CMS: More than 8.4 Million Enrolled in 2019 Exchange Plans

More than 8.4 million people, 501,271 in North Carolina, selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a health insurance plan through during the 2019 open enrollment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Jan. 3. That’s down from 8.7 million at the same time

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HHS Webinar Jan. 29 on New Preparedness Risk Assessment Toolkit

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response will host a Jan. 29 webinar on its new toolkit to help healthcare organizations identify threats and hazards to inform preparedness activities and investments. Register for the 1 pm ET webinar

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Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 5-7

Join NRHA and hundreds of rural health advocates from across the nation for the largest rural advocacy event in the country, NRHA’s 30th Rural Health Policy Institute, Feb. 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Rural health advocates will converge on Capitol Hill to advocate for key rural health care reforms

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ONC Reports on Health Information Exchange Progress, Priorities

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released its annual report to Congress on health information exchange adoption, as required by the HITECH Act of 2009. “As of 2015, 96 percent of non-federal acute

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Letters of Intent to Apply for New Medicare ACO Program Due Jan. 18

Accountable care organizations interested in participating in the redesigned Medicare Shared Savings Program beginning July 1 must submit their notices of intent to apply by 12 pm ET on Jan. 18. Notices of intent are required to apply for the program’s new BASIC or ENHANCED

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Clinicians May Submit 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2

Clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System may submit their 2018 performance data at the Quality Payment Program website through April 2, with the exception of certain quality data. Clinicians who report quality measures via Medicare Part B claims submit their performance data throughout

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HHS Announces Priorities for New Physician-Focused Payment Models

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently released guidance on its priorities for physician-focused payment models to help stakeholders who are crafting proposed models for its technical advisory committee (PTAC) to review and potentially recommend. In addition to the 10 criteria established by

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Study: CJR Hospitals Reduce Medicare Spending, Post-Acute Discharges

Hospitals participating in the first two years of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model reduced Medicare spending for hip- and knee- replacement episodes by an average 3.1 percent more than hospitals not participating in the program, without an increase in complication rates,

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CMS Call on New Hospital Clinical Laboratory Data Reporting Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a Jan. 22 call for clinical diagnostic laboratories, including hospital outreach laboratories, on collecting and reporting data for the Clinical Diagnostic Test Payment System. Under the physician fee schedule final rule for calendar year 2019, many

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CDC: Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Continue to Climb

U.S. overdose death rates linked to synthetic opioids increased more than 45 percent in 2017, likely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths from heroin and prescription opioids remained stable. “The drug overdose

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