Payment Reimbursement and Managed Care

A proposed Medicare condition of participation would bring a slew of new requirements for OB care

Note: HFMA’s coverage of the payment update in the outpatient payment proposed rule can be found here. Hospitals intending to participate in Medicare must meet new standards for obstetric (OB) care, according to CMS’s proposed outpatient rule for 2025. The rule proposes to establish a new Medicare condition of participation (CoP), whereby hospitals and critical…

Nick Hut July 12, 2024

Medicare’s proposed outpatient payment update for 2025 doesn’t keep pace with hospital costs, advocates say

Note: Additional coverage of the proposed rule can be found here. Hospital advocates expressed dissatisfaction with the payment update in Medicare’s 2025 proposed rule for hospital outpatient care and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). CMS proposes to increase the Medicare rate for outpatient services and ASCs by 2.6%, resulting from a 3% jump in the market…

Nick Hut July 11, 2024

CMS proposes to hold Medicare ACOs harmless for spending levels stemming from catheter-billing fraud

CMS has issued a proposed rule to mitigate the impact of a high-profile Medicare fraud scheme on accountable care organizations (ACOs). The rule seeks to address “significant, anomalous and highly suspect billing activity for selected intermittent urinary catheters on Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics & Supplies (DMEPOS) claims” as applied to ACOs in the…

Nick Hut July 9, 2024

Healthcare providers face Medicare payment-rate penalties for information blocking under new rule

Healthcare providers will receive a lower Medicare payment update if they are deemed to have engaged in information blocking, according to a final rule from HHS and CMS. For hospitals, a violation will leave the organization noncompliant with the Promoting Interoperability Program, meaning it would lose out on three-quarters of the annual market-basket update for…

Nick Hut July 3, 2024

Supreme Court ruling on Chevron makes regulations in healthcare (and other industries) more vulnerable to legal challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision Friday that has dramatic implications for the regulatory infrastructure in healthcare, among many other industries. Since it was established in a 1984 case, Chevron deference has served as guidance to courts that regulatory authorities such as CMS and dozens of others across the federal government have license to…

Nick Hut June 28, 2024

Annual Conference Day 4: Geeta Nayyar discusses information gaps and the promise and perils of technology

Applications of technology and the purveyance of information are key issues impacting the efficacy of the healthcare system, author and healthcare technology expert Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, explained during Thursday’s keynote session in Las Vegas. In a sit-down discussion with HFMA President and CEO Ann Jordan, Nayyar described working at the intersection of medicine and…

Nick Hut June 27, 2024

Annual Conference Day 3: UnitedHealth, Optum executives discuss resilience strategies for healthcare

Especially after being on the front lines of the most impactful cyberattack to hit the healthcare industry, leaders with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) and Optum have plenty of thoughts on how stakeholders can shore up their defenses. UHG is the parent company and Optum a sister company of Change Healthcare, which was the target of a…

Paul Barr, MS, MBA June 27, 2024

Annual Conference Day 1: HFMA, AHA leaders hold forth on the state of the healthcare industry

HFMA’s 2024 Annual Conference began Monday afternoon with HFMA’s Ann Jordan and the American Hospital Association’s Rick Pollack rallying attendees to address the profound challenges and opportunities facing the industry. To start, Jordan, HFMA’s president and CEO, highlighted the conference theme, “A New Frontier in Health.” Frontier is “an exciting and unsettling word that really…

Nick Hut June 25, 2024

Preventive-services coverage mandate for Affordable Care Act plans remains intact following appeals court ruling

In a decision that could have been consequential for health insurance coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, an appeals court limited the immediate impact. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower-court ruling that preventive-care mandates for ACA health plans are unconstitutional. But the appeals court said the…

Nick Hut June 24, 2024

CMS’s 2024 MA rule brings some improvements but falls short of addressing all providers’ concerns

Hospitals and other healthcare providers welcomed CMS’s release in 2023 of the 2024 Medicare Advantage and Part D final rule (CMS-4201-F).a The rule represents CMS’s effort to refine the practices of MA organizations by placing limitations on prior authorization, elevating requirements for provider directories and making comprehensive adjustments to the MA and Part D quality…

Mattie Smith, JD June 19, 2024
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