In February 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the federal Department of Health and Human Services had agreed to plow $8 billion in Medicaid savings back into the state's fragile health care... To view the full story, click the title link.
House Medicaid budget provision draws fire (WRAL-TV) -- The proposed House budget would give Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos sweeping authority to run North Carolina's Medicaid program, allowing her to push forward with changes to the program's details and overall structure with relatively little intervention from the General Assembly. Show More Summary
By ASHISH JHA, MD A few months ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put out its latest year of data on the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). As a quick refresher – HRRP is the program within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that penalizes hospitals for higher than expected readmission rates. We are
You gotta hand it to our health department. They are laser focused on this one. They want 85 percent of payments made to doctors by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be linked to clinical quality measures within the next two years. Moreover, I suspect the health department is still giddy from […]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott came out of Wednesday's meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell with nothing but a bizarre doubling down in his refusal to consider Medicaid expansion under Obamacare to ease both a hospital funding crisis and a budget crisis his state is facing. Show More Summary
Today AACC sent formal comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addressing CMS' proposal to enforce more stringent regulatory requirements for testing with blood glucose monitors. AACC endorses CMS' effort toShow More Summary
No, the most expensive drug for the U.S. Medicare drug benefit program is not Nexium, the heartburn medicine – no matter what Medicare says. According to data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last night – and put in a front-page story by the Wall Street Journal -- [...]
A new report is encouraging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Congress to pursue additional rebates for prescription drugs purchased for the Medicare Part D program.
The Basic Plan is part of the Affordable Care Act. States can request permission from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to set up a health plan for people whose incomes are between 138% FPL and 200% FPL. It is funded by the pooling together of premium tax credit subsidies and cost sharing [Read more...]
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to spend $3 billion dollars between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2025 to help states upgrade and maintain their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems, Modern Healthcare first reports. The increase stems from CMS permanently raising the matching rate to 90% from 50% for money that states spend on... Read More
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) Last August, Scott Walker's administration accused two Wisconsin family planning clinics of overbilling Medicaid programs by $3.5 million. Now, the state Department of Health Services has had to walk that back...Show More Summary
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given the nod to an 18,500-patient study to see whether amyloid scans prove their worth in the clinic. Researchers hope the study will eventually convince CMS and private insurance companies to cover the technology.
The Obama administration, via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has threatened to cut off a billion-dollar pool of funds that Florida gets every year from the federal government to pay hospitals to take care of poor patients, called the Low Income Pool, unless Florida agrees to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Show More Summary
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had previously said that without action, it would start making payments at the lower rates on Wednesday. In a written statement to health care providers, it says "a small volume of claims" are being processed at the lower levels.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged. The addition of...
the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says it will conduct a new review of generic drug price increases on the Medicaid drug rebate program.
It has become perhaps the silliest four letters in health care: PQRS. It stands for Physician Quality Reporting System. It’s another this and another that created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). After you read this, you’ll be like me, scratching your head trying to understand why anyone thinks our health care system is […]
According to The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Americans spent over $270 billion on prescription drugs in 2013. The reasons include: • Brand name drug price increases by pharmaceutical manufacturers • Lack of generic equivalents •...Show More Summary
CMS continues to raise awareness about the intersection of taxes and health care With the tax filing deadline two weeks away, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to help consumers understand how health coverage and taxes intersect. This year’s tax season is the first time individuals and families will be asked...
There’s more good news about health care spending today—although, as always, it’s hard to know how good the news really is, or for how long it will last.On Wednesday, actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released th