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HHS' costly innovation lab yet to prove successful

The Department of Health and Human Services' plan to ensure quality care for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries--while, in turn, save money--has yet to deliver on some of its key goals.

How free mapping tools can shield docs from ICD-10 pain

While hospitals and other healthcare organizations have spent millions on consultants to help them transition to ICD-10, health IT developers have spurned the opportunity to insulate clinicians from having to deal with the administrative codes, according to former Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider.

Former CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner named CEO of AHIP

Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has been named the new president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plan.

Proposed rule clarifies disclosure regs for physician-owned hospitals

A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would modify current Stark Law regulations for physician-owned hospitals.

Telemedicine's rapid rise: Examining the factors

Mobile technologies and an increased push by states demanding coverage from insurance companies for telemedicine have prompted rapid growth in the industry, even as sluggishness from Medicare on the issue looms.

Slavitt's CMS nomination met with skepticism, praise

Former executive of UnitedHealth Group's Optum business Andy Slavitt--tapped to be the next administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)--is likely to face a tough confirmation process due to  conflict of interest concerns.

CMS expands telehealth payments in proposed physician payment schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, via its proposed physician fee schedule for 2016, offers to expand telehealth payments and notes that federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics will be eligible to use new chronic care management codes if they comply with outlined health IT requirements.

Obama nominates Andy Slavitt as new CMS administrator

President Barack Obama has asked the Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Grace period agreement likely the death knell for another ICD-10 delay

In announcing a  joint effort with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10 for providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday essentially sounded the death knell for the possibility of a fourth delay.

CMS announces one-year ICD-10 grace period

Physician practices worried about financial disaster related to ICD-10 implementation can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to loosen penalties for imperfect claims submission within the first year providers are using the more complex coding system, CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced yesterday.