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MedPAC Offers Recommendations in Annual Report to Congress

In its annual report to Congress, the independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues offered a variety of suggestions for changes in how Medicare payments for health care. Among the recommendations offered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission are policies affecting: payments for drugs under Medicare Part A and Part D the development of a unified payment system for post-acute care a new framework for paying physicians using competitive pricing to set Medicare beneficiary premiums the preservation of access to emergency care in rural areas telehealth services in the Medicare program dual-eligible beneficiaries To learn more about these [&hellip

CMS Proposes Changes in Terms of Medicare, Medicaid Provider Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes in the terms under which hospitals may participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Among those changes, hospitals must: establish an infection prevention and control program with qualified leaders establish an antibiotic stewardship program with qualified leaders establish policies prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, general, sexual orientation, age, and disability incorporate readmission and hospital-acquired conditions information into their Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement program improve their medical record-keeping and provide for patient access to those records Learn more what CMS has proposed and why it has proposed it [&hellip

Medicare ACOs Showing Promise Among Clinically Vulnerable

A new study has found that Medicare patients with multiple acute or chronic medical conditions who are served by accountable care organizations cost less to serve and visit hospital emergency rooms less frequently. Such patients also had fewer ambulatory care-sensitive hospital admissions and 30-day hospital readmissions. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, traced the reduction in costs to providers making less use of institutional settings when treating their clinically vulnerable patients. To learn more about the study and its potential implications for both taxpayers and the 23 million Americans enrolled in more than 700 ACOs, go here to see a report from [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule: Part 5 of 5

In April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its proposed rule governing how it plans to pay hospitals for Medicare-covered inpatient services in FY 2017. The rulemaking process includes an invitation to stakeholders to submit comments on what CMS has proposed. NAUH submitted extensive comments in response to the proposed rule, addressing six aspects of what CMS proposed: Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program inpatient rates observation status/the two-midnight rule the outlier threshold reporting data for the Medicare area wage index This week the NAUH blog presents NAUH’s comments. Our schedule is [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule: Part 4 of 5

In April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its proposed rule governing how it plans to pay hospitals for Medicare-covered inpatient services in FY 2017. The rulemaking process includes an invitation to stakeholders to submit comments on what CMS has proposed. NAUH submitted extensive comments in response to the proposed rule, addressing six aspects of what CMS proposed: Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program inpatient rates observation status/the two-midnight rule the outlier threshold reporting data for the Medicare area wage index This week the NAUH blog presents NAUH’s comments. Our schedule is [&hellip

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