Nick Hut

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CMS is curtailing voluntary participation in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model

Hospitals that participated in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model on a voluntary basis over the last three years will be excluded after Sept. 30.

Array May 3, 2021

CMS releases the 2021 hospital star ratings

CMS released its 2021 list of hospital star ratings on the Care Compare website, providing consumers with indications of a hospital’s quality based on a five-star scale.

Array April 30, 2021

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, research finds hospital organizations looking to capitalize on the benefits of ‘systemness’

In a survey of hospital strategic planners, larger health systems were substantially more likely to report that their volumes had reached or exceeded pre-COVID-19 levels.

Array April 30, 2021

In a win for hospitals, CMS removes a rate-reporting requirement from the Medicare FY22 Inpatient Prospective Payment System

An FY22 requirement for hospitals to disclose privately negotiated MA rates on their Medicare cost reports has been rescinded in the proposed rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System.

Array April 29, 2021

Key payment details in the Medicare FY22 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule

CMS’s FY22 proposed rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System includes a 2.8% payment increase for general acute care hospitals.

Array April 28, 2021

News briefs: CMS reduces Medicare payments by 25% for many providers as part of loan recoupment

News briefs for May include recoupment of Medicare advance payments, a potential issue with hospitals' 340B eligibility, and more.

Array April 26, 2021

Why the federal agency that oversees healthcare payment innovation is rethinking its approach

The director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is conducting a “strategic refresh” of the agency to consider how the healthcare industry’s transition to value can be improved.

Array April 25, 2021

Prospective CMS administrator’s confirmation hearing highlights Congress’s desire to expand telehealth coverage

In a confirmation hearing for prospective CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, various members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed their hope to implement a permanent expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage.

Array April 21, 2021

Update on Medicare payment policy for treatments involving bamlanivimab

Medicare no longer will pay healthcare providers for administering the COVID-19 treatment bamlanivimab now that the FDA has revoked the Emergency Use Authorization for treatments in which the drug is administered alone.

Array April 20, 2021

7 steps for supporting organizational well-being and mitigating clinician burnout

As part of a strategy to mitigate burnout and boost clinician well-being, interventions should be tailored to the specific needs of teams.

Array April 19, 2021