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October 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Democratic leaders of congressional health care committees asked the Government Accountability Office to quickly review the legality of the president’s plan to send $200 Medicare drug discount cards to seniors before the election.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (Oct. 8) laid out Medicare loan repayment terms as revised by the latest continuing resolution, including the option for providers to request an extended repayment schedule if they are facing financial hardships.

October 08, 2020 | Daily News

Though some stakeholders are praising CMS’ proposed increases to evaluation and management payments in the 2021 physician fee schedule, many physicians groups -- including the American Medical Association -- are loudly decrying the budget neutral cuts tied to those pay hikes, and lawmakers recently asked CMS to mitigate the cuts to give Congress time to step in.

October 07, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Wednesday (Oct. 7) said her agency will prioritize those most at risk for COVID-19 to get vaccines once they are available, and that includes those in nursing homes.

October 06, 2020 | Daily News

Radiation oncologist and other physician groups are asking CMS to push back the radiation oncology demonstration and ease the cuts that are built into the model, especially given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

October 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Thursday (Oct. 1) expressed support for a staff recommendation to shift indirect Medicare education payment towards outpatient-centric settings, although no official vote was taken.

October 05, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (Oct. 5) said the agency will reach out to providers about new flexibility surrounding the Medicare provider relief loans, as laid out in the newly signed continuing resolution to keep the government open through Dec. 11.

October 05, 2020 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (Oct. 5) said the agency will reach out to providers about new flexibility surrounding the Medicare provider relief loans, as laid out in the newly signed continuing resolution to keep the government open through Dec. 11.

October 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Advanced Medical Technology Association wants CMS to review all its Medicare regulations to find ways to increase coverage of and beneficiary access to digital health technology, learning from its eased regulatory approach during the pandemic.

October 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission appeared largely supportive of a recommendation to modify Medicare Advantage benchmarks after staff said current benchmarks create higher payments to MA plans and significant benchmark cliffs across regions.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats late Thursday passed their $2.2 trillion revised HEROES bill, which includes Affordable Care Act subsides for the unemployed, increased federal matching funds for Medicaid and additional money for providers, after they failed to reach a deal with the White House, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters the talks will continue.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate on Wednesday (Sept. 30) passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown, and extends funding for several Medicare and Medicaid programs, among other health care riders.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

North Carolina will be following up with 18 nursing homes after an HHS Office of Inspector General report found the facilities had problems related to life safety and emergency preparedness, although the state questioned the report’s validity.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Sept. 29) lowered the thresholds for testing nursing home staff for COVID-19, basing its new methodology on the number of tests done in the county as well as COVID-19 positivity rates as opposed to just the latter.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Durable medical equipment suppliers have put planning for 2021 on hold as the Medicare landscape remains unclear because key CMS policies have yet to come out, a DME lobbyist said.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s proposal to reform the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits by removing the so-called “subsidy cliff” would reduce health care costs for nearly all current marketplace enrollees, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis out just prior to the first presidential debate.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is updating its state guidance for investigating serious nursing home complaints after a new HHS Office of Inspector General report found that 21 states failed to meet the federal government’s timeliness threshold for investigating serious nursing home complaints from 2016 through 2018.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

CMS says it is pleased Congress is working to change the repayment terms of Medicare loans to providers and to mitigate Part B premium hikes as part of the continuing resolution that the Senate is set to take up Tuesday (Sept. 29), after key Democrats wrote to the agency raising concerns with lack of clarity on provider repayment, the effects of the program on Medicare premiums and the overall amount of Part B loans given to providers.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

An executive order President Donald Trump unveiled Thursday night (Sept. 25) includes a provision to make HHS update Hospital Compare when providers are not in compliance with the hospital price transparency final rule.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Only some seniors will receive the president’s $200 Medicare Part D cards for copays before the election because it will take months to issue the cards, White House officials said Friday (Sept. 25).

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