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GOP planning second try at ACA repeal this week

Republican House members appear to be ready to take another stab at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when they return from a two-week recess next week.
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Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) satisfaction indicator survey is live

The 2017 Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) satisfaction indicator survey is live. Federal law requires that provider satisfaction be a performance standard for the work of MACs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) to measure provider satisfaction with the MACs from which they receive services.
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Veterans Choice Program extended

President Donald Trump has signed legislation (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program, which had been set to expire in August. The AHA says the legislation allows the program to access nearly $1 billion remaining from its initial emergency appropriation, makes the Department of Veterans Affairs the primary payer under the program and allows the agency to share certain medical records with community providers.
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Online tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool provides data related to how long patients are waiting to be seen in their VA facility and how veterans describe their experiences scheduling primary and specialty care.
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DOJ issues new corporate compliance guidance

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued new guidance including sample questions the agency uses when evaluating the effectiveness of corporate compliance programs. In February, the DOJ's fraud section issued new corporate compliance guidance titled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.” The compliance program guidance is intended to provide more transparency about the use of so-called “Filip Factors” — 10 factors used by federal prosecutors in assessing charges with respect to compliance lapses.

Foundation seeks nominees for Future of Population Health Award

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is seeking nominees for its 2017 Future of Population Health Award. The award recognizes exemplary practice by hospitals and health systems that are collaborating with public health departments and other community partners on health improvement strategies and implementation efforts.
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Congress goes on recess with uncertainty about ACA and debt ceiling

The House is scheduled to wrap-up work today and the Senate is scheduled to depart later on Friday for a two-week recess. Upon...
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Congress extends VA Choice program

With bipartisan support, the House of Representatives approved legislation (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program on Wednesday following Senate passage two days earlier....
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CMS revisiting guidance on “shared space” arrangements

In many South Dakota communities, hospitals have developed “shared space” arrangements with other providers, such as visiting specialists, to ensure access to care. These...
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Final Rule Issued on Medicaid DSH Third-Party Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule that addresses how third-party payments are treated in calculating the hospital-specific...