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HHS Unveils Spring Regulatory Agenda

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a comprehensive list of the regulatory actions it plans to take in the coming months. Included on the list are regulations that have been proposed, that are being finalized, and that are currently under development.  They address Medicare, Medicaid, Food and Drug Administration endeavors, medical devices, the 340B prescription drug discount program, and more. Among the policy changes contemplated through future regulations are measures to reduce regulatory burdens for hospitals, address the opioid problem, facilitate the use of non-Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance plans, and more. Go here to see [&hellip

Time to Raise the Bar on Preventable Hospital Readmissions?

A new report suggests that hospitals can have the greatest impact on reducing preventable readmissions within seven days of discharge and not through the 30-day mark at which they are currently judged by Medicare. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Early readmissions were more likely to be preventable and amenable to hospital-based interventions.  Late readmissions were less likely to be preventable and were more amenable to ambulatory and home-based interventions. The study, conducted at 10 academic medical centers and involving more than 800 of their patients who had been readmitted to the hospital, concludes that [&hellip

CMS Proposes Regulatory Changes in Medicare Quality Programs

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a proposal detailing how it envisions paying for Medicare services in FY 2019 under its inpatient prospective payment system. On Tuesday this space features a summary of the proposed changes in inpatient rates, Medicare disproportionate share payments (Medicare DSH) and how they would be calculated, and proposed changes in the Medicare area wage index system.  Yesterday we looked at proposed changes in regulations governing multi-campus hospitals, Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, and the hospital readmissions reduction program. Today we describe proposed changes in various Medicare quality efforts. [&hellip

CMS Proposes Regulatory Changes in EHR Incentive and Readmissions Reduction Programs

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a proposal detailing how it envisions paying for Medicare services in FY 2019 under its inpatient prospective payment system. Yesterday this space featured a summary of the proposed changes in inpatient rates, Medicare disproportionate share payments (Medicare DSH) and how they would be calculated, and proposed changes in the Medicare area wage index system. Today we look at proposed changes in regulations governing multi-campus hospitals, Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, and the hospital readmissions reduction program. Recognizing Multi-Campus Hospitals Recognizing the considerable consolidation taking place in the [&hellip

CMS Proposes Changes in Inpatient Rates, Medicare DSH, and Wage Index

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a proposal detailing how it envisions paying for Medicare services in FY 2019 under its inpatient prospective payment system. Yesterday this space features a summary of the proposed regulation, with an emphasis on aspects of the rule of greatest importance to urban safety-net hospitals. Today, we address Medicare inpatient rates, Medicare disproportionate share payments (Medicare DSH) and the Medicare cost report’s S-10 worksheet, and the Medicare area wage index. Inpatient Rates CMS proposes increasing Medicare inpatient rates 1.75 percent in FY 2019.  This reflects the projected hospital market basket update [&hellip

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