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AHA Urges CMS to Withdraw Uncompensated Care Payment Changes

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently penned a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt urging the federal agency to withdraw its proposed rule to include third-party payments, such as private payer and Medicare reimbursements,...

CMS Releases DMEPOS Medicare Reimbursement Rates, Contracts

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CMS has announced new Medicare reimbursement rates for some medical equipment items and started to send contract offers to winning bidders for Medicare’s Round 1 2017 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS)...

AMGA: Tie Medicare Reimbursement to Care Coordination Metrics

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According to two comment letters to CMS, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has urged the federal agency to better align Medicare reimbursements and value-based incentive payments to promote enhanced care coordination. The industry...

Adjusted DMEPOS Payments to Reduce Medicare Spending by $19M

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Medicare spending would decrease by approximately $19 million a year once CMS fully implements new claims reimbursement rates for accessories associated with some durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS), reported...

MedPac Suggests More Claims Reimbursement Cuts for Home Health

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) is advising CMS to deepen proposed Medicare reimbursement cuts to home health advisors to better align with actual costs and compensate for systematic overpayments. The call for more reductions...

Can Changes to Medicare Reimbursement Appeals Reduce Backlog?

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The lengthy Medicare reimbursement appeals process poses significant revenue cycle management problems for many providers, yet new proposed fixes from HHS may not do much to solve the problem, argue several industry groups. In June, HHS proposed...

GAO: Drug Couponing Affecting Medicare Reimbursement Rates

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The methodology for calculating Medicare reimbursement to providers for prescription drugs under the Part B program may be contributing to higher Medicare spending because it does not account for the impact of coupon programs, according to recent...

AHA: Delay Site-Neutral Rule to Address Medicare Fraud Risks

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has asked CMS to delay the implementation of proposed site-neutral payments for another year because the payment reform rule could increase a hospital’s Medicare fraud and abuse risks. Site-neutral...

AHA Critiques Medicare Reimbursement Changes for Home Health

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) is urging CMS to delay outlier provisions and streamline certain medical billing procedures proposed in a recent document aimed at home health facilities. In June, CMS released a proposed rule that would...

Providers Save Healthcare Costs via Medication Adherence

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Developing chronic disease and population health management programs is key to achieving value-based care, but a new study in the American Journal of Managed Care found that the programs themselves must also be cost-effective to maximize reductions...

How Emergency Providers Can Adopt Alternative Payment Models

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With many value-based care initiatives aiming to reduce costly emergency room visits, some emergency departments are finding it increasingly difficult to engage with alternative payment models, according to a report in the American Journal of...

Team-Based Primary Care Cuts FFS Healthcare Revenue by 2.5%

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As healthcare providers continue to transition to value-based care, many hospitals and physician practices have focused on how to improve care coordination and team-based approaches to improve patient outcomes and boost their healthcare revenue...

Driven by Specialists, Physician Compensation Rates Rise 3.1%

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Physician compensation has increased by 3.1 percent in 2015, according to a recent survey from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). The rate represents a 0.3 percent increase from last year. “Once again this year, we see that...

Providers in Iowa Face Medicaid Claims Reimbursement Delays

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After privatizing the Medicaid program in April, some healthcare providers in Iowa have experienced serious delays in Medicaid claims reimbursement that have caused some organizations to consider shutting their business doors. According to Chelsea...

Cerner to Increase Focus on Value-Based Reimbursement

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Cerner has named Adventist Health System's Jeff Hurst to oversee its revenue cycle management division, the company announced Tuesday. Hurst, who currently serves as Florida Hospital's Senior Vice President of Finance at Florida Hospital...

Understanding the Basics of Bundled Payments in Healthcare

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The shift to value-based care has driven public and private payers to redesign reimbursement models that stress accountability for care quality and healthcare costs. As the fee-for-service environment fades away, alternative payment models like...

Payment Reform Incentives Influence Physician Decision-Making

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Some patients are finding that financial incentives under Medicare payment reform rules have caused their providers to focus more on boosting healthcare revenues rather than improving patient outcomes. According to a recent study in The American...

Would Proposed Value-Based Reimbursements Reduce Drug Costs?

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Spending on prescription drugs has been a major pain point for all stakeholders in the industry. But could value-based reimbursement models for certain drugs under Medicare Part B be the answer to rising drug costs? According to a Health Affairs...

HHS Proposes Changes to Medicare Reimbursement Appeals Process

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Earlier this week, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Medicare reimbursement appeals process in efforts to reduce the substantial backlog of unresolved appeals. “The...

Industry Group Advises HHS to Expand Bundled Payment Models

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The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington think tank, has called on the federal government to expand bundled payment models in order to further reduce healthcare costs and advance value-based care. The letter to Department of...

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