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Today (11/23/2012), CMS released this request for information (RFI) (temporary link) seeking public comments on health care quality management in the “Affordable Insurance Exchanges.” The Federal Register will officially publish the RFI next Tuesday, November 27, 2012, and public comments will be due by 5 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 27, 2012.
Today (November 1, 2012), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule (temporary link). This final rule updates payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in calendar year (CY) 2013. CMS is accepting [...]
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its opinion in the National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius which tested the constitutionality of two key provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):
The individual mandate to purchase health insurance The expansion of Medicaid to [...]
After a busy week considering the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Justice Thomas was as tight-lipped off the bench regarding his views on the case as he was during the oral arguments. In fact, I didn’t ask him about health reform when I spoke with him yesterday because I felt it [...]
There are only a couple of days left until the comment period closes on CMS’ proposed rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. So, I thought it would be timely to share my article on how the new law could affect health systems and prompt revisions to existing conflict of interest policies that was [...]
Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an open-door forum to help prospective applicants for the Advance Payment Initiative associated with the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Questions posed by participants in the call indicated there may be some confusion among health care providers regarding what an Accountable Care Organization is, who can [...]
Moving Along the Guiderails: How Does the Public View Comparative Effectiveness Research and Cost Cutting Measures.
On December 22, the Alliance for Aging Research presented a webcast presenting a survey titled, “Four-Country Comparative Effectiveness Decision-Making and Patient Access Survey.” The key findings of the survey include:
Most Americans oppose government or insurance company decisions [...]
Proposed Rule: Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests (CMS-5060-P)
Yesterday (12/14/11), CMS released its proposed rule implementing the provisions of section 6002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Displayed (Public Law 111-148), also known as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA). Comments are due [...]
CMS on Wednesday revealed that it will exclude some types of wheelchairs and their accessories from the second round of the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program, a move that came after industry lobbied the agency and got two lawmakers to weigh in, an industry source says.
The agency also announced the [...]
‘The idea is not to get in a fight with CMS’ Q&A with Applied Policy’s Jim Scott By Elizabeth Deprey, Associate Editor – 09.16.2011
WASHINGTON – A new name popped onto the competitive bidding radar screen during CMS’s Open Door Forum last month.
That’s when Drew Saelens of Applied Policy asked agency officials when [...]
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