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Funding cuts hamper initiatives to ease med device regulation bottlenecks

Two initiatives are in play to address bottlenecks created by the need for device makers to adhere to mandates by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services--however, funding cuts have kept the programs from reaching their full potential, according to a Health Affairs policy brief.

American Hospital Association applauds proposed changes to two-midnight rule

In a sign that hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are moving closer to an agreement over the controversial two-midnight rule regarding inpatient admissions, the American Hospital Association has praised changes that have been proposed by the agency--but it still wants more time before those changes go into effect.

CMS names William Rogers ICD-10 ombudsman

Emergency room physician William Rogers, who currently serves as director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was announced Thursday as the agency's ICD-10 ombudsman.

ACOs increasing their use of EHRs, CMS says

Electronic health records are increasingly becoming an integral part of Medicare's accountable care organizations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2014 quality and financial performance results.

CMS proposes changes to how it collects information from insurers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a paperwork review notice that it has asked the Office of Management and Budget for a control number in an attempt to collect information from health insurers.

CMS picks Booz Allen Hamilton as new Marketplace System Integrator

Booz Allen Hamilton will now serve as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Marketplace System Integrator and lead governance and technical coordination for a set of systems while ensuring compliance is met. 

Expansion of insurance coverage drove recent healthcare spending increases

As healthcare spending appears poised to rise in the coming years, a new study suggests that the recent upward bumps may be due to millions of more Americans gaining coverage as opposed to other market trends.  

Skilled nursing facilities will receive 1.4% payment bump in 2016

The nation's skilled nursing facilities will receive a windfall as a result of Medicare's final 2016 payment rule: A $430 million increase in payments next year, which represents a 1.2 percent overall increase.

IT touted in CMS initiative to improve substance abuse treatment

The use of health information technology to enhance care coordination is part of a new initiative announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week to improve access to substance use disorder treatment options.

Payments to NPs, PAs outpace physicians

The industry increasingly is calling upon nonphysician practitioners (NPP) such as physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) to help expand healthcare access and optimize physician efficiency. And according to Medicare billing records, NPPs have certainly stepped up to the plate.