- New bill would delay employer mandate for certain Medicare, Medicaid providers
Representative Steve Daines (R-Montana) recently introduced legislation that would delay the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until January 1, 2016 for businesses that offer services through Medicare and Medicaid.
- CBO announces Medicare and Medicaid spending growth at slower rate
Medicare and Medicaid spending will grow at a slower rate than past predictions indicated, the Congressional Budget Office stated Tuesday. However, an aging population will put increasing pressure on government healthcare programs.
- DOJ and HHS release roadmap to combat elder abuse
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a new tool intended to help care providers, policy makers, educators, and researchers prevent and fight elder abuse.
- LTC providers will be able to appeal Medicare claims without ALJ
Long-term care providers will be able to appeal certain Medicare claims decisions without utilizing an administrative law judge, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
- CMS reintroduces Comprehensive APCs, proposes expanded packaging
The 2015 OPPS proposed rule, released July 3 by CMS, is relatively short at less than 700 pages, but contains refinements to the previously introduced Comprehensive APC policy, significant packaging of ancillary services, and a change for inpatient certification requirements.
- CMS' 2015 HH PPS proposed rule to eliminate face-to-face physician narrative
CMS’ proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2015 carries mixed news for homecare providers: it aims to both nix the contentious narrative component of the physician face-to-face encounter requirement and whittle down Medicare payments to home health agencies by .3%, or $58 million.