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New Medicare cards are coming!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare card. The new card will not include...

CMS issues revised S-10 reporting instructions

CMS issued new and revised instructions for charity care and bad debt data reported by hospitals on worksheet S-10 of the Medicare Cost Report....

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...

Low volume adjustment expires October 1, 2017 with $5M South Dakota...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

Ways and Means Committee seeks provider feedback on regulatory relief

In the midst of Senate activity last week with the ACA repeal bill, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), with support...

MedPAC recommends Medicare payment system refinements in June report

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has issued its June report to Congress, offering recommendations on refinements to Medicare payment systems and issues affecting...