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CMS Delays Rollout of Cardiac, Ortho Bundled Payment Programs

March 20, 2017 - CMS is pushing back the start date for a number of its bundled payment programs in an effort to provide additional time to review and prepare for the initiatives. In a notice posted in the Federal Register, CMS has issued three-month delays for the start of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement pilot (CJR), the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model, and three other Medicare...


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Senate Confirms Seema Verma as Next CMS Administrator

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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...

CMS Reopens Next Generation ACO Application Request Portal

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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

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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...

NY Clinic Manager Pleads Guilty in $70M Medicare Fraud Scheme

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A New York-based healthcare clinic manager recently pled guilty for his role in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud ring involving three clinics across New York City. The scheme to defraud federal healthcare programs resulted in $70 million in fraudulent...

Former Tenet Exec Charged in $400M Healthcare Fraud Scheme

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) recently announced the indictment of Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s former senior vice president of operations for his alleged participation in a healthcare fraud scheme totaling over $400 million in inappropriate...

Beth Israel, Lahey Health Move Forward with Healthcare Merger

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Massachusetts-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health announced plans to pursue a healthcare merger earlier this week. The two healthcare systems have debated a potential merger since 2011, but the recent letter of intent...

CMS Reopens 2018 Next Generation ACO Model Applications

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Providers interested in participating in the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in 2018 can now submit a letter of intent to CMS, according to the alternative payment model’s webpage. The Next Generation ACO model...

HHS, DoJ Recovered $3.3B From Healthcare Fraud Cases in 2016

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Through healthcare fraud cases and settlements in 2016, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DoJ) initiatives returned over $3.3 billion to the federal government and individuals, including $1.7 billion to...

359K Clinicians to Join CMS Alternative Payment Models in 2017

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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...

Avoidable Hospitalizations Drop 31% for Long-Term Care Patients

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Avoidable hospitalizations among dual-eligible long-term care facility residents dropped by 31 percent between 2010 and 2015 largely because of value-based care programs, CMS recently stated in an official blog post. “Family members want...

CMS Brings Integrated, Multi-Payer Claims Data Access to CPC+

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In an official blog post, CMS recently touted its success with improving primary care provider productivity by giving practices in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) program more multi-payer claims data access. The Medicare primary care program...

Court Denies HHS Wish to Nix Medicare Appeals Backlog Timeline

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A federal court recently denied a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request to reconsider the four-year timeline developed to eliminate the Medicare appeals backlog at the administrative law judge level. HHS projected the backlog...

OIG: NJ Agency Falsely Claimed $95M in Medicaid Reimbursement

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New Jersey’s Department of Health and Human Services may have to repay the federal government almost $95 million after the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently found that the state agency received improper Medicaid reimbursement...

CMS Reveals Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization

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CMS recently unveiled a Medicare-Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) model that will allow participating providers in the Medicare Shared Savings Program to take on accountability for Medicaid costs and quality of care for dual-eligible...

VA Gives RNs Full Practice Authority to Improve Care Access

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will now give some advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority in order to boost care access and quality of care. However, certified registered nurse anesthetists will not benefit from expanded...

2018 Advanced APM Options Added to Quality Payment Program

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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 Adds 2 Compare Websites to Boost Healthcare Transparency

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In effort to increase healthcare transparency, CMS recently added two new healthcare organization Compare websites and updated performance data for existing hospice care, hospital, and physician Compare websites. “At CMS, one of our top...

Judge Calls for Medicare Appeals Backlog Elimination by 2020

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must eliminate the Medicare appeals backlog at the administrative law judge review level by Dec. 31, 2020, a federal judge recently decided. The most recent decision ends a two-and-a-half-year...

CMS Proposes to Limit Supplemental Medicaid Reimbursement

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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...

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