Healthcare News & Insights

Patients, not paperwork: 3 ways to take advantage of CMS’ reduced burdens

Regulations are created for a reason – keeping patients safe and providing quality care. Today, physicians and facilities are looking for ways to reduce costs and save time, while still providing quality care. In this guest post, Larry Lacombe, VP of program development, support and FM compliance at a company specializing in facilities management, safety, […] [MORE]

What’s new with patient information blocking and MyHealthEData

While attending HIMSS 2018, an administrator from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the MyHealthEData Interoperability Initiative, which aims to “empower patients by ensuring they control their healthcare data and can decide how their data is going to be used, all while keeping that information safe and secure.” In this guest post, […] [MORE]

CMS awards $685 million to support quality patient-center care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is often seen as the big bad wolf because it penalizes hospitals for high readmission rates, patients contracting hospital acquired infections, etc. But CMS has a good side, too. For example, it recently awarded $685 million to 39 national and regional healthcare networks and supporting organizations. 

CMS offers deal for postponed RAC appeals — but there’s a catch

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shut down its recovery audit contract (RAC) program because of a massive backlog of appeals. Now it’s offering a deal to hospitals to reduce the backlog, but should your facility take the bait? 

Medicare audits coming back: What CMS is looking for

Healthcare providers need to get ready — the recovery audit contract (RAC) program is being revived. 

Lawmakers turn-up pressure on CMS to reform HRRP

Federal regulators are being squeezed by Washington lawmakers to fix an Obamacare program that they say may be unfair to low-income patients and the safety-net hospitals that serve them.

Spike in hospital observation stays despite two-midnight rule

Medicare’s controversial two-midnight or “Cinderella” rule, aimed at saving money by reducing the number of hospital observation stays, is doing just the opposite.

CMS wants to adopt updated life safety code

A key priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to ensure the health and safety of all patients, family and staff in every provider and supplier setting. That’s why it recently announced a proposed rule to adopt the updated life safety code (LSC). 

SGR and ICD-10 postponed: Good news or bad news?

A new law is adding yet another “doc fix” to delay Medicare pay again. Also delayed, for reasons no one really understands, is the ICD-10 start date. 

Feds launch new round of prepayment meaningful use audits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has responded to charges that the federal EHR incentive program lacks critical oversight by conducting audits of some providers after they attest to meaningful use of EHRs.