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Doubling back on its push to cut Medicare Advantage payments, CMS announced it would instead increase its rates to Medicare Advantage plans by 3.3 percent next year rather than the 2.3 percent slash it had originally planned.
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Monday, 01 April 2013 15:59

Medicaid Expansion Funding Announced

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, HHS will pay 100 percent of states' cost to insure certain newly eligible adult Medicaid beneficiaries in states that expand the program, according to a final rule issued by the department.
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A study by the Institute of Medicine examining geographic differences in Medicare spending found the variations may be due to waste or unnecessary procedures, but cautioned policy makers against cutting rates to high-cost regions.
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Nicola HawkinsonWithin our ever changing world of healthcare the need for spine surgeons to direct their focus on lowering the rates for hospital readmissions is on the rise. Hospital readmissions are more commonly being used to gauge standards of care and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now utilizing readmissions rates to decrease reimbursements for specific care/procedures rendered.
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Friday, 08 March 2013 16:23

CMS: 2014 ICD-10 Deadline Won't Change

As many provider groups continue to call for another ICD-10 delay, or to abandon ICD-10 altogether, CMS has said the current deadline of Oct. 1, 2014 will stay intact, according to a letter (pdf) sent to AHIMA, a Chicago-based trade organization representing health information management professionals.
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CMS will delay making rules on stage 3 meaningful use of electronic health records until next year while it examines how the existing requirements are rolling out, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference in New Orleans, March 3-7, 2013, according to an AHA News Now report.
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:05

CMS Launches eHealth Initiative

CMS will launch its eHealth initiative at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in New Orleans, March 3-7, 2013.
CMS has extended (pdf) through October 2013 the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program for rural hospitals, as well as payment increases to low-volume hospitals prescribed by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
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When President Barack Obama implemented a massive overhaul of U.S. healthcare in 2010 through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it was a moment of change that had not been seen for almost two decades.
CMS recently added a new web resource for eligible professionals, called "My EHR Participation Timeline," to its EHR Incentive Programs website.
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