In Audit
Aug 15th, 2017
Effective June 15, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) now updates its Work Plan website monthly. The OIG Work Plan sets forth various projects — including OIG audits and evaluations that are underway or planned — to be addressed during the fiscal year and beyond by OIG’s Office of Audit Services and Office of ...
In CMS
Aug 9th, 2017
In an Aug. 7 webinar (CAPG MACRA Comments Webinar), CAPG responds to the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule and provisions for which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking feedback. CAPG consists of 300 risk-bearing physician groups with members in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. CAPG’s mission is ...
Aug 8th, 2017
Last  year, 700,000 veterans made approximately 2 million telehealth appointments at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and other facilities, the agency said. To enhance access to care, the VA rolled out two new initiatives. Appointments  at Hand In an event that included President Donald Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, the VA debuted an ...
In CMS
Aug 7th, 2017
Medicare still plans to mail new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries, beginning April 2018. The change is being made to assign random identifiers to members to replace the Social Security numbers used now. Because of the scope of the change—millions of members and changes to existing systems—this has been a long time coming. CMS said ...
Aug 2nd, 2017
Hospices that are successful quality reporters will fair better. CMS filed a final rule in the Federal Register on Aug. 1, updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018). The final rule includes new quality measures and provides an update on ...