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CMS Proposed Rule to Impact Medicare/Medicaid Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes a $3 billion increase for inpatient hospitals in fiscal year 2018. The agency also wants to alter its reimbursement method for uncompensated care -- a move that is expected to rile hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.

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Initiative Aims to Raise Awareness about Chronic Care Resources

The CMS Office of Minority Health and the federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration have launched Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of Chronic Care Management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs.

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OIG Releases FY 2016 Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Statistical Data

In FY 2016, State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) were responsible for 1,721 indictments, 1,564 convictions, and $1.8 billion in criminal and civil recoveries, as reported to the Office of Inspector General.

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March is National Kidney Month

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease. Medicare Part B covers preventive screening tests that help detect diabetes and high blood pressure -- two conditions that may lead to kidney damage.

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Beneficiaries Saved $26 Billion-plus on Rx Drugs Since 2010

More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs -- an average of $2,272 per beneficiary -- since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. In 2016 alone, over 4.9 million seniors and people with disabilities received discounts of over $5.6 billion, for an average of $1,149 per beneficiary.

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Health Info and Care Preferences Quality Measures Pilot Study

CMS has contracted with RTI and Abt to develop and implement two Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences (TOH) quality measures. The TOH measures meet requirements under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act) of 2014.

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Agency Drops Controversial Physician Reimbursement Proposal

The proposal, which surfaced last March, sought comments on testing six different alternative approaches for Part B drugs for the purpose of improving outcomes and aligning incentives to improve the quality of care and spending taxpayer dollars more wisely.

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CMS Announces Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveils the Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, a new initiative designed to improve the quality of care and lower costs for beneficiaries who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.

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CMS Launches Two New ‘Compare’ Sites for Consumers

CMS has just unveiled new Compare websites for both Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs).

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Latest Data Released on Racial, Ethnic Differences in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has released data detailing the health care experiences and quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries by racial or ethnic group. The data released focus on care received in 2014-2015. Earlier this year, CMS OMH released data on care received in 2013-2014.

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