In CMS
Feb 11th, 2011
A new demonstration project slated to begin in July will assess whether decision support systems and a new payment method decrease the amount of advanced imaging services physicians order for their Medicare patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released claims processing instructions to contractors and announced the selected participants for overseeing ...
In CMS
Nov 29th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the establishment of the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI or Innovation Center). A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act), the Innovation Center will examine new ways of reducing health care ...
In CMS
Jul 30th, 2010
In light of reports regarding unnecessary radiation exposure and over-utilization of advanced imaging services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced July 22 that it is soliciting proposals for paid participation in a new two-year demonstration that will test whether the use of decision support systems (DSSs) can improve care quality by promoting ...
In CMS
May 14th, 2010
First year results for the Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P) demonstration are in and the news is good. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced May 6 that the demonstration saved the agency over $15 million. Incentive payments are being made to 166 home health agencies (HHAs) in the intervention group. Year ...
In CMS
Nov 18th, 2008
In 2007, Medicare Part B covered almost 41 million people with benefit payments equaling $176.4 billion. National health care costs are projected to reach $4.3 trillion in 2017, up from $2.1 trillion in 2006 (Brief Summaries of Medicare & Medicaid, Nov. 1, 2008). Although the consensus is out on how to decrease health care costs ...