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 ...
In CMS
Apr 25th, 2018
A proposed rule issued April 24 provides an advance look at pending updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2019. Proposed changes that make it into the final rule, usually released in August, will apply to approximately 3,330 acute ...
In CMS
Mar 20th, 2018
At the HIMSS18 Conference, March 3, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma spoke about how far healthcare infrastructure has come in the United States and how far it has yet to go, referring specifically to electronic health records (EHRs). Here is an excerpt from her speech: We have held meetings in cities across ...
Feb 8th, 2018
As Congress bar brawls over the next spending bill, the House of Representative’s version as a nod to telehealth and meaningful use, includes the “Creating High-quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017”, legislation to ease the “meaningful use burden on providers and reduce the volume of electronic health record-relating ...
In CMS
Feb 8th, 2018
In 2018, eligible clinicians will attest to Meaningful Use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) through the Quality Payment Program. Medicare eligible hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and dual-eligible hospitals will continue to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, as usual, with the exception of some requirement changes. The 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpa...