October news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Oct. 31, 2018 CMS finalizes calendar year 2019 and 2020 payment and policy changes for Home Health Agencies and Home Infusion Therapy Suppliers The CMS has issued a final rule [CMS-1689-F] setting out finalized Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Medicare payment updates, finalized quality reporting […]Read More
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued its annual update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule The CMS issued a final rule regarding the Physician Fee Schedule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, […]Read More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. The recent announcement from the CMS includes changes in premium and deductible amounts to both Parts A and B. The Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $24 in the […]Read More
September news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Sept. 28, 2018 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program Landscape The data released with the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D landscape provides important premium and cost-sharing information for 2019. Read More… Sept. 21, 2018 CMS Awards Funding for Quality Measure Development […]Read More
New Medicare cards will be issued to Medicare recipients beginning in April. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has designed a new Medicare card which will begin to roll out to Medicare recipients next month. The distribution of new cards will occur in waves based on state and continue through April of 2019. […]Read More
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the 2018 reporting year. The final rule for the 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) MIPS reporting year/2020 payment year was released on November 2nd, 2017. The QPP was created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). […]Read More
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has ended the year-long ICD-10 grace period. On October 1st, 2016 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ended the year-long grace period for accepting ICD-10 claims as long as they were submitted within the correct family of codes. This marks the end of a grace […]Read More
Physician Fee Schedule: Proposed CY 2017 Changes Medicare also expands the Diabetes Prevention Program On July 7, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) to transform how Medicare pays for primary care through a new focus on care management and behavioral health designed to recognize the importance […]Read More
The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) & Alternative Payment Models (APMs) How does the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) reform Medicare payment? The MACRA makes three important changes to how Medicare pays those who give care to Medicare beneficiaries. These changes create a Quality Payment Program (QPP): Ending the Sustainable Growth […]Read More
CMS has recently updated the 2016 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals for the 2017 reporting period. Many of the eligible hospitals and professionals will be able to use the new eCQMs to demonstrate meaningful use for EHR Incentive Programs.Read More
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