Jun 9th, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comment on how it can create a more patient-centered healthcare system that adheres to the key principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, and empowerment. An Executive Order President Trump issued on Jan. 20, entitled, “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable ...
Mar 27th, 2017
Editors’ Note:  Data provided for this story was researched and compiled by David Blackmer, MSC. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be the law of the land, so we asked AAPC members how their practices have changed since Obamacare was enacted.  In a recent survey, we found about half our members’ ...
In MACRA
Mar 22nd, 2017
Section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act gives the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) the authority to test alternate payment models (APMs). The goals of these APMs are to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. Pediatric Alternative Payment ...
In CMS
Mar 21st, 2017
It may be spring, but the freeze is still on in Washington, D.C. — the “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, or Freeze Memo, that is. The Freeze Memo encourages agencies to temporarily postpone the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register, but have not taken effect, for 60 days from the date ...
In CMS
Mar 13th, 2017
House plans to replace Obamacare through a proposed Congressional reconciliation bill would reduce federal deficits by $323 billion of on-budget savings and $13 billion in off-budget by 2026, but the human cost will be high, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The bipartisan agency said 14 more people would be uninsured in 2018 under ...