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Further Deterioration in Wisconsin Structural Budget Surplus

Wisconsin Department of Health Services indicates additional $760 million Medicaid expenditures for FY15-17. [1] This implies a further worsening of the 2015-17 biennium structural budget balance from -$1.8 billion (discussed here) to something like -$2.56 billion. Show More Summary

How to choose a nursing home: Why 5-star ratings may be wrong

Just a few years ago it seemed that advocates for health care transparency had scored a big victory. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they would rate nursing homes by awarding five stars to the best and fewer stars to lower-quality facilities. Families searching for care for loved ones would have access […]

Two research letters, commentary examine emergency department timeliness, stays

Bottom Line: Variability exists in emergency department (ED) timeliness based on four variables (hospital size, rural vs. urban, ownership and teaching status) reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for patients discharged from the ED or admitted for inpatient services. Author: Sidney T. Show More Summary

Medi-Cal official to leave healthcare post in January

The official who led California's giant public healthcare services department through a tumultuous implementation of Obamacare reforms -- including a months-long period during which hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications have languished, waiting to be processed -- will depart his...

Healthy Pennsylvania in Utah?

One of the big delays in the negoatiation between Pennsylvania and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Healthy PA Medicaid expansion was the initial request by Pennsylvania to tie Medicaid eligibility to work or...Show More Summary

CMS Forecast: Big Drug Spending Growth, But Hospitals and Doctors Will Still Capture Most Healthcare Spending

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its latest forecasts for national health expenditures. The forecast is summarized in a new Health Affairs article: National Health Expenditure Projections, 2013?23:...Show More Summary

AMGA Submits Comments on 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposals

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on calendar year 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment and policy proposals.

Researchers at George Washington University Receive $23.8 Million Grant to Test an Innovative Model to Improve HIV Prevention and Care

Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) were awarded a $23.8 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to study a new model that aims to improve HIV prevention and care while lowering healthcare costs. Show More Summary

The Healthcare Spending Trend

by Dish Staff Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report on projected healthcare spending. What Jonathan Cohn sees as the “main takeaway”: We’re making progress on controlling the cost of health care. We might even be making a lot of progress, although it’s too soon to tell. Why the report […]

The Historic Slowdown In Healthcare Spending Looks Like It's About To Come To An End

The historic slowdown in healthcare spending growth over the past few years will come to an end in 2014, according to a new report from actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Wednesday. For year, primary...Show More Summary

Medicare statement on ALS speech-generating devices

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said last week that coverage rules relating to speech-generating devices are being reviewed but that no change or reinterpretation will reduce access for ALS patients who need them. Read full article >>

GOP Governor In Tough Re-election Bid Prepares To Implement Obamacare

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce that it has granted a waiver and reached agreement with the state to provide health care coverage to 281,000 low-income residents. The post GOP Governor In Tough Re-election Bid Prepares To Implement Obamacare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Medicare Approval of DNA Colorectal Cancer Test Should Lead to Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage

The evidence standard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) used to approve Medicare coverage of a stool DNA colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test, under a new joint approval process with the Food and Drug Administration, should be applied to CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) and other CRC screening exams. Show More Summary

EXCLUSIVE: School officials lose $356M in special education funds

City public schools lost $356 million during the past three years in federal Medicaid payments for special education services because city and state officials failed to properly apply for reimbursement, the Daily News has learned.

Top Federal Health Official to Spokesperson While Obamacare Website Crashes: “Please delete this email…”

4 weeks agoNews : Reason

On October 5, 2013, just days after Obamacare’s exchanges officially—and disastrously—launched, Marilyn Tavenner, the head of he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), sent an email o Julie Bataille, a spokesperson for CMS...Show More Summary

Self-Reported Health Information Predicts High-Need Medicaid Patients

Just three types of simple self-reported measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests.

CMS Launches Road to 10 Webcast Series

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new webcast introducing the “Road to 10” tool. The webcast is available through link, or through the “Road to 10? link on the CMS website. This initial webcast covers the history of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the benefits of ICD-10. This is the first in […]

Historic Vote Brings Comprehensive Transgender Health Care to Oregon's Medicaid Program

The Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC), which is charged with overseeing the prioritized list of services in Oregon's Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan, voted today to approve the coverage of medically necessary health care...Show More Summary

Fed Government Removes Many Hospital Errors from Public Access

last monthHealth : Healthland

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services removed data about many serious hospital errors from public access earlier this month, preventing patients from thoroughly researching the malpractice rate of various hospitals

TX: TAPS Access Starts Call Center Service for Medicaid Transportation Services

In preparation for its upcoming expansion into Medicaid transportation services, the Texoma Area Paratransit System launched its TAPS Access call center in Sherman on Friday. TAPS Access will now be accepting calls to set up non-emergency medical transportation for eligible Medicaid recipients for when it starts the new service in September.

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