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CMS doubles number of ACOs, releases new report on ACO impact

January 10, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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Another 106 provider organizations make the CMS list of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), bringing the number of covered beneficiaries to more than 4 million.

Hospice hit with $50K fine for data breach

January 9, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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Think your LTC facility is too small for privacy and security authorities to come after you for data breaches? Think again.

Telehealth bill proposes higher federal payments, less restrictions

January 4, 2013  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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Congress is considering new legislation that would erase many of the barriers to telehealth adoption and create better incentives for providers.

Obama, Senators set 11th-hour fiscal cliff meeting

December 28, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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No one’s sure what key bargaining chips will be in play at today’s 3 p.m. meeting between President Obama and congressional leaders, but raising the Medicare age isn’t going to be one of them, according to a key Democratic Senator.

CDC: Make brain health a national priority

December 27, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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Placing brain health among the current national health priorities--like diabetes and heart disease--can give cognitive health the attention and respect it needs to foster awareness and better prevention habits, according to a report from the Centers for...

Washington Update: Republicans fail to support Boehner’s latest fiscal cliff proposal

December 21, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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On the Friday before the Christmas holiday, Congress is still nowhere on an agreement to avert sequestration and the fiscal cliff.

AHCA: Medicaid payment shortfalls projected at $7 billion for 2012

December 18, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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A new report released today by the American Health Care Association shows historic shortfalls in what Medicaid pays and what skilled nursing care actually costs.

ONC releases final EMR testing specs for 2014

December 17, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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No more guessing: After months of drafting and reviewing, the Final Testing Method for electronic medical records (EMRs) has been published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

OIG report: CMS' fraud system has promising first year

December 17, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Fraud Prevention Program gets a decent grade in its Year One evaluation, but the inspectors also have a few suggestions.

Medicare policies complicate aging-in-place strategies

December 14, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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If aging-in-place is on the rise, why is it becoming more difficult for stay-at-home seniors to get mobility equipment?

HHS says no to full funding for partial Medicaid expansions

December 11, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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The Department of Health & Human Services clarified its position Monday on funding ratios for state Medicaid expansions and published an extensive FAQ list on state health insurance exchanges.

Washington Update: Medicare, 'doc-fix' and the 'fiscal cliff'

December 11, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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Healthcare policy expert Blair Childs, vice president for public affairs at Premier healthcare alliance, gives his "insider impressions" of what’s happening on the Hill regarding a possible "doc-fix," Medicare funding, and possible Affordable Care Act policy...

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