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2016 Medicaid, Medicare Improper Payments Over Regulatory Cap

May 24, 2017 - A recent Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report revealed that the rates of Medicaid and Medicare improper payments in 2016 exceeded the legislative threshold of less than 10 percent. The improper payment rate for Medicare fee-for-service reimbursement reached 11 percent in 2016 and the Medicaid improper payment rate was 10.48 percent. The OIG-contracted auditors also found that HHS did...


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AHA Urges Rural, Post-Acute Care Medicare Reimbursement Reform

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In a Congressional hearing on the current status of Medicare reimbursement systems, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urged lawmakers to focus on rural hospital and post-acute care payments. MACRA extended a number of key Medicare reimbursement...

Will Behavioral Economics Improve Alternative Payment Models?

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Alternative payment models may need to account for the behavioral economics behind provider prescribing habits to effectively reduce healthcare costs from expensive medications and treatments, a recent American Journal of Managed Care study stated....

Medicare Appeals Backlog Delays Decision Process By 4.5 Years

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Hospitals waited an average of 1,663.3 days, or a little over 4.5 years, to conclude the Medicare reimbursement audit and appeals process because of the extensive Medicare appeals backlog, a recent Journal of Hospital Medicine study uncovered....

3 Best Practices for Hospital Claim Denials Management

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Healthcare cost control continued to top hospital priority lists in 2017. But hospital leaders may be leaving millions of dollars on the table because of inefficient claim denials management processes. Claim denial rates ranged between 0.54 percent...

Creating Alternative Payment Models to Support Health Centers

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Healthcare stakeholders and lawmakers should encourage community health centers to engage in alternative payment models to financially incentivize providers to improve safety-net care, a recent Journal of the American Medical Association report...

MIPS Requirements for Clinicians in Small, Rural Hospitals

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In light of the unique challenges eligible clinicians in small and rural hospitals face, CMS developed special Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility and reporting requirements for the clinician group. Through MIPS, CMS aims...

AMGA: Align Medicare Reimbursement, Measures for High-Value Care

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AMGA recently called on CMS to align quality measures with spending performance as well as Medicare reimbursement policies across Medicare Advantage, fee-for-service models, and accountable care organizations (ACOs). In two letters to CMS Acting...

CMS Suggests Hospital Medicare Reimbursement Policy Changes

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CMS recently suggested changes to Medicare reimbursement policies for hospital admissions and long-term care hospital stays as well as several recommendations for other Medicare value-based purchasing programs. The proposed rule released on April...

CMS Pauses Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration

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CMS recently halted the home health Pre-Claim Review demonstration in Illinois for 30 days and the program will not expand to Florida as expected in April 2017, according to the federal agency’s website. “After March 31, 2017, and...

MIPS Reporting Success Depends on Choosing Suitable Measures

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For Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting success, eligible clinicians should report on quality measures that they know their practice already performs well on, advised Michael Abrams, MA, a managing partner at the healthcare...

AHA: Post-Acute Care Medicare Reimbursement Reform Needs Time

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Later this month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) plans to vote on a draft recommendation to Congress that would accelerate the development and implementation of a unified Medicare reimbursement system for four post-acute care...

Oncologist Org Opposes MedPAC Medicare Reimbursement Changes

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The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) recently expressed concerns that proposed Medicare reimbursement changes for Part B services from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) would drive cancer care to more higher-cost settings. “MedPAC...

MedPAC Targets Post-Acute Care for Healthcare Payment Reform

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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....

MGMA to CMS: Notify Clinicians About MIPS Eligibility ASAP

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The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently called on CMS Administrator Seema Verma to immediately release Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility notifications as well as approved vendor lists and hospital or patient-facing...

Using Bundled Payments to Pay Providers for mHealth Nudges

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Many providers have been able to extend their reach outside of their office by using mHealth technologies that encourage patients to improve their own health outcomes through nudges. However, payment structures for the healthcare encounters have...

Top 4 Claims Denial Management Challenges Impacting Revenue

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For most healthcare organizations, claim denials are a normal, if not a frequent, occurrence. While very few can boast that their denial rates are close to zero, many providers face a number of challenges with implementing an effective claims...

NH Judge Rejects CMS FAQs Clarifying Medicaid DSH Payments

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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...

AMGA Backs CMS Proposal to Limit 2018 Medicare Encounter Data

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) recently supported a CMS proposal to delay the increased use of encounter data to determine Medicare Advantage plan risk scores and claims reimbursement amounts. In a recent proposed rule, CMS stated...

65% of Organized Providers Paid Via Alternative Payment Models

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Nearly two-thirds of healthcare providers in some type of integrated employment model, such as integrated health networks, physical hospital organizations, accountable care organizations, and large medical groups, are primarily reimbursed through...

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