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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,...

Veterans choice appropriations bill signed by the president

President Trump signed into law the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 last week. The legislation provides $2.1 billion in funding to...

Senate adjourns; uncertainty persists for CSR payments

The Senate adjourned late last week for their August recess after proposals to repeal and partially replace the Affordable Care Act failed. However, uncertainty...
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CMS finalizes payment and quality rules for post-acute providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued three final rules outlining 2018 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and...
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Explanation of special status calculation for Quality Payment Program (QPP)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced new information on qpp.cms.gov that indicates whether clinicians have “special status” which would allow...
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Final rule released for FY2018 Medicare inpatient payments (IPPS)

On Aug. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule to update the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS)...
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FY 2018 LTCH PPS Medicare fee-for-service final rule released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service long-term acute-care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment...

Inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) payment update issued for FY 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a notice updating the Medicare fee-for-service payment rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) for...

What is next for health care reform efforts?

For now, it appears the Republican led effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be set aside in favor of moving on...
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CMS proposes Medicaid DSH reduction methodology

CMS released a proposed rule on July 28th that delineates a methodology for implementing the Affordable Care Act aggregate reductions to state Medicaid Disproportionate...