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New Medicare Card Mailing Update: Wave 6 Ends

CMS has finished mailing cards to people with Medicare who live in Waves 1-5 and now Wave 6 states (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). Card mailing in Wave 7 states and territories continues.

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CMS Releases Final Rule On Medicare Doc Pay Schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. At first blush, there are some notable changes that will impact physician groups and the patients and communities they serve.

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What You Need To Know For The 2019 Marketplace Open Enrollment

The Federal Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Marketplace) Open Enrollment Period runs from Nov. 1 to Dec.15 for coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

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User-Friendly Version of Hospital Cost Report Data Now Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new, more user-friendly version of cost report data for Medicare-certified hospitals.

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Nearly 1,300 Sign-Ups For BPCI Advanced Model Participation

Some 1,299 entities have signed agreements with CMS to participate in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model. The participating entities will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care as an alternative to fee-for-service payments that reward only the volume of care delivered

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CMS Proposes to Lift Regulations, Ease Burden on Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule to make it easier for healthcare providers to meet Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities. The agency claims the changes, collectively, would save healthcare providers an estimated $1.12 billion per year.

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CMS Begins Wave 6 Mailing Of New Medicare Cards

CMS has started mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 6 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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AMA Weighs In On CMS’ Proposed Changes For Medicare

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest lobbying organization representing U.S. physicians, has submitted comprehensive comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding recommended changes to the proposed rule on physician payment policies.

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CMS Makes Provider Preview Reports Available

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available.

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CMS Moves To Provide More Flexibility For Part D Plans

According to the just-issued CMS memo, starting in 2020, plans will have new flexibility to tailor their formularies so that different drugs can be included for different indications. This policy, known as “indication-based formulary design,” is used in the private sector and will enable Part D plans to negotiate lower prices for patients, CMS says.

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