CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy

CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy Interagency effort seeks to improve access and quality of care for rural Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly...

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CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden

CMS Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicare and Reduce Burden Proposed rules would advance administrative burden reduction, Medicare modernization, and the Meaningful Measures Initiative Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed transformative changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range...

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CMS Proposes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden

CMS Proposes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden Changes in Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System would advance price transparency and interoperability Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to empower patients through better access to hospital price information,...

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New Medicare Card: New Numbers Are Confidential

CMS is mailing new Medicare cards with new Medicare numbers (known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) to people newly enrolling in Medicare. People who already have Medicare coverage will receive their cards on a flow basis. The MBI is protected health information. Protect the MBI and only share it for...

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LTCH

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare Website – New Measures Added

This fact sheet, released by CMS, contains information about the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare website that was refreshed with new quality measures added on December 12, 2017. Background Why is this information being released? Section 3004(a) of the Affordable Care Act established the LTCH Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and...

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Surgery Room

CMS finalizes changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, cancels Episode Payment Models and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model

On November 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models that were to be operated by the CMS Innovation Center and implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. These changes will...

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