In CMS
Aug 15th, 2018
If Congress and other stakeholders continue to drag their heels, Medicare bankruptcy is a real possibility. The Medicare Part A trust fund will be depleted by 2026 and Medicare Part B spending will grow more than 8 percent over the next five years, according to the 2018 Annual Report by Medicare’s Board of Trustees. Two things ...
Apr 26th, 2018
The Trump administration is drafting plans to undo the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule preventing doctors, healthcare organizations, and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. If the Trump administration’s rollback gets passed, it could potentially open the way for clinical staff to turn away a transgender individual from receiving medical a...
In CMS
Jan 25th, 2018
Former drug industry executive, Alex Azar, was confirmed by congress by bipartisan vote to be the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The former president of the Big Pharma company Eli Lilly & Co., “will now be in charge of buying more medications than anyone in the world,” according ...
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) June Report to the Congress addresses (among other things) issues it sees with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) — one of two paths in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Payment Program, and a provision of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). “As ...
Mar 6th, 2017
During a Joint Address to Congress, Feb. 28, President Trump called on Democrats and Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and provider better healthcare. “Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for our country,” Trump said. “The way to make health insura...