Tag archive for ‘Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’
By On Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Hospitals under pressure to cut readmissions for minorities, poor

Modern Healthcare — The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority More...

By On Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Hospitals prepare to see stars in April

Modern Healthcare — The CMS has shared the methodology behind its five-star hospital quality ratings to be published this April on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website. The American Hospital Association gives More...

By and On Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

CMS launches drug spending dashboard amid mounting tension on costs

More Medicare beneficiaries were prescribed AstraZeneca’s cholesterol drug Crestor than any other prescription medication last year, but the government spent 20% more on Sovaldi, Gilead’s new blockbuster More...

By and On Monday, December 7th, 2015

Health plan provider directory data should be updated monthly for the patient’s sake

In today’s market, there is really no excuse for having inaccurate information in provider directories for months. On Nov. 13, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated guidance in the More...

By On Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Hospitals need a new ‘playbook’ to combat hospital-acquired conditions

On Tuesday, HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a new report on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). AHRQ found that the number of HACs declined 17% from 2010 through last year More...

By and On Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Fewer Medicare-Subsidized Drug Plans Means Less Choice For Low-Income Seniors

Lynn Ischay | KHNDenise Scott, 66, is concerned about how much Medicare will pay for her prescriptions in the future. KHN — Even though health problems forced Denise Scott to retire several years ago, she feels More...

By and On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Law will require hospitals to disclose observation status

Medical Team Meeting As Senior Man Sleeps In Hospital Room Healthcare Business & Tech — A new bill making its way through Congress will change how hospitals interact with Medicare patients when they’re More...

By On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

More hospitals earn value-based purchasing bonuses this year

CMS announced Monday that Medicare will reward more hospitals than it will penalize in fiscal 2016 under the value-based purchasing program.  More...

By and On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Healthcare dodges bullet under proposed budget deal

Providers and policy experts say that while doctors and hospitals are facing some cuts in the proposed two-year $80 billion budget deal being negotiated on the Hill, the industry largely dodged a bullet.  More...

By and On Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Emergency Physicians: High-deductible Plans Delay Care

Seventy percent of emergency physicians say they routinely see insured patients in the emergency department who’ve delayed care because they can’t afford high deductibles and copays, according to survey More...

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