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MedPAC Targets Post-Acute Care for Healthcare Payment Reform

March 21, 2017 - In its March 2017 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) pinpointed post-acute care for healthcare payment reform after Congressional and CMS inaction resulted in as much as $11 billion in lost savings since 2009. MedPAC previously submitted healthcare payment reform suggestions for post-acute care, such as skipping annual payment updates, lowering Medicare reimbursement...


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MedPAC Targets Post-Acute Care for Healthcare Payment Reform

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In its March 2017 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) pinpointed post-acute care for healthcare payment reform after Congressional and CMS inaction resulted in as much as $11 billion in lost savings since 2009....

Senate Confirms Seema Verma as Next CMS Administrator

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a 55 to 43 vote yesterday, the Senate confirmed Seema Verma as the next CMS Administrator, according to a New York Times article. Verma, the founder, president, and CEO of a health policy consulting firm, will be charged with managing...

NH Judge Rejects CMS FAQs Clarifying Medicaid DSH Payments

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A district court in New Hampshire recently prohibited CMS from enforcing two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that clarified how private payer and Medicare reimbursements paid to hospitals for dually-eligible Medicaid patients would be used...

CMS Reopens Next Generation ACO Application Request Portal

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Providers interested in joining the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in 2018 can now access the Request for Applications and Letter of Intent on the program’s portal, according to a recent CMS announcement. The...

CMS Calls on Stakeholders for Pediatric APM Development Input

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently put out a request for information for a potential Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) alternative payment model targeting pediatric care, according to an official CMS blog post. “Through the RFI [request...

Understanding 2017 MIPS Quality, Cost Performance Categories

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS leaders at HIMSS17 were not shy with telling session attendees that they are currently in the first Quality Payment Program performance year. To help providers better understand the program, which launched on Jan. 1, the federal agency’s...

359K Clinicians to Join CMS Alternative Payment Models in 2017

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently announced that the federal agency selected over 359,000 clinicians to participate in four of the federal agency’s alternative payment models in 2017. The new participants will be joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

Net Medicare Improper Payment Recoveries Dropped 91% in 2015

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Medicare improper payment recoveries saw a significant drop in 2015, according to a recent CMS report to Congress. The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program returned 91 percent less to Medicare during the 2015 fiscal year compared to 2014....

CMS Unveils New Medicare APMs for Quality Payment Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS finalized several new Medicare alternative payment models that will qualify for a five percent value-based incentive payment through the Quality Payment Program. The announcement contained bundled payment initiatives for cardiac and orthopedic...

PQRS Medicare Payment Adjustments Waived After ICD-10 Update

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Some eligible professionals and group practices will not receive Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare payment adjustments in 2017 and 2018 because of the recent ICD-10 update, CMS recently announced in an email. The announcement...

2018 Advanced APM Options Added to Quality Payment Program

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Eligible clinicians now have more opportunities to earn value-based incentive payments by participating in the Advanced Alternative Payment Model track of the Quality Payment Program in 2018, according to a recent CMS announcement. Starting in...

CMS Hinders Private Plan Steering for Claims Reimbursement Bump

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently released an interim final rule designed to prevent providers at Medicare-certified dialysis centers from inappropriately steering patients away from Medicare and Medicaid in order to get higher claims reimbursement rates under the...

CMS Proposes to Limit Supplemental Medicaid Reimbursement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently proposed a rule that would limit a state’s ability to create or increase a Medicaid reimbursement structure for hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes that pays providers for services that are not related to care delivery...

CMS Reduces Inpatient Medicare Improper Payment Rate by 58%

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a recent official blog post, CMS touted that the Medicare improper payment rate for inpatient hospital claims fell by 58.3 percent between 2014 and 2016. While Medicare inpatient hospital claims accounted for $10.45 billion in improper payments...

CMS Updates Site-Neutral Payment Reform Implementation Rule

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a recent ruling on the outpatient prospective payment system, CMS finalized several changes to the site-neutral payment reform policy under which most provider-based hospital outpatient departments will no longer receive outpatient Medicare...

CMS Issues Final Rule on Home Health Medicare Reimbursement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently released a final rule that will reduce Medicare reimbursement to home health providers by $130 million, or 0.7 percent, in 2017. Lower Medicare spending on home health services will stem from updates to payment rates, the Home Health...

CMS Updates ESRD, Dialysis Medicare Reimbursement Policies

by Jacqueline Belliveau

End-stage renal disease (ESRD) and dialysis providers can expect a 0.73 percent increase in total payments compared to last year under new Medicare reimbursement rates, CMS recently announced. Medicare spending on ESRD payments is projected to...

CMS Launches VT All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Starting in January 2017, Vermont will implement the first voluntary all-payer accountable care organization (ACO) model that will align ACO design across Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payers, according to a recent CMS announcement. With...

CMS Announces New Advanced Alternative Payment Model Options

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS recently announced new opportunities for eligible clinicians to participate in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) under the Quality Payment Program in 2017 and 2018. The Oncology Care Model’s two-sided financial risk track...

CMS: Rural Healthcare Faces Hospital Revenue Cycle Challenges

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a statement at the CMS Rural Health Summit yesterday, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt identified rural communities as one of the biggest opportunities for healthcare reform because rural areas face more hospital revenue cycle challenges,...

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