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Virgil Dickson

Bureau Chief / Washington

Virgil Dickson reports from Washington on the federal regulatory agencies. His experience before joining Modern Healthcare in 2013 includes serving as the Washington-based correspondent for PRWeek and as an editor/reporter for FDA News. Dickson earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 2007.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma

CMS plans to 'retire' some ACOs


August 09, 2018

In an effort to encourage ACOs to take on downside risk earlier, it plans to end the Track 1 upside-risk-only model.

Medicare Part B change could lead to increased hospitalizations


August 09, 2018

The CMS' move to allow Medicare Advantage plans to require patients to try low-cost generic drugs before more expensive therapies on Part B could lead to poor health outcomes, causing an increase in ED use and inpatient admissions, providers say.

Medicare appeals backlog plummets more than 30% since 2017


August 06, 2018

HHS revealed it has made progress reducing its Medicare appeals backlog and won't need to pursue the AHA's suggestions to expedite pending cases. But the agency conceded it won't be able to meet a federal judge's requirement to eliminate the backlog by the end of 2020.

Medicare officially kills 25% rule for long-term care hospitals


August 02, 2018

The CMS' final inpatient pay rule ends a long proposed 25% rule affecting long-term care hospitals' Medicare reimbursements. The rule also finalized plans to overhaul the meaningful use program to offer incentives for interoperability.

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