More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries suffer from two or more chronic conditions, which often require more time and resources to manage than most physicians say they have, according to a new report from SmartCCM.
While officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could not say definitively on a media call Thursday what the status of the agency's new ICD-10 Coordination Center and its ombudsman would be in the event of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, they did maintain that the transition itself will go on as planned.
Actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the ICD-10 transition could help to minimize errors, according to a report, but the impact of errors that do occur won't be known until the new code set is implemented.
Hospital groups are pushing back against the five-star rating system the Medicare program uses to assess hospitals' care quality.
The now three-year-old codes for Medicare's annual wellness visit "look good on paper, [but] they don't work out in practice," Paul Speckart, M.D., an internist in San Diego, recently told MedPage Today.
The government receives a lot of criticism for what it does and does not do. Some of that criticism is unfounded. But sometimes it's justifiable.
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.
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.
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.
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.