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Government asks for suggestions on how to reduce Medicare appeals backlog

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The federal government is asking the public to suggest ways of reducing Medicare appeals and cutting down on a backlog at the administrative law judge level. The request for information was filed by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and published in today's Federal Register.

 Skilled nursing facility readmissions should be an ACO quality measure, government proposes in payment rule

Skilled nursing facility readmissions should be an ACO quality measure, government proposes in payment rule

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Accountable care organizations should be assessed on the number of people who return to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stated in a proposed rule.

CMS wants comments on ICD-10 readiness

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is looking for comments from providers, vendors and other stakeholders about the collection burdens related to ICD-10 readiness.

Nursing homes to get 1.8% Medicare pay raise in 2013

Skilled nursing providers say they are pleased with the federal government's decision to raise Medicare payments by 1.8% in fiscal year 2013. The cumulative $670 million pay hike will take effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed in a notice late Friday.

HHS releases final set of quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults

The Department of Health and Human Services published its final core set of 26 quality measures for adult Medicaid beneficiaries in the Federal Register today.

Hospices to receive 2.5% bump for Medicare patients

Hospices treating Medicare beneficiaries will see a 2.5% increase in payments for fiscal year 2012, according to a final rule released Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. They must also begin reporting on the quality of care.

Administration proposes possible steep cuts for nursing home Medicare reimbursement, providers warn of 'dramatic impact'

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday announced a rule that could cut certain Medicare reimbursements to skilled nursing facility operators by as much as 11.3% in fiscal 2012. Provider lobbyists immediately issued a statement warning such a move would create "dramatic impact on the lives of nursing home residents and patients."

New nursing home-closure rule gives providers more duties

New nursing home-closure rule gives providers more duties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has grabbed the attention of providers with a new interim rule regarding new procedures for the closure of long-term care facilities. The rule sharply amends the notification-of-closure period — and increases the stakes significantly for potential penalties for administrators.