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Experts State 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Harms Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

More healthcare industry leaders are expressing concerns over provisions included in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule, specifically stating that statutes to reduce reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services could...

CMS Rule May Reduce Reporting Burden, But Harm Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Proposed changes for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would effectively put “patients over paperwork,” helping to deliver on a promise from CMS to improve patient-centered care and patient care access, said the American Medical...

CMS Overhauls ACO Programs, Pushes for Beneficiary Engagement

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a major overhaul of its accountable care organization (ACOs) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) model, aiming to tamp down on spending, drive healthcare transparency,...

CMS Allows Medicare Advantage Plans to Adopt Step Therapy

by Sara Heath

CMS has given new authority to Medicare Advantage plans that allows those plans to negotiate lower drug prices. These new policies will specifically allow Medicare Advantage Plans to practice step therapy, which CMS says will create cost...

MyHealthEData, Patients Over Paperwork Key in CMS Final Rules

by Sara Heath

CMS has issued final rules related to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System. Finalized changes will support patient-centered care by reinforcing the MyHealthEData...

One in Five Patients Use CMS Star Ratings for Healthcare Decisions

by Sara Heath

Only about one-fifth of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are familiar with the CMS star ratings that rank payer coverage, according to a recent HealthMine survey. This finding runs counter to the agency’s intentions for the star...

HHS Final Rule Expands Patient Access to Short-Term Health Plans

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule expanding short-term health plans that will improve patient access to healthcare coverage, according to the agency. The final rule allows for the sale of...

Hospitals Say OPPS Proposed Rule Will Harm Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Hospital associations across the country are speaking out against the recent CMS proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule, stating that the rule will hinder patient access to care and increase out-of-pocket...

Verma: CMS Makes Strides in Patient-Centered Care, Medicare Reform

by Sara Heath

CMS is making progressing in its mission to fulfill patient needs and drive patient-centered care through various new Medicare policies, agency Administrator Seema Verma said in a speech at the Commonwealth Club of...

CMS Proposed Rule to Let Patients Access Care at Preferred Sites

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed changes to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) to create site-neutral payments, thus allowing senior patients to access the care they need in their preferred care site. Creating site-neutral...

CMS Adds CHIO Position to Support Patient Engagement Tech Push

by Sara Heath

CMS will be adding a chief health informatics officer (CHIO) to its leadership team in an effort to support the agency’s patient engagement and health IT initiatives, according to a blog post from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. This...

Industry Orgs Question CMS Proposals for QPP, Value-Based Care

by Sara Heath

As industry organizations begin their in-depth analyses of the recent CMS proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, several have issued preliminary responses saying the rule could hinder provider payments...

CMS Medicare Proposal to Boost Patient-Provider Relationships

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that aim to reduce administrative burden, improve patient-provider relationships, and drive overall better healthcare quality at a lower...

CMS Proposal Adds Remote Patient Monitoring in Home Health Payments

by Sara Heath

CMS has proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System that would incentivize home health providers to utilize remote patient monitoring devices and improve patient-centered care. In an announcement earlier this week, the...

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Meeting for Patient Health Data Access

by Sara Heath

CMS will be hosting a Blue Button 2.0 developer conference slated to connect different health IT developers under the common cause of improving patient health data access, according to an agency announcement sent via email. The conference...

CMS Hits Pause on Patient Satisfaction Star Ratings Updates

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced it will delay updates to the patient satisfaction and Hospital Quality Star Ratings updates, which were slated to go live on the Hospital Compare website come July. This is the second time in recent months that the...

CMS Issues Guidance on Patient Access to Care for Opioid Misuse

by Sara Heath

New CMS guidance for combating the opioid crisis calls for state Medicaid agencies to improve patient access to care and patient engagement with certain opioid misuse treatment protocol. Specifically, CMS released a special bulletin that...

AAFP: Proposed CMS Payment Rule to Limit Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has numerous issues with a March 2018 CMS proposal that changes the way states reimburse for Medicaid primary care services. Specifically, the medical group says the proposal could harm...

CMS Updates Drug Price Dashboard to Improve Price Transparency

by Sara Heath

CMS has updated its drug pricing dashboards to better reflect the price transparency ideals stated in President Trump’s recent address on drug pricing and out-of-pocket patient costs. The updates will highlight year-over-year...

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

CMS has announced a first-of-its-kind new strategy to support patient access to care in rural regions. Currently, one in five patients live in a rural area, which are typically characterized by limited access to quality healthcare....

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