Dec 3, 2019
The Administration recently released a final rule requiring hospitals to disclose payer-specific negotiated rates. Specifically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule will require hospitals to post a list of five types of standard charges – now defined as gross charges…
Nov 21, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 issued a final rule updating physician fee schedule (PFS) payments for calendar year (CY) 2020. The rule also includes several policies implementing year four of the quality payment program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP…
Nov 19, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ home health prospective payment system CY 2020 final rule with comment period is effective Jan. 1, 2020; however, through Dec. 30, the agency will take comments related to drug coverage under the Medicare durable medical equipment benefit.
Nov 19, 2019
In light of closures and potential closures of certain facilities that use gas ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize medical devices prior to their distribution and use, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about the future availability of medical devices and possible medical device…
Nov 18, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 released the calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS)/ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system final rule. In addition to standard updates, the rule finishes phasing in the site-neutral rate for clinic…
Oct 23, 2019
In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is now the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), released its landmark report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the report’s release, media outlets will be revisiting the report and…
Oct 11, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 30 published a final rule to modify the discharge planning process requirements for hospitals and certain post-acute care providers. The final rule is effective Nov. 29.
Oct 11, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final rule on the Medicare Conditions of Participation changes requirements that the agency identified as unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers. The provisions take effect Nov. 29.
Sep 20, 2019
Next week, CBS News is slated to air a three-part series called “Medical Price Roulette,” exploring medical costs, including hospital prices. The series is scheduled to run Monday, Sept. 23, through Wednesday, Sept. 25, on both CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News (watch a preview of the series).
Sep 20, 2019
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) recently finalized revisions to general chapter (Pharmaceutical Compounding and Sterile Preparations). In addition, USP in 2016 finalized a new general chapter, (Hazardous Drugs Handling in Healthcare Settings). Both general chapters have widespread…