The ability to listen first and take action second has been key to Marilyn Tavenner's success in leading the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services since 2010, according to several FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board members. However, they say, how well she continues to practice such patience in the face of politics will be what ultimately defines her tenure at CMS.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday it will spend up to $1 billion to fund awards and evaluations of projects that test new payment and service delivery models designed to cut costs and improve patient care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new guidance to help eligible professionals participate in both the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program and the Physician Quality Reporting System program. Eligible professionals who successfully participate in both programs can receive incentive payments in 2013 and avoid penalties in 2015.
Stakeholders have started to weigh in on proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of Inspector General to update the regulatory protections to hospitals and others who subsidize electronic health record purchases for physicians, with the American Hospital Association calling for such protections to be made "permanent."
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been lax in overseeing unsafe prescribing patterns for patients on Medicaid Part D, and has done little to thwart questionable prescribing practices, according to an analysis by ProPublica, an independent newsroom that performs investigative journalism in the public interest.
Policy changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that resulted in MRI reimbursement cuts are dramatically affecting radiology groups.
While several articles have been written about talking points made by healthcare industry speakers at last week's "listening session" hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator, what federal officials said appears to be flying under the radar.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today made an about-face on Marilyn Tavenner's nomination for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator and removing his hold.
Providers and other industry stakeholders took advantage of a listening session held by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on May 3 to vent their frustrations with allegations that they're using electronic health record systems to commit billing fraud.
The Washington, D.C.-based eHealth Initiative-- responding to a request for information issued in March by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services--said last week that excessive federal regulation of health information exchange would result in inhibited innovation and development.