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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,...

How CMS Improves Primary Care Payments Through Codes, APMs

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New medical billing codes for non-face-to-face encounters and alternative payment models are trying to change the way Medicare reimburses for primary care, according to researchers at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. The...

CAQH CORE Opens Certification for Electronic Prior Authorization

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CAQH’s Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CAQH CORE) recently opened the certification process for Phase IV operating rules, which include standard rules for the electronic exchange of administrative data, such as...

Private Payer A/R, Denials Performance Troubles Hospital Revenue

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Small differences in private payer performance on claims reimbursement and denials can challenge hospital revenue cycles, a new Crowe Horwath analysis of five major commercial managed care payers uncovered. “Many providers focus...

Medical Billing Codes Do Not Address Full Scope of Primary Care

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Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes used for medical billing did not account for all the care provided by primary care physicians in about 60.3 percent of visits, a recent Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine study...

Medicare Spends $3.1B More on Hospital-Employed Physicians

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Total Medicare spending on four cardiology, orthopedic, and gastroenterology services increased by $3.1 billion between 2012 and 2015 because of the growing number of hospital-employed physicians, a recent Physicians Advocacy...

CMS Boosts Payments to Hospitals Impacted by Two-Midnight Rule

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Sixty-seven hospitals affected by the Two-Midnight Rule will receive a boost in Medicare reimbursement on Part A discharges for the next year, a recent CMS notice explained. The notice ordered Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to...

KLAS: Quadax, SSI Group Earn Top Scores for Claims Management

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Respondents in a recent KLAS report named Quadax, SSI Group, and ZirMed as the best overall performing claims management vendors because of the high-quality customer service and support provided by the companies. The 296 healthcare...

Hospital Orgs to Sue CMS Over 340B Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

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The American Hospital Association (AHA), America’s Essential Hospitals, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently announced their intentions to pursue litigation against CMS to prevent Medicare reimbursement...

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