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CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodologies for rural areas. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS); 2) Medicare Subpart D-Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria, which provides additional payment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Comments are due by September 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by August 15, 2018 on the evaluation of the technical assistance provided to CMS programs as they integrate health equity into their programs, as determined through the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.
Source: Federal Register
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Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Federal Register
Jul 13, 2018 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Jul 12, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed rule changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in an effort to increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork and use electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information in addition to information related to billing. These proposals would also modernize Medicare payment policies to promote access to virtual care and make changes to quality reporting requirements to focus on measures that most significantly impact health outcomes, among other things.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS:Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2020 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Requirements; and Training Requirements for Surveyors of National Accrediting Organizations Federal Register
Jul 12, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) payment rates for services provided on or after January 1, 2019. Among other things, it includes a proposal for the methodology used to determine rural add-on payments for calendar years 2019-2022. Comments on the proposed rule are due by August 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On Formation of A New Drug Shortages Task Force and FDA’s Efforts to Advance Long-Term Solutions to Prevent Shortages
Jul 12, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force to delve into the causes for prescription drug shortages as well as looking into potential solutions. This task force will include senior leaders from the FDA as well as from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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New CMS Proposals to Modernize and Drive Innovation in Durable Medical Equipment and End-Stage Renal Disease Programs
Jul 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed innovative changes to the payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. These changes aim to increase access to items for patients and simplify Medicare's DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program to drive competition and increase affordability. It also includes ESRD proposals, including to reduce facility-related documentation burden and to address new renal dialysis drug and biological costs and foster innovation in treatment by incentivizing new therapies for patients on dialysis.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Announces New Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator Program
Jul 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a funding opportunity for the Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE) Navigator Program for plan year 2019. CMS expects to award a minimum of $100,000 in each of the 34 FFE states, and may award up to $10 million total for a one year period of performance.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Rural Health Strategy Applies Rural Lens to Agency Initiatives and Programs
Jul 10, 2018 - Discusses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Rural Health Council's recently released Rural Health Strategy. This agency-wide strategy is intended to inform CMS's work as it relates to rural health.
Source: Quality Improvement Organizations
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