Did you celebrate a birthday on March 23? If so, you share your special day with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
The juncture of the increasing drive to lower healthcare costs, consumer preferences for at home care or care in more residential environments, and the ability to deliver care as needed in portable and flexible ways, all have combined to produce an acceleration in the closure and repositioning of traditional SNFs to alternative uses.
President Obama’s “precision medicine initiative” earmarked over $200 million from his proposed 2016 budget to “bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.”
On March 26, the U.S. House of Representatives by a 392-37 vote passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The Senate must approve by legislation before it can be sent to President Obama for signature.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved a major Medicare package, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which would reform Medicare reimbursement policy for physician fee schedule services and adopt a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released information about a new accountable care organization (“ACO”) model, called the Next Generation ACO.
After a decade of short-term actions, congressional leaders are pushing this week to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that governs Medicare physician payment rates, and replace the system with one that values quality outcomes.
Physicians long have been in tough negotiation positions with large, often dominant commercial health insurers. In its 13th edition report, “Competition in Health Insurance – A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets,” the AMA found, based on 2012 data, that 72% of the nation’s metropolitan commercial health insurance markets are highly concentrated as measured against federal antitrust guidelines.
Our partner Elizabeth Litten and I were quoted by our good friend Marla Durben Hirsch in her recent article in Medical Practice Compliance Alert entitled “Doctor is Arrested for Stealing Thousands of Patient Records.”