In an effort to convince CMS to reconsider its proposed Medicare inpatient hospital payment reductions due to documentation and coding practice changes, 242 House Members sent a letter to the agency's newly-installed Administrator, Donald Berwick, on July 12.
Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified electronic health records (EHR) technology and use it to achieve specified objectives.
In late June, two Members of Congress requested that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expedite the implementation of a Medicare home care demonstration project.
In advance of a June 18 deadline for comments, top hospital groups expressed strong opposition to proposed payment cuts issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
In late May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a supplemental proposed rule that would result in Medicare payment reductions to hospitals.
The past two weeks brought several notable healthcare developments, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continued preparations for implementation of the new healthcare reform law - Public Law (PL) 111-148.
The Health Care and Reconciliation Act (the "Act"), signed into law on March 30, 2010, imposes a tax on annuity income to help pay for the multi-billion dollar reform package set forth in both the Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010.
After weeks of uncertainty, Congress finally cleared a federal program extension bill last week that will prevent Medicare physician payment cuts.
On April 9, 2010, Iowa's governor Chet Culver signed measures (Senate File 2201) designed to create greater transparency and disclosure of health insurance premiums, and to expand the rights of consumers prior to any rate increases by insurance companies.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") has revised the timeline for non-group health plan ("NGHP") reporting under the Medicare secondary payer reporting provisions of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 ("Section 111").