Medicare

Apr 10, 2018
As the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to craft comprehensive legislation to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, AHA today urged the committee to report legislation to align 42 CFR Part 2 with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. “Congress must amend this law,…
Apr 13, 2018
Delaware hospitals contributed almost $348.9 million in community benefits to the state in fiscal year 2016, according to a new report by the Delaware Healthcare Association. The total includes the value of community benefit programs, charity care, bad debt, and payment shortfalls attributed to…
Apr 12, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today concluded a two-day hearing on more than 30 bills to address the opioid crisis through Medicare and Medicaid coverage and payment policies, which follows a similar hearing last month on 25 other bills. Witnesses at the latest hearing included…
Apr 12, 2018
Reforming the Medicare conditions of participation and modernizing the Stark Law are key to regulatory relief and the transition to value, Advocate Aurora Health Chief Medical Officer Lee Sacks, M.D., told the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday. Testifying at a closed-door forum on…
Apr 11, 2018
House Ways and Means Committee leaders today released a white paper summarizing stakeholder recommendations for Medicare-related legislation to address the opioid crisis, which the committee plans to use to develop and advance bipartisan policies. The committee in February requested feedback on…
Apr 5, 2018
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission today approved a recommendation to reduce emergency department payment rates by 30% for off-campus stand-alone EDs located within six miles of an on-campus hospital ED. The AHA earlier this week urged MedPAC not to approve the recommendation, saying it was…
Apr 5, 2018
The leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last night released a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis, and announced an April 11 hearing on the bill with the goal of marking up legislation this spring. According to a committee…
Apr 3, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an April 5 webinar to update health care providers and others as it rolls out new Medicare cards to beneficiaries that replace the Social Security-based beneficiary number with a new Medicare beneficiary identifier. Providers will have…
Apr 2, 2018
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission should not finalize its draft recommendation to reduce payments for off-campus stand-alone emergency departments located within six miles of an on-campus hospital ED, which is not based on any analysis of Medicare beneficiaries, Medicare costs or Medicare…
Apr 2, 2018
A federal judge has asked the AHA to provide detailed suggestions on behalf of hospitals and health systems for how the Department of Health and Human Services can reduce the backlog of Medicare billing appeals awaiting adjudication at the Administrative Law Judge level and prevent another huge…