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Important Medicare updates

Medicare Update for CAHs, August 8, 2012

CMS announces two website redesigns

On July 19, CMS announced that two websites that help Americans make informed choices about hospitals and nursing homes have been redesigned and will make more information available to the public. The two sites – Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare – have been enhanced to make navigation easier by users, and have added important new comparison tools like findings from nursing home inspections. 

View the press release.  

OIG releases results of study on reporting of adverse events in hospitals

On July 19, the OIG issued a report Few Adverse Events in Hospitals Were Reported to State Adverse Event Reporting Systems, which found that an estimated 60% of adverse and temporary harm events nationally occurred at hospitals in States with reporting systems, yet only an estimated 12% of events nationally met state requirements for reporting. OIG also found that hospitals reported only 1% of events. Most of the events that states required to be reported but that hospitals did not report were not identified by internal hospital incident reporting systems, which suggests that low reporting to state systems is more likely the result of hospital failure to identify events than of hospitals' neglecting to report known events. 

View the report.

Obama administration announces public-private partnership to prevent healthcare fraud

On July 26, CMS issued a press release announcing that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of a ground-breaking partnership among the federal government, State officials, several leading private health insurance organizations, and other healthcare anti-fraud groups to prevent healthcare fraud.

View the press release.
 

CMS issues new waived tests

On July 20, CMS issued a transmittal that informs contractors of new CLIA waived tests approved by the FDA.

Effective date: October 1, 2012

Implementation date: October 1, 2012

View transmittal R2496CP.
View MLN Matters article MM7868.
 
CMS issues 2013 OPPS proposed rule

On July 30, CMS issued in the Federal Register the 2013 OPPS proposed rule after releasing the display copy on July 6.

View the proposed rule.
Submit a comment.

CMS issues 2013 physician fee schedule proposed rule

On July 30, CMS issued in the Federal Register the 2013 physician fee schedule proposed rule after releasing the display copy on July 6.

View the proposed rule. 
Submit a comment.

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