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CMS Appeals Ruling on Changing Medicaid DSH Payment Rules in MO

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CMS is appealing a recent federal court decision that barred the agency from enforcing a 2017 final rule and two sub-regulatory articles from 2010 in Missouri. The federal agency stated that rule and articles clarified the formula for...

Bundled Payments with Drug Costs Threaten Cancer Care Quality

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Oncology bundled payments that include drug costs would negatively impact cancer care, a new report in the Journal of Oncology Practice showed. According to the report done by Milliman, Inc. for the American Society of Clinical Oncology...

HHS, DoJ Recovered $2.6B from Healthcare Fraud Schemes in 2017

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For every dollar the federal government spent on combatting healthcare fraud and abuse in the last three years, the government recovered $4, HHS recently reported. While federal healthcare fraud investigations returned a significant...

MedPAC Suggests Cutting Medicare Reimbursement for Stand-Alone EDs

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently voted to reduce Medicare reimbursement by 30 percent for off-campus stand-alone emergency departments (ED) in urban areas. The recommendation will be included in the...

Medical Billing Complexity Highest for Medicaid Fee-for-Service

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Medical billing for Medicaid fee-for-service claims proved to be the most complex across all insurers. The public payer had a claims denial rate 17.8 percentage points greater than the rate for Medicare fee-for-service claims, a new Health...

Site-Neutral Medicare Reimbursement Too Low for LTCHs, AHA Argues

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Site-neutral Medicare reimbursement for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) will cover less than half the actual costs of care for qualifying cases, the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently told CMS. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013...

Bringing Profee, Facility Together to Maximize Coding Productivity

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Professional and facility coding describe two very different aspects of a healthcare. But breaking down the wall between the departments has the potential to boost coding productivity and improve clean claim rates. While professional...

Dissecting Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Reporting

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*UPDATE: CMS extended the MIPS reporting deadline to Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 8:00 pm EDT, according to an email sent on March 29. Eligible clinicians participating in MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) must...

Medical Prices Grew 28% for Hospital E&M Services Since 2012

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Medical prices for hospital evaluation and management (E&M) services rose 28 percent and allowed amounts increased 26 percent between May 2012 and 2017, the most recent FH Medical Price Index from FAIR Health revealed. The analysis of...

92% of Docs Say Prior Authorizations Negatively Impact Outcomes

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Physicians are reporting that prior authorizations are negatively affecting patient care, a new American Medical Association (AMA) survey of 1,000 physicians showed. Ninety-two percent of primary care and specialty physicians who provide...

Orgs Troubled by Post-Acute Care’s Role in New Bundled Payments

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Long-term and post-acute care provider organizations recently voiced their concerns with the new Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model’s reduced role of post-acute care providers. Eliminating the post-acute...

340B Hospitals Delivered $26B in Unreimbursed, Uncompensated Care

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Unreimbursed and uncompensated care costs were 27.4 percent higher at Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program in 2015 compared to non-340B acute care hospitals, according to a new analysis from...

CMS Guidance to Lower Claim Denials for Inpatient Rehab Facilities

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CMS recently clarified that contracted auditors should not give inpatient rehabilitation facilities claim denials solely because the services did not meet time-based therapy requirements. The guidance, which will go into effect on March...

Large, High-Volume Hospitals Save in CJR Bundled Payments Model

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Larger hospitals with greater knee and hip replacement volumes were more likely to realize cost savings under Medicare’s mandatory lower joint replacement bundled payments model, a new analysis from Penn Medicine showed. The...

AMA, Anthem Team Up to Streamline Prior Authorizations

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The American Medical Association (AMA) and Anthem, Inc. recently announced that they will work together over the next year to streamline prior authorization requirements and improve the healthcare experience overall through provider and...

AHA, Hospital Groups Renew Call to End 340B Drug Payment Cuts

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After a federal judge recently ruled that CMS can enforce cuts to 340B drug payments, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and 35 state and regional hospital associations resumed their efforts to end $1.6 billion in reimbursement...

AHA Calls for Bundled Payments Delay, Reform for BPCI Advanced

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Though supportive of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently urged CMS to delay the model’s application deadline until the federal agency provides...

Hospital Cost-Shifting Increases Private Payer Payments by 1.6%

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Healthcare organizations that faced Medicare reimbursement reductions under the Affordable Care Act engaged in hospital cost-shifting that resulted in 1.6 percent higher average payments from private payers, a new working paper from the...

Medicare Wellness Visit Adoption Boosts Primary Care Revenue

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Practices that performed Medicare wellness visits on at least a quarter of their patients earned greater primary care revenue, experienced more patient assignment stability, and treated patients who were slightly healthier, a new Health...

CMS Opens Low Volume Appeals Settlement to Reduce Appeals Backlog

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In the face of a growing Medicare appeals backlog, CMS opened the first round of a low volume appeals settlement on Feb. 5 for providers with less than 500 claim denial appeals stuck in the appeals backlog at the Office of Medicare...

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