Pioneer ACOs looking to direct patients to lower-cost post-acute care settings recently received a primer on a study funded by the home-health industry that shows patients often could be discharged to lower-cost settings, according to Allen Dobson, president of the health economics firm Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates, which conducted the research.
The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association is suing HHS over alleged illegal changes to the prosthetics approval process applied by Recovery Audit Contractors and Medicare Administrative Contractors.
A bipartisan group of 17 senators on Tuesday (May 21) urged CMS to avoid deep payment cuts to dialysis facilities, even though the fiscal-cliff deal directs CMS to scale back dialysis pay.
Charging seniors a home health copay made the list of three Medicare reforms that House Ways and Means health subcommittee Republicans chose to discuss at a hearing on Tuesday (May 21), as the home health industry engages in an aggressive campaign against such copays with the help of former Louisiana Republican House Energy and Commerce Chair Billy Tauzin as their lobbyist.
The head of CMS’ insurance oversight office says the administration is looking at whether it can fund additional consumer assistance activities for the federal exchanges apart from ACA navigators, a key program designed to boost enrollment in the exchanges but for which HHS has only made $54 million available.
The Congressional Budget Office expects a lot more seniors to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans than it did just a year ago, and health care consultancy firm Marwood Group said CBO's projections are conservative.
House appropriators on Tuesday (May 21) approved top-line spending amounts for each of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal 2014 -- including a 22 percent cut to HHS, Labor and Education funding -- while also rejecting a Democratic proposal to replace the across-the-board sequestration cuts.
New Mexico, faced with a time crunch, has opted to set up and operate the state's small business (SHOP) exchange while relinquishing some functions of its individual exchange to the federal government rather than operate a fully state-run exchange in 2014, J.R. Damron, chairman of the New Mexico's health benefit exchange (NMHIX) board, tells Inside Health Policy.
In an effort to further contain costs so the program lasts through the end of the year, CMS says provider payment rates in federally-run Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans starting June 15 will be set at Medicare rates for most covered medical services.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Pennsylvania has asked CMS to extend the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration, which is slated to terminated June 30, because they say it saves money and improves care, if only for the riskiest patients at a single demo location.
A framework FDA is developing to evaluate a drug's benefits and risks should be used during mid- and late-cycle meetings with sponsors, advisory committee reviews and be fully integrated into the agency's review process, drug industry trade groups told the agency in response to its proposed plan.
Seventeen of the 27 states that up until now have run their own Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan programs will stop in June, and enrollees in those states will be moved to federally-run PCIPs for the rest of this year, Inside Health Policy has learned. Read the Insider >>
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