Posts in Category: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Delays Cardiac Bundled-Payment Program  

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the implementation date for its bundled payments for cardiac care from July 1 until Oct. 1, according to Cardiovascular Business. It also suggested it could further delay the model until Jan. 1, 2018.

CMS announced the delay of the program, titled the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model, this week in the Federal Register.

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Meet Seema Verma, Trump's nominee to head CMS 

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has been largely overshadowed by his choice of Rep. Tom Price for director of the Department of Health and Human Services. But for those reading the tea leaves about the future of healthcare, especially the Affordable Care Act, Verma’s selection is well worth examining.

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Parts of Obama's Healthcare Legacy Will Likely Continue Under Trump 

As the dust settles after the presidential election, it appears that Donald Trump is already softening some of his positions, especially his position on Obamacare. Media outlets have speculated that President Obama pushed hard for the continuance of his signature healthcare program when he met with Trump at the White House following the election.

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Early Reaction to MACRA Rule Mostly Positive 

Last weekend was a busy one for those trying to parse the new MACRA rule released on Friday. At 2,202 pages, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act rule wasn't exactly beach reading, and it gave the health IT community plenty to talk about on social media and in policy statements.

The dust is still settling, but it appears that early reaction to the rule was mostly positive. Healthcare organizations praised the CMS for being responsive to concerns they had raised during the comment period leading up to the rule's finalization. In fact, about 80 percent of the 2,000+ pages are comments CMS received and its responses.
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The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: Week of 3/7/16 

Readmissions, Obamacare, and more
CMS targets hospital readmissions after CABG A proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would penalize hospitals that perform an index coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and then have an unexpected 30-day readmission, even if the patient was discharged from a different hospital. "The proposed CABG 30-day readmission measure includes Medicare beneficiaries who are 65 years old or older who at the time of the index admission had been enrolled in a Medicare fee-for-service program for at least 12 months," Cardiovascular Business reports. "CMS intends to add CABG to its readmissions reduction program in 2017." Most support keeping, building on Obamacare The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continues to have public support, with 36 percent of those surveyed saying it should be expanded, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. That's the position advocated by presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nearly... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: Week of 2/15/16 

Don't miss out on this week's top stories
CMS and health insurers announce alignment and simplification of quality measures The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America's Health Insurance Plans (the health plans' trade group) announced that they have agreed on seven sets of clinical quality measures. The standardized measures are designed to help payers and consumers shopping for high-quality care. "These measures support multi-payer alignment, for the first time, on core measures primarily for physician quality programs," according to the CMS. This work is informing the CMS’s implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Supreme Court: What will happen to healthcare cases after Justice Scalia's death? A number of healthcare-related cases are in limbo following the death of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 12. "The court is weighing a case about data sharing with potential implications for insurers and state... read more
 

The Best of HealthIT News: Week of 2/8/16  

Population health, Obamacare, and cost containment
Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the healthIT community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. Companies Form New Alliance to Target Healthcare Costs Hoping to hold down the cost of healthcare benefits, 20 large companies—including American Express, Macy’s and Verizon—have come together to use their collective data and market power. Members of the new alliance will share data about employee healthcare spending and outcomes, possibly using the data to change how they contract for care. "Some members say they could even form a purchasing cooperative to negotiate for lower prices, or try to change their relationships with insurance administrators and drug-benefit managers," Yahoo news reports. Federal Insurance Marketplace Signs Up Millions of New Obamacare Users The Obama administration reports that approximately 12.7 million new patients signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or automatically... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Healthcare News for the Week of 2/1/16 

Trending topics in HealthIT
Leave the researching to us! LUMEDX surveys the top healthcare and health IT stories of the week. Healthcare economics: Basing healthcare decisions on Medicare data might not be best practice A recent study found that the correlation between total spending per Medicare beneficiary and total spending per privately insured beneficiary was 0.14 in 2011, while the correlation for inpatient spending was 0.267. “What that suggests is that policy for Medicare doesn’t necessarily make better policy for the privately insured,” one researcher told Health Exec. Reducing readmissions among minorities: 7 population health strategies A new guide from Medicare gives hospitals methods for addressing ethnic and racial healthcare disparities in readmissions. The guide comes amid increasing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes, and frustration about federal penalties that some say unfairly punish providers in high-risk communities. Sharing of medical-claim... read more
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/23/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. CMS Updates Hospital Star Ratings, More than 500 Earn Top Marks The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published its latest patient satisfaction survey results, which shows that the number of hospitals earning a 5-star rating has more than doubled. 548 hospitals earned a 5-star rating for the reporting period between October 2013 and September 2014. Health Specialists Call for $2 Billion Global Fund for Vaccines Several global health experts have written a paper calling for the creation of a $2 billion global fund to support vaccine development. The fund would come from governments, foundations and the pharmaceutical industry, and would be used to develop new shots against high priority diseases such as Ebola, MERS and the West Nile virus. AMA Docs Fed Up with EHR Woes At a... read more
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/18/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. An Ideal Transition: Multi-Campus Rollout of Echo CVIS at Orlando Health Download the latest case study from Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology to learn how Orlando Health has successfully implemented a physician structured reporting solution and PACS system for cardiac echo across five of its campuses. Interoperability, Telehealth Key to Chronic Disease Management Health IT Analytics reports on a recent letter that the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has written to Congress, stating that the healthcare industry should focus on improving health data interoperability, raising patient engagement, and championing telehealth. Healthcare Increasingly Requires a Tech-Savvy Workforce According to Fierce Health IT, as the use of technology in healthcare... read more