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Are You Ready for the Big Switch on Medicare ID Cards?

If you’re operating a Medicare-approved facility that provides services to seniors, you should be aware that Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.

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CMS Wrongfully Paid $729.4 Million in EHR Incentive Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services erroneously paid $729.4 million in incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals failing to meet "meaningful use" requirements in connection with the nascent electronic health records program.

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AHCA Not Only Threatens Medicaid, It Also Impacts Medicare

Even though the bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare – namely, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – doesn’t include explicit changes to Medicare, the legislation could have a profound impact on the 11 million Medicare beneficiaries who also rely on Medicaid for key components of their care.

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CMS Approves 3-Year Extension on HCBS Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a three-year extension for state Medicaid programs to meet the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings requirements for settings operating before March 17, 2014.

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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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