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CMS hears fears about billing codes proposal

CMS hears fears about billing codes proposal

Although providers are concerned that the CMS' plan to overhaul some Medicare billing codes could spark underpayment and fraud, CMS officials say there's no reason to worry yet.

Appeals court rejects hospitals' challenge to 340B cuts

Appeals court rejects hospitals' challenge to 340B cuts

The three-judge panel sided with the federal government and rejected the American Hospital Association's attempt to stop Medicare Part B payment cuts to 340B hospitals. The hospitals vowed to continue fighting the cuts.

$313M Medicare administration contract goes to Noridian

Noridian Healthcare Solutions won a seven-year $313 million contract to continue work as a Medicare administrator in a region that includes about 500 hospitals and 74,000 physicians. A competitor called the selection process unfair.

CMS extends bundled-pay program timeline

CMS extends bundled-pay program timeline

The CMS is giving provider groups one more week to decide on participating in the CMS' voluntary Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced program. The extension comes after complaints that providers didn't have the claims data needed to make a decision.

CMS proposes paying home health agencies for remote monitoring

CMS proposes paying home health agencies for remote monitoring

The CMS is considering paying home health agencies for remote patient monitoring. In all, the CMS is proposing a 2.1% or $400 million increase in Medicare payments for home health agencies. That's a change from the 0.4% or $80 million cut from last year.

Medicare Advantage enrollees spend less time in rehab

Medicare Advantage enrollees spend less time in rehab

Medicare Advantage enrollees spend less time in nursing facilities after surgery and are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital when compared with those in traditional Medicare, according to a new report.

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