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Medicare/Medicaid

 
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NEW! CMS Issues Improved Medicare Home Health Booklet

Current quality measures and payment incentives for home health agencies do not meaningfully measure care for people who need maintenance care. As a result, many beneficiaries with chronic conditions who require maintenance care are not able to access the level of home health care described in the Booklet and authorized by Medicare law.

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Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers in No. Cal.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation f...

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Medicare Advantage Market Continues Looking Good

Many health insurers are avoiding the Affordable Care Act public exchange program this fall but leveraging the Medicare Advantage program.

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Equitable Relief Period Extended for Medicare Recipients

Many people who had Marketplace coverage and then qualified for Medicare kept their Marketplace coverage and did not enroll in Medicare because they mistakenly believed that their Marketplace subsidies would continue. As a result, these individuals now face Medicare Part B late enrollment penalties...

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CMS Granting Exceptions to Medicare Reporting Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialy...

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CMS Unveils More Medicare Options for 2018

People with Medicare will have more choices and options for their Medicare coverage in 2018, according to officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Special Enrollment Periods for Those Impacted by Hurricanes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make special enrollment periods available for all Medicare beneficiaries and certain individuals seeking health plans offered via the Federal Health Insurance Exchange. Individuals and families who have been affected by Hurricane...

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New Medicare Card Design Unveiled

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this past week gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number.

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IRF & LTCH Provider Preview Reports Now Available

. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging providers to review their performance data on each quality measure based on Quarter 1 - 2016 to Quarter 4 - 2016 data, prior to the December 2017 IRF and LTCH Compare refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed.

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Hospice Compare Website Now Available for Consumers

CMS this past week unveiled its new Hospice Compare website. The site displays information in a ready-toญญ-use format and provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice facility offers to its patients.

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