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CMS prescribes palliative relief for what ails the ACA

CMS issues final rule to increase choices and encourage stability in health insurance market for 2018 Individuals obtaining coverage in the Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act have faced double-digit premium increases, fewer plans to choose from, and a…

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CMS to deny HH PPS claims sent without OASIS assessments

Washington, DC (NAHC Report) March 29, 2017 CMS… directs the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to automate the denial of Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) claims when the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessment has not been sent.…

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Senator supports parents receiving perinatal Hospice care info.

York, KS (York News-Times) March 8, 2017 by Kansas Senator Mark Kolterman “…one of the more interesting pieces of legislation I learned about this year, and one I will be supporting, is LB 506, brought by Senator Albrecht. “Under this…

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ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Seeks Questions & Suggestions

The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee is providing a public forum to discuss proposed code changes to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The meeting scheduled for March 7, 2017 is devoted to procedure code issues. The meeting scheduled for March 8 2017…

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CMS Finalizes Rule to Reduce Medicare Appeals Backlog

Health Industry Washington Watch – January 30, 2017 By Rahul Narula In the face of growing scrutiny and now judicial pressure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule on January 17, 2017 implementing certain administrative…

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Obama Administration Finalizes Costly Changes to Home Health Conditions of Participation

Washington, DC (Health Industry Washington Watch) 18 January 2017 By Debra A. McCurdy CMS has finalized extensive changes to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The…

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CMS Opens Nominations for Hospice Quality Reporting Program Clinical Committee

Source: CMS.gov The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RTI International to develop quality measures using standardized assessment and claims data to address current gaps in hospice quality…. As part of its measure development process, CMS…

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Bamboozled: Hospice center's billing practice sparks new legislation - NJ.com

NJ.com   Bamboozled: Hospice center’s billing practice sparks new legislation NJ.com There are times when a business doesn’t do anything legally wrong, but its actions leave a bad taste in the mouths of consumers. We’ve got one of those cases…

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CMS Issues Final Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rules for FY 2017 - Lexology (registration)

CMS Issues Final Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rules for FY 2017Lexology (registration)CMS has released a final rule that updates the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS estimates that the final…

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CMS Issues Final Update To Medicare Hospice Payment Rules For FY 2017 - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

CMS Issues Final Update To Medicare Hospice Payment Rules For FY 2017Mondaq News Alerts (registration)CMS has released a final rule that updates the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS estimates that…

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