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CMS releases final rule for CY 2017 OPPS/ASC payment systems

On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year 2017 outpatient prospective payment system/ambulatory surgical center (OPPS/ASC) final...
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Happy National Rural Health Day

Nov. 17 was National Rural Health Day, an important time set aside to pause and give a special thanks to the caregivers, colleagues, volunteers,...

CMS releases final rule implementing MACRA provisions of Medicare physician payment system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday morning released its final rule implementing provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization...
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AHA launches MACRA 101 video series

The American Hospital Association (AHA) on Thursday launched the first two installments of its MACRA 101 video series to educate hospitals, clinicians and trustees...
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OIG issues report on election statements, terminal illness certifications

The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has released a report calling on hospices to improve their election statements...
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Federal judge blocks mandatory overtime pay law

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a federal rule that was to extend mandatory overtime pay to 4.2 million salaried workers, according to a...
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GOP House leaders tweak AHCA in effort to woo votes

House Republicans made several changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in an effort to garner support from GOP holdouts who could prevent...

HHS extends HealthCare.gov signup deadline to Dec. 19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for consumers to sign up for marketplace health care coverage. Because of...

AHCA amendment gives repeal-and-replace legislation new life

A new amendment to a Republican bill aimed at repealing and replacing parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has given the legislation new life. The amendment offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-New Jersey) appears to have won support from members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, but it’s unclear how moderate Republicans will react to the changes and whether the bill can garner the 216 votes needed for House passage.

Senate passes 21st Century Cures Act

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the revised 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which intends to overhaul drug development and accelerate new cures...