Castillo, who was recognized for her advocacy work as a member of the 2020 TIME100 list of the most influe...
Source: TIME: Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 TIME100 Talks 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

Trump pledges to send $200 drug discount cards to Medicare recipients weeks before election; funding source unclear
The White House says the nearly $7 billion initiative could be funded with savings from a program yet to receive regulatory approval. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein 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

U.S. Hospitals Charging Insurers More Than Twice Medicare Rates U.S. Hospitals Charging Insurers More Than Twice Medicare Rates
Hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released September 21.Georgia Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news

AMVC Fall 2020: AI can improve efficiency, reduce stress
The second article in a two-part series on Dr. Eliot Siegel's presentation...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Will Medicare reimbursement propel radiology AI market? AMVC Fall 2020: AI can reshape radiology post-COVID-19 COVID-19 has major impact on radiology operations Practical Considerations of AI: Part 7 -- Economics AI reduces no-shows for MRI exams (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 24, 2020 Category: Radiology 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

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

Medicare Loan Relief to Help Docs'Recoup Losses' in House Bill Medicare Loan Relief to Help Docs'Recoup Losses' in House Bill
The American Medical Association announced that the continuing resolution to fund government would also temporarily lengthen the Medicare advance repayment period and reduce the interest rate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Medicare delays recoupment of advances
One of the fastest sources of emergency funding available to practices at the...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radiology's declining reimbursement spans over a decade Medicare proposes major cut to radiology for 2021 Early pandemic funding sources may require action now Medicare requires prior authorization for venous ablationComments: 9/22/2020 7:51:38 AMRob S. Hello:  The the treasury interest rate changes quarterly. https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jeb/topics/overpayment-recoupment/overpayment-interest-rates   The current interest rate is actually 9.5% vs. the 10.25% stated in this ...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 22, 2020 Category: Radiology 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

Novel Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Incur High Costs in Medicare Novel Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Incur High Costs in Medicare
In Medicare Part D, beneficiaries pay 3 to 8 times more out of pocket for SGLT2 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists, and DPP-4 inhibitors than for older glucose-lowering agents.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - September 21, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News 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

Medicare Will Test Pay Models for Radiation Oncology, Dialysis Medicare Will Test Pay Models for Radiation Oncology, Dialysis
CMS unveiled a final rule allowing Medicare to next year begin a test of bundled payment for radiation therapy. The rule also approves a kidney care model that encourages use of home-based treatments.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Study: Private insurers pay 2 1/2 times what Medicare does for hospital services
Private insurers paid roughly 2.5 times what Medicare paid for hospital-based treatment in 2018, an analysis released Friday by the RAND Corp. found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care
The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Hospitals Medicare Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Finances Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) United States Politics and Government Research Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Rand Co Source Type: news

Private Health Plans in the U.S. Pay Hospitals 247% of What Medicare Would Pay
Prices paid to hospitals nationally during 2018 by privately insured patients averaged 247% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - September 18, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation 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

HHS: Medicare Program; Administrative Law Judge Hearing Program for Medicare Claim and Entitlement Appeals; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-April Through June 2020
Quarterly notice from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) listing the instructions finalized during the period of April through June 2020 related to procedures for carrying out adjudicative functions to resolve disagreements with Medicare claims. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on 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

ACOs Rack Up Largest Savings Ever for Medicare ACOs Rack Up Largest Savings Ever for Medicare
CMS Administrator Verma cites the higher savings rates of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Pathways to Success and downside risk tracks.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Business of Medicine News Source Type: news

Statins Going Generic Saved Medicare Billions
Statins are the most popular type of cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States, prescribed to more than 35 million people. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Medicare Education Week: The history of Medicare Part D
Today, in honor of National Medicare Education Week, we ’ll be taking a quick look back at the history of Medicare, specifically the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit . (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - September 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tom Wilbur Tags: Part D Source Type: news

Trump ’s Executive Order On Medicare Drug Pricing Strikingly Similar To Pelosi’s H.R. 3 Bill
There ’s barely any space between Trump, Biden, and Pelosi on prescription drug pricing. Biden’s ideas on drug pricing encompass the pricing objectives and means to achieve these goals, as outlined in the H.R. 3 bill and Trump's executive order. This includes use of international price benchmarking. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Medicare and employer-provided health insurance: Not always an ideal pairing
People who know me know that I love wine; I often get asked what is my favorite wine, to which I usually reply that it depends on what I am eating with it. You see, my preferred way to drink wine is with food, and I enjoy trying to figure out how to best match one with the other. On a rainy day a few pre-Covid-19 months ago, I met a friend at an excellent Seattle wine bar where we shared some French goat cheese on fresh bread with a bottle of a southern Rhone red wine – man, was that delicious.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 15, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kevin Norris Source Type: news

Statins Going Generic Saved Medicare Billions
Title: Statins Going Generic Saved Medicare BillionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/14/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - September 15, 2020 Category: Cardiology 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

New Jersey Blues Plan Links With Two Big Health Systems To Tap Medicare Advantage
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and two of the state ’s biggest hospital systems are forming a health plan specifically to tap into the fast-growing business of Medicare Advantage, the privatized health insurance for seniors. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Money /money Election 2020 /election-2020 business pharma Source Type: news

Statins Going Generic Saved Medicare Billions
MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2020 -- Here's evidence that prescription drugs don't have to cost a fortune: New research finds Medicare saved billions as more generic cholesterol-lowering medications became available, even though the number of Americans using... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 14, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Trump Issues Expansive Order Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices
The order expands on a presidential promise by trying to reduce the prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs, but experts said it was unclear whether the White House could carry out the directive. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheryl Gay Stolberg Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Executive Orders and Memorandums United States Politics and Government Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Medicare Health Insurance and Managed Care Health and Human Services Department Trump, Donald J 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

Is Rural Appalachia a Hotspot for Alzheimer's?
FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Alzheimer's disease is more common in rural Appalachian areas of Ohio than in other rural parts of the state, new research shows. For the study, the investigators analyzed 11 years of Medicare data, ending in 2017, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine 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

Internists urge Congress to support planned increases in payments for E/M services
(American College of Physicians) Today the American College of Physicians (ACP) sent a letter to every member of Congress stressing the importance that the planned increases in payments for evaluation and management (E/M) services and other changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule move forward as scheduled on Jan. 1. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Safety-net clinicians' caseloads received reduced merit-based incentive payment scores
(Saint Louis University) A team of researchers led by Kenton Johnston, Ph.D., conducted a study to investigate how outpatient clinicians that treated disproportionately high caseloads of socially at-risk Medicare patients (safety-net clinicians) performed under Medicare's new mandatory Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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