Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with healthcare through legislation.As we celebrate Halloween, we are seeing healthcare policy “zombies” here in Washington, D.C. – for as many times as congressional leadership has vowed to move on to other legislative topics, healthcare reform seems to always come back to life.The big…
The American Hospital Association steps in; the American Medical Association steps up.On Sept. 27, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would not update its overall hospital quality star ratings in October 2017, as planned. This was primarily based on the public's feedback, but the…
Major financial penalties loom for providers not following reporting requirements.We are more than halfway through the first year of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and a majority of clinicians still do not understand the program.In fact, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that an…
MACRA continues to be a subject that perplexes providers even as the program evolves.It has been recently confirmed that the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment has been cut from 67 to 34 percent in the program, and the carding rehabilitation incentive with bundled payments has been cancelled.…
Much was covered during the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) meeting last week at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) headquarters in Baltimore.The first striking item was that there were no procedure proposals made during this meeting. There was discussion about three root operations – creation, control,…
Now it’s just a little less than three weeks until the beginning of October and when the fiscal year (FY) 2018 changes for ICD-10-CM take effect.  Here is a summary of the new changes for ICD-10-CM: 360 new code additions 142 deletions 250+ revisions The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
Today my thoughts go out to the people of Texas, especially the first responders and caregivers and all of those being impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night as the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, and because it has…
This is the year of many Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory requirement changes. This includes the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS), the next steps toward mandatory Authorized Use Criteria (AUC) implementation for advanced imaging, defining more explicitly what is and what is not “quality” care, etc.  It is…
Medicare celebrated its birthday on July 30. It was 52 years ago, on the morning of July 30, 1965, that President Lyndon Johnson signed the four-inch-thick Medicare bill into law after it had undergone more than 500 amendments during its passage through the House and Senate. The bill was signed…
The Healthcare Business Management Association (HBMA) Government Relations Committee was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) directors and Senate Ways and Means Committee staff the day the proposed rule was published.  As I think we all have recognized, the most significant changes…