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 ...
Feb 10th, 2017
The Senate today confirmed Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He replaces former HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Background Price, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Atlanta, served on the House Ways and Means Committee, including the Subcommittee on Health. In the 114th Congress, Price ...
In Billing
Jan 20th, 2017
January is Glaucoma Awareness month. This is a good time to remind patients that this disease has no symptoms in its early stages. If detected through preventive screening, however, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented, according to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). Who’s at Risk? Medicare ...