CMS announces Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities PPS update proposal for FY 2019

CMS has issued a proposal to update the Medicare Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities (IPFs) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2019. CMS estimates that the total impact of its proposed changes for FY 2019 compared to FY 2018 will be a net increase

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CMS issues proposed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility FY 2019 PPS Update

CMS has published a proposed rule to update the payment rates for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) for Federal fiscal year 2019. CMS says that “the overall economic impact of this final rule is an estimated increase in payments to IRFs in FY 2019,

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CMS releases proposed Skilled Nursing Facility FY 2019 PPS Update

CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), for fiscal year 2019. This proposed rule also proposes to replace the existing case-mix classification methodology, the Resource Utilization

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CMS proposes FY 2019 Hospice wage index, payment rate and quality reporting requirements

CMS has issued a proposed rule that will update hospice payment rates, wage index values, and quality reporting items for fiscal year 2019. CMS estimates that aggregate payments to hospices in FY 2019 will increase by $340 million, or 1.8 percent, compared to

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Survey: 4 million working-age adults have lost health coverage since 2016

An estimated 4 million adults aged 19-64 have lost health coverage since 2016, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s latest Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey. An estimated 15.5% of working-age adults were uninsured during the February-March survey, down from 12.7% in February-March 2016. Rates were

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HHS issues guidance on substance use disorder confidentiality regulation

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released two factsheets to help healthcare providers and others apply the 42 CFR Part 2 regulations on confidentiality of

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May 6-12 – Celebrating National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week

May 6-12, is both National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week. It’s an opportunity to recognize the people at the forefront of health care. To commemorate National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week, the AHA and American Organization of Nurse Executives prepared a digital toolkit and other resources to help

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May 24 deadline to apply for AHA Innovation Challenge

AHA recently launched the 2018 Innovation Challenge to source and spread new ideas and novel approaches for integrated care delivery and financing models designed for specific high-need, high-cost populations. Teams from AHA member hospitals and health systems are invited to submit proposals by

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NCHA sends letter to Congressman Jones requesting assistance with TRICARE issues

In early December 2017, NCHA began receiving numerous inquiries from our members regarding the transition to the new TRICARE East Regional Contractor, Humana Military. The inquiries outlined difficulties getting new providers enrolled, the inability to validate that current providers are properly enrolled and

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Health system leaders meet with NC House Speaker

North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore met with several health system executives last week at NCHA. He informed the group that he is aiming to finish the short session in six weeks, with the major focus on budget amendments and very little policy

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