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Pace of change out of Washington increases level of uncertainty

The level of activity in our nation’s capital continues to increase with President Trump issuing a steady stream of executive orders and tweets. The...
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ACA marketplace signups down 4 percent nationwide, up 14 percent in SD

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 9.2 million Americans signed up for 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace policies under the Affordable Care...
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CMS reminding long-term care facilities of PBJ deadline

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) is reminding long-term care facilities that as of July 1, 2016, electronic submission of staffing data through...
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CMS offers cybersecurity recommendations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent out a Survey and Certification Letter, sharing recommendations to providers regarding cyber security. The letter...
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VNAA says MedPAC may recommend rate reductions for home health care, Hospice

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has again passed payment and policy recommendations for Medicare home...
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Congress takes step toward repealing ACA through reconciliation

Last week, both the Senate and House took the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by approving a FY 2017 budget...
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota

Rounds to chair Senate cybersecurity subcommittee

Sen. Mike Rounds has been selected to chair the newly formed Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. Rounds said the subcommittee will be tasked with...
Medicaid Managed Care

CMS issues final rules on Medicaid managed care pass-through payments

The American Hospital Association says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday released a final rule limiting states’ ability to increase...
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CMS announces extension of 2016 reporting deadline for reporting eCQM data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and/or...
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HRSA issues final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices, penalties

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a final rule on drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers in the...