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CMS survey guidance on definition of hospital

On September 6, CMS issued a Survey & Certification Memo to state survey agency directors to clarify guidance under Appendix A of the State...

CMS issues training on emergency preparedness rule

CMS recently released an online training course for state survey agencies regarding emergency preparedness rule and enforcement. The course was designed to help general...

115th Congress returns with a daunting September schedule

Lawmakers returned to work this week facing a myriad of fast approaching deadlines involving significant issues that need to be addressed in a timely...

Submit comments on proposed cuts to Medicare Part B payment for 340B drugs

On July 13, in its 2018 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to dramatically...
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Federal judge invalidates white collar overtime rule

On August 31, 2017, a Texas federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s controversial rule that nearly doubled the salary threshold for the Executive,...

Senate HELP committee to hold bipartisan hearings

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold two hearings when Congress returns after Labor Day. During the August...
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Panel urges CMS to abandon proposal to cut 340B payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) recommended Monday that the agency drop plans to finalize...
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Low volume adjustment expires October 1, 2017 with $5M South Dakota impact

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improved the low-volume adjustment for FYs 2011 and 2012, and MACRA extended the adjustment through the end of FY...

Speculation continues about possible ACA legislation; CSR payments funded for August

  While members of congress are away on recess, efforts are underway to try and revive legislation to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable...
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CMS proposes to cancel major bundled payment initiatives

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed canceling two bundled payment models, the cardiac and expanded joint replacement models. The proposed rule,...