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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...

Prehabilitation Lowers Episode Costs Under Bundled Payment Models

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Dedicating even a couple hours to helping patients understand and prepare for a procedure prior to surgery can save providers millions under bundled payment models, explained healthcare industry expert and former CMS official Charlene...

85% of Hospitals to See Part B Increase Despite 340B Payment Cuts

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated with a statement from the American Hospital Association. Approximately 85 percent of hospitals will receive a net increase in their total Medicare Part B reimbursements despite recent...

72% of Clinicians See No Adjustment Under Value Modifier in 2018

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An overwhelming majority of clinicians who participated in the final year of the Value-Based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) program will receive neutral payment adjustments in 2018, according to new CMS data. Out of over 1.1 million...

AHA, AMA and Others Offer 5 Prior Authorization Reform Strategies

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Six industry groups representing providers, payers, and pharmacists recently partnered to identify strategies to improve prior authorization processes, such as decreasing the number of providers subject to prior authorizations and...

Exploring the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model

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CMS recently unveiled the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced initiative, a new bundled payments model that will include inpatient and outpatient clinical episodes and qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model...

AHA: Global Budget Payments Help to Treat Vulnerable Communities

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Global budget payments support providers treating patient populations in vulnerable communities by granting them the flexibility to address the health needs of their community, the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently...

Reimbursement Shortfalls, Uncompensated Care Costs Grew in 2016

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Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement in 2016 was $68.8 billion short of actual hospital costs for treating beneficiaries, according to data from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The information from the AHA’s Annual Survey of...

Judge Denies Hospital Org Attempt to Block 340B Drug Payment Cut

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A federal judge recently ruled that CMS can start to reduce 340B drug payments to hospitals by $1.6 billion starting on Jan. 1, 2018, striking a blow to several industry groups that urged the court to delay enforcement of the new rule. US...

CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

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Eligible clinicians participating in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program can now start submitting their 2017 performance data on a new system on the program’s website, CMS recently announced in a press release. Medicare clinicians...

New Reporting, Shared Losses Rules for MSSP ACOs in Disaster Areas

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In a new interim final rule, CMS modified quality reporting and shared losses policies for Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACOs) affected by recent natural disasters, such as this year’s major...

AHA Opposes Medicare Reimbursement Cut for Early Hospice Care

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Congress should not pass a proposed policy to reduce Medicare reimbursement rates to hospitals discharging patients to hospice care earlier than the expected, the American Hospital Association (AHA) advised. The proposed policy builds on...

Orgs Argue MIPS Adjustments for Drug Payments Harm Patient Access

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Applying Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) adjustments to Medicare Part B drug payments will restrict patient access to critical treatments, 11 medical societies recently told congressional leaders. The medical societies,...

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