CMS wants to boost payments over 2% for inpatient rehabilitation, psychiatric

Ensign Group reports record fourth quarter earnings

CMS wants to boost Medicare payments for inpatient rehabilitation facilities by 2.2% and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3% next year, the agency said Wednesday.According to CMS, the changes would increase federal spending on inpatient rehab by $160 million compared to

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Digital therapeutics startup Dthera Sciences was sunk by Alzheimer’s drug failures, CMS reimbursement limitations

Nerve cells affected by Alzheimer's disease

Those keeping an eye on the digital therapeutics industry over the last several years likely remember the name Dthera Sciences. The startup and its CEO Ed Cox became one of the developing space’s many standard bearers around 2018. During that

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Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion — Designed by Pence and Verma — Panned in Federal Report

Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion — Designed by Pence and Verma — Panned in Federal Report

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Indiana’s Medicaid expansion — with its “personal responsibility” provisions that require enrollees to pay monthly premiums and manage health savings accounts — proved no better at improving health and access to care than other state

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CMS extends open enrollment period until Aug. 15

CMS extends open enrollment period until Aug. 15

The Biden administration on Tuesday extended the exchange special enrollment period until Aug. 15, giving consumers in 36 states three more months to signup for coverage through HealthCare.gov.According to CMS, the change will allow more people to take advantage of

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CMS ends policy allowing some Part D plans to cover fewer drugs

CMS ends policy allowing some Part D plans to cover fewer drugs

The Biden administration on Tuesday ended a Trump-era policy that would have allowed Medicare Part D plans to cover fewer drugs under a new pay model.When CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation requested Part D Payment Modernization applications for

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Nephrologists frustrated over CMS’ delay of kidney program

Nephrologists frustrated over CMS' delay of kidney program

Providers caring for patients with chronic kidney disease are scrambling to update their operations after the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation delayed starting a new value-based payment program just weeks before it was set to go live. CMS was

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CMS puts the brakes on breakthrough device coverage rule

CMS puts the brakes on breakthrough device coverage rule

Dive Brief: CMS has postponed for 60 days the implementation of a final rule that would provide immediate Medicare reimbursement for devices authorized through FDA’s breakthrough device program, saying it could revise, further delay or even rescind the proposed action

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CMS hikes COVID-19 vaccine pay, broadens scope of providers to give jab

Joint Commission alerts on health equity as vaccine disparity fears grow

As the Biden administration ramps up its coronavirus vaccination effort, CMS has taken steps to encourage more providers to administer the doses, including increasing the reimbursement rate for Medicare patients. The new rate, announced Monday, is about $40 per dose, meaning

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CMS Increases Vaccine Reimbursement for Home Health Providers, Others

Staffing Reclaims Title of Home-Based Care Industry’s Biggest Challenge

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that it is increasing the Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. That could lift the home health organizations that have been able to play a role in

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