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Senate health committee unanimously passes HIT bill

The Improving Health Information Technology Act and six other bills cleared the Senate health committee with bipartisan support at a hearing on Tuesday.

Doc groups support cost-saving telehealth proposal

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health. 

CMS proposes changes to ACO structure under Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a variety of changes to the payments to providers who participate in accountable care organizations under the Medicare Share Savings Program.

6 million Americans qualify for Medicaid but don't sign up

As many as six million Americans are eligible to get nearly free healthcare through Medicaid but don't sign up, according to an article from the  Wall Street Journal.

CMS: For approval of Medicaid home health services, telemedicine counts for face-to-face visits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published a final rule clarifying requirements behind face-to-face encounters for Medicaid beneficiaries to be eligible to receive home health services; the rule outlines that telehealth can be used for such encounters.

Providers need a harder nudge toward alternative payment models

The mostly voluntary aspects of alternative payment models for providers could make it harder for Medicare to reap future savings, according to the former chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

CMS to Theranos: Deficient lab practices pose 'immediate jeopardy to patient health'

The investigation into Theranos by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been completed, and the findings are not good, with CMS saying that "the deficient practices of the laboratory pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety."

Report: PAs increase access to care for underserved patient populations

The doctor shortage and the industry shift toward value-based care have generated a trend toward broader use of nonphysician practitioners to provide care in team-based settings. By taking advantage of the ethnic diversity among physician assistants, care teams have an additional avenue for increasing patient access to care, according to a new report from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Slavitt tells legislators they'll be 'very pleased' with new MACRA rule

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing last week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told legislators that they may be "very pleased" with new proposed rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that will be released later this year. 

Report: CMS underpays Medicare Advantage plans for treating chronic conditions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services underpaid Medicare Advantage health plans for the costs of treating individuals with multiple chronic conditions, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health.