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Medicare rewards 1,557 hospitals, penalizes 1,427 in first quality of care analysis

December 20, 2012 5:23 pm by | 0 Comments

Medicare on Thursday disclosed bonuses and penalties for nearly 3,000 hospitals as it ties almost $1 billion in payments to the quality of care provided to patients.
The revised payments, which will begin in January, mark the federal government’…


CMS: Telehealth services should be expanded to cover annual wellness visits, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis

CMS: Telehealth services should be expanded to cover annual wellness visits, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis

July 4, 2014 5:30 am by | 0 Comments

Startups and established companies in the telehealth space will be excited to hear that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid has proposed expanding telehealth benefits for Medicare recipients, according to…


Soul-crushing regulations: How bureaucrats are chasing smart young entrepreneurs out of HIT

Soul-crushing regulations: How bureaucrats are chasing smart young entrepreneurs out of HIT

June 25, 2014 5:58 am by | 2 Comments

At the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s second roundtable on digital health, Jonathan Bush spoke up for the people who were not in the room. He and several of 10…



For second straight year, hospital readmission rate drops (but not enough)

For second straight year, hospital readmission rate drops (but not enough)

May 8, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Two major safety shortcomings in America’s hospitals—the frequency with which patients get hurt during their stays and the large number who are readmitted—have decreased as government penalties and other programs…


Power Politics and the Hijacking of Healthcare Policy

Power Politics and the Hijacking of Healthcare Policy

May 7, 2014 11:38 am by | 0 Comments

The Delay of ICD-10 Dealing from the bottom of the deck. Winning at any cost. If I can’t get what I want from you at the front door you might…


The ICD-10 emperor is not naked, but actually quite nicely dressed

The ICD-10 emperor is not naked, but actually quite nicely dressed

April 24, 2014 11:37 am by | 9 Comments

A few days ago, Betsy Nicoletti penned a post titled “The ICD-10 emperor has no clothes.” Kate Warnock  - social business strategist at BCBS of Florida – aka @FLBlue -…


Heart doc calls for a time-out for ABIM MOC Mandate

Heart doc calls for a time-out for ABIM MOC Mandate

April 10, 2014 6:00 am by | 2 Comments

From theheart.org (registration required), John Mandrola, MD calls for a “time-out” for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) mandate:The matter for debate is whether the…


Patients are actually customers … Who knew?

Patients are actually customers … Who knew?

April 2, 2014 11:01 pm by | 6 Comments

I was finally getting to my giant pile of reading this week when I saw an article in Health Care Information Week that included the following sentence: As consumer satisfaction…



Tips for passing an EHR incentive audit

Tips for passing an EHR incentive audit

April 1, 2014 11:32 am by | 0 Comments

When CMS first announced the availability of incentive funds for eligible providers who adopted an Electronic Health Record and were not only willing to comply with all HIPAA rules and…


CMS puts on hold key elements of contentious Medicare Part D rule

CMS puts on hold key elements of contentious Medicare Part D rule

March 10, 2014 12:57 pm by | 0 Comments

CMS put on hold the bulk of its controversial Part D proposed rule, telling lawmakers Monday morning that after hearing “numerous concerns about some elements of the proposal from members…


GOP pounces on MedPAC letter against opening preferred-pharmacy networks

GOP pounces on MedPAC letter against opening preferred-pharmacy networks

March 7, 2014 3:16 pm by | 0 Comments

House Ways & Means Republicans pounced on a letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in opposition to CMS’ proposal to open preferred-pharmacy networks to nonpreferred pharmacies, using MedPAC’s concerns…


Medicare PAC disagrees with CMS’ proposal to open preferred pharmacy networks

Medicare PAC disagrees with CMS’ proposal to open preferred pharmacy networks

March 6, 2014 4:57 pm by | 0 Comments

Congressional Medicare advisers support CMS’ plan to remove protected status for three drug classes, although they think the beneficiary appeals process is broken, and they agree CMS should crack down…


CMS still defending its Part D rule with newly released fact sheet

CMS still defending its Part D rule with newly released fact sheet

February 27, 2014 7:38 pm by | 0 Comments

CMS strongly defending its contentious Part D proposed rule with a new fact sheet Thursday (Feb. 27) that says the provisions are aimed at protecting beneficiaries, increasing transparency, ensuring plans’…


151 groups support Medicare Part D proposed rule, says pharmacists association

151 groups support Medicare Part D proposed rule, says pharmacists association

February 25, 2014 8:55 pm by | 0 Comments

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Tuesday (Feb. 25) released a letter, signed by 151 organizations, in support of CMS’ contentious Part D proposed rule, coming a day before a…


CMS opens second front on preferred pharmacies with MA call letter

CMS opens second front on preferred pharmacies with MA call letter

February 25, 2014 2:23 pm by | 0 Comments

CMS opened a second front against preferred pharmacy networks when it proposed on Friday (Feb. 21) to use the 2015 call letter on Medicare Advantage pay rates to make more…


Sunshine online database registration is live for organizations, but what about physicians?

Sunshine online database registration is live for organizations, but what about physicians?

February 25, 2014 11:11 am by | 0 Comments

Spread the word: As of February 18th, biopharmaceutical/medical technology organizations and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) can now register and set up their accounts with the Open Payments/Sunshine online database. Biopharmaceutical/medical…