CMS has extended from March 13 to April 10 the deadline for comments on changing the way outpatient specialist practitioners are paid for both chronically ill beneficiaries and for one-time patients, building on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement model for episodes of care in inpatient hospital stays.
House GOP Doctors Caucus members offered a ray of hope on Medicare physician payment reform by telling fellow House members they are willing to negotiate bipartisan payment offsets with the Senate.
Administration officials vehemently reiterated Tuesday (March 11) that March 31 is the last day of 2014 exchange open enrollment and said HHS lacks authority to revise the deadline.
Hospitals praised legislation introduced Tuesday (March 11) by Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) that would amend the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program to adjust for patient differences like socioeconomic status.
CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released guidance for meaningful use hardship exemptions after lawmakers pushed the agencies to release more details on how providers could take advantage of the more flexible exemptions process announced last month.
HHS on Tuesday (March 11) afternoon said 4.2 million people during the first five months of open enrollment chose qualified health plans on the federal and state-based exchanges, though the pace of new enrollments in February were down compared to what the administration saw at the start of the year.
Lawmakers for the first time are eying increased Medicare payments as a way to encourage drug companies to develop new antibiotics, with a bipartisan duo of House Ways and Means Committee members Tuesday (March 11) unveiling a bill that would provide Medicare add-on payments for antibiotics used inpatient to treat pathogens associated with high rates of mortality and that meet an unmet medical need.
CMS is still considering expanding the Medicare medication therapy management program, an agency official told Inside Health Policy, as stakeholders questioned the status of the effort after the agency told lawmakers Monday it was putting four pieces of its Part D proposed rule on hold and proceeding with a handful of others while not mentioning MTM.
The Obama administration is revisiting its interpretation of the health reform law's section intended to ensure that people enrolled in qualified health plans have adequate access to of providers -- a move that comes nearly nine months after a Senate panel complained the administration's interpretation would restrict provider access.
A bicameral group of lawmakers is ramping up pressure on HHS to reverse FDA's approval of Zohydro -- the first pure hydrocodone approved by the agency -- and investigate so-called "pay-to-play meetings" between FDA and industry that they say could be linked to the painkiller's approval.
India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pushed back against recent criticism of its pharmaceutical regulatory oversight as baseless and intended "to malign the well-earned reputation of the Indian national regulatory authority," coming as FDA steps up its regulatory presence in that country and some U.S. cardiologists and pharmaceutical experts question the safety of India's drug supply.
The week started with CMS backing off a handful of highly contentious proposed changes to Medicare Part D, physician lobbyists regrouping on physician payment reform (SGR) legislation, and congressional Medicare and Medicaid advisers set to weigh in on key payment policies. Plus, Congress is gearing up to hold several health care hearings, including at least two with appearances by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the administration's fiscal 2015 budget request. Read the Insider >>
Lawmakers, Stakeholders Praise CMS For Axing Key Pieces Of Part D Rule, But Community Pharmacists Cry Foul
CMS on Monday (March 10) drew praise from lawmakers, insurers and drug makers for putting on hold the bulk of its controversial Part D proposed rule, but community pharmacists said the agency had a legal obligation to move forward with the rule's now-scrapped plan to open up preferred pharmacy networks.
The Government Accountability Office in a recently released report warns meaningful use of electronic health records might not lead to improved health outcomes if the . . .
The National Community Pharmacists Association touts four recent congressional letters to CMS reflect support for the "any willing pharmacy" provision contained in CMS' broader proposed . . .
House lawmakers Ami Bera (D-CA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) are trying to build support for their legislation that would delay the ACA's insurer . . .
More than 600 physician groups are sending a letter to Congress Wednesday (March 5) urging lawmakers to replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula . . .