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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: October Updates

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 changes for home health agencies (HHAs).
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Oct. 31, 2018

CMS Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health
The CMS has finalized significant changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System to strengthen and modernize Medicare.
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Oct. 26, 2018

Contract Year 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Flexibility Proposed Rule (CMS-4185-P)

The CMS issued a proposed rule that updates Medicare Advantage (MA or Part C) and the Medicare prescription drug benefit program (Part D).

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Oct. 26, 2018

CMS Proposes to Modernize Medicare Advantage, Expand Telehealth Access for Patients

In a proposed rule issued today, the CMS took action to build upon the Administration’s ongoing efforts to modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs

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Oct. 25, 2018

ANPRM International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs

CMS is considering issuing a proposed rule in the spring of 2019 on the potential model, called the International Pricing Index (IPI) Model.

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Oct. 24, 2018

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Data on Nursing Home Compare

CMS has added five SNF QRP measures to Nursing Home Compare.

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Oct. 23, 2018

CMS model addresses opioid misuse among expectant and new mothers

CMS announces an important step in advancing the agency’s strategy to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

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Oct. 22, 2018

Trump Administration announces State Relief and Empowerment Waivers to give states the flexibility to lower premiums and increase choices for their health insurance markets

New guidance grants states more flexibility to design alternatives to the ACA.

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Oct. 19, 2018

CMS Responding to Suspicious Activity in Agent and Broker Exchanges Portal

CMS staff detected anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges.

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Oct. 17, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Statement on Burden Reduction Accomplishments

Read CMS Admin Seema Verma’s statement on BRA.

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Oct. 16, 2018

Speech: Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 2018 National Conference on Medicare

Read remarks from the speech by CMS Admin Seema Verma at AHIP.

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Oct. 12, 2018

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles

The CMS announces the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B.

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Oct. 10, 2018

Medicare provides continued access to high-quality health coverage choices in 2019

CMS announced that Medicare beneficiaries continue to have access to high-quality health choices for their Medicare coverage as the agency releases Star Ratings.

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Oct. 9, 2018

CMS Announces Participants in New Value-Based Bundled Payment Model

CMS announces signed agreements of participation in the Administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model.

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Oct. 4, 2018

CMS to Strengthen Oversight of Medicare’s Accreditation Organizations

CMS is taking action to improve quality and safety in healthcare facilities and empower patients.

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Oct. 3, 2018 

CMS Accelerates Innovation and Promotes Patient Access to Medical Technology

CMS announced changes to the way contractors decide which technologies are covered by publishing a revision to Medicare’s Program Integrity Manual.

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Oct. 1, 2018 

CMS announces new streamlined user experience for Medicare beneficiaries

Today, the CMS announced a multi-year initiative that will empower patients and update Medicare resources to meet beneficiaries’ expectation of a more personalized customer experience.

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posted by OBarros
posted in CMS Announcement,Healthcare Management,Healthcare Quality Reporting
posted date Nov 2018