By Seema Verma – Healthcare is taking up an increasing share of the U.S. economy, and by 2026 the CMS Office of the Actuary projects that one in every five dollars spent in America will be spent on healthcare.
CMS is advancing the MAQI Demonstration, which, when approved and adopted, would waive MIPS requirements for clinicians who participate sufficiently in certain Medicare Advantage plans that involve taking on risk.
CMS issued proposed updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System, as well as a Request for Information to solicit feedback on ways to better achieve interoperability.
The Medicare eligible hospital and CAH attestation deadline has been changed from Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to Friday, March 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. PT. This extension is being granted to provide hospitals additional time to submit attestation data and eCQM data.
By Jim Tate – Last week I published a post entitled MIPS: The Day of Reckoning. That screed covered my thoughts on the predictability and inevitability of the impact of the first MIPS scores being publicly released in 2018. I will not bore you with how important those scores are.
By Jim Tate – Several weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “MIPS and Medicare Part B Drugs – Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop”. Late last week the other shoe hit the floor with the release of the Final Rule.
By Jim Tate – We are whiling away the time today on a visit to the piedmont of North Carolina. Even though it is October it feels like the dog days of August. Humidity off the charts and I don’t even want to look at the temperature. What’s a poor boy to do?
CMS is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Find out if you can take advantage of this relief.
Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals: Submit Meaningful Use Data to the Hospital Quality Reporting System (HQR) via the QualityNet Secure Portal in 2018
By William Hyman – Back in April I commented on (mocked?) an 1832 page proposed CMS final rule with the zippy title “Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates
Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the CMS will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.
By Anshu Jindal – Recently Medicare Part-B providers got their much awaited MIPS eligibility status letters from CMS. If you got MIPS exempt status as individuals (NPI level), pay close attention.
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