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Medicaid and CHIP enrollments increase by more than 9.1 million

More low income people now have access to regular health care thanks to Obamacare; more than 9.1 million, in fact. That's how many people are newly enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, according to Health and Human Services. The Health Insurance...Show More Summary

Surprise? Once Again, FULs and AMP Final Rule Delayed

In what has become a semi-annual ritual, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last night announced plans to delay the Federal Upper Limits (FUL) and the Final Rule on Covered Outpatient Drugs, a.k.a., the Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) Final Rule. Show More Summary

CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of NY resigns

The head of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York resigned suddenly Wednesday night, less than two weeks after the agency finalized a $35 million Medicaid settlement with New York state and federal... To view the full story, click the title link.

$3.5 Million Grant Awarded to Montefiore Medical Center to Focus on Hepatitis C

Montefiore Medical Center received a $3.5 million grant as part of the $10 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to identify, diagnose and treat people with hepatitis C (HCV).

Lung Cancer Screenings Now Covered

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today recognized the importance of lung cancer screening, announcing today that it will cover low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening, or "CAT" scans, for high-risk current and former smokers. The decision validates Mount Sinai's longstanding commitment to providing access to this essential screening tool.

Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers

last weekHealth : NYT: Health

A draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent.

Leading Respiratory Health Societies Welcome Preliminary Decision on Lung Cancer Screening for Eligible Medicare Recipients

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) welcome today's preliminary decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (LDCT) for eligible patients.

Here’s Who Will Pay For Prescription Drugs in 2023

In CMS Forecast: Big Drug Spending Growth, But Hospitals and Doctors Will Still Capture Most Healthcare Spending, I examined the September 2014 drug spending forecasts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). After crunching the numbers again, I identified new insights into the 2023 drug market. Show More Summary

ASTRO Praises Medicare and Congress for Protecting Patient Access to Radiation Oncology Care

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for not implementing proposed payment cuts for radiation therapy starting January 1, 2015, as detailed in the final 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), issued on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Looming Medicaid Cuts Could Hurt Already Vulnerable Hospitals

Healthcare reform cuts in Medicaid payments for uncompensated care could force 225 struggling hospitals to close or drastically curtail services for the poor over the next decade, according to a new study in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Why Omeros Corporation Stock Saw Big Gains

Omeros stock is among today's top gainers after receiving a favorable designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on FDA-approved drug Omidria.

SEC Investigates CMS Employees In Insider-trading Case: WSJ

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether employees at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leaked information to traders, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the investigation. Show More Summary

Kansas Governor Is Forcing Disabled People Off Medicaid

People with disabilities are losing life-sustaining services after Kansas became the first state to privatize Medicaid. The post Kansas Governor Is Forcing Disabled People Off Medicaid appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Good news in Utah

Utah had been on my list of highly probable Medicaid expansion states for a while now.  They’ve been in talks with Health and Human Services (HHS) for a 1115 waiver and their discussions have been wide ranging.  Last Friday, it looks like the outlines of a deal have been agreed to: “They are giving us [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

The Sunshine Act escalates the war on physicians

The media has feasted on the recent release of data by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that details payments made by the pharmaceutical and device companies to hospitals and physicians in 2013. This was part of the the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA) — also known as section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act […]


last monthIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

According to a press release from The American Association for Justice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has withdrawn its proposed rule in tort actions on future medicals called “Medicare Secondary Payer and Future...Show More Summary

Exact Sciences: Revisiting Cologuard's Value

By Joe McCann: On October 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a National Coverage decision regarding Exact Sciences' (NASDAQ:EXAS) colorectal cancer screening test Cologuard. After a significant debate around if CMS would use a gap-fill analysis or crosswalk, it seems a crosswalk analysis has won. Show More Summary

Why EXACT Sciences Corporation Is Today's Best Healthcare Stock

EXACT Sciences stock is among today's top gainers after the company received positive news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Find out what this means for investors.

U.S. Revises Nursing Home Rating System

2 months agoHealth : NYT: Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acknowledged that its five-star rating system needed work, given that it relies heavily on self-reporting.

Expanding Medicaid Increases Rural Health Care Access and Use

A new study in Health Services Research reveals that expanding Medicaid to cover more adults boosts health care access and use in rural populations.

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