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President-Elect Trump Names Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) as HHS Secretary, Seema Verma, Health Care Consultant, as CMS Administrator

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), American Medical Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Health and Human Services (HHS), MACRA - Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

Medicare/Medicaid Reform and ACA Repeal on the Horizon, MACRA Moves Forward for Now The new administration’s agenda for health care may have come into clearer focus with President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of House Representative Tom Price, MD, a Republican from Georgia, as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Seema Verma, MPH, as CMS… Continue Reading

CMS publishes Final MACRA Rule for MIPS and APM Incentives

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Electronic Health Records, Health and Human Services (HHS), Healthcare costs, Medicaid

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule implementing the new Quality Payment Program for physicians in lieu of the repealed sustainable growth rate factor (SGR). Rather than facing substantial annual reductions in Medicare payment fees as a result of the SGR, physicians now have two interrelated… Continue Reading

HHS’ FINAL NONDISCRIMINATION RULE IMPACTS MOST PHYSICIANS

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health and Human Services (HHS)

Physicians subject to the Rule must meet notice and posting obligations by October 16, 2016. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has published its final Rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 42 U.S.C. 18116, prohibiting discrimination in health care programs and… Continue Reading

Medicare value-based payment system

Posted in Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), American Medical Association, Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS sets percentage targets for a Medicare value-based payment system — emphasis on ACOs/bundled payments/integrated care – HHS calls for coordinated design across all payment sectors. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced last week that HHS will expand upon current efforts in transforming Medicare’s fee-for-service (FFS) payment system from one that… Continue Reading