Jim McDermott

Cash-strapped feds to cut back Medicare oversight this year, OIG official says

Cash-strapped feds to cut back Medicare oversight this year, OIG official says

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One of nursing homes' most vigilant government watchdogs plans to dramatically curb its activities this year, a federal official has told the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General anticipates reducing Medicare and Medicaid oversight activities overall by 20% in fiscal year 2014.

RACs recovered $8,000 from skilled nursing facilities, $2.3 billion overall in 2012, report shows

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Medicare recovery audit contractors collected about $8,000 in fiscal year 2012 through a skilled nursing facility claims review pilot, according to a recently released annual report to Congress.

McDermott urges RAC penalties for successfully appealed decisions

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Medicare recovery audit contractors should face financial penalties when providers successfully challenge their decisions, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) stated in a recent letter to the head of the Health and Human Services Department.

Proposal for full LTC coverage

Proposal for full LTC coverage

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Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill to launch a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.

Bizarre decision shows that when it comes to 3-day stay rule, there ought to be a law

Bizarre decision shows that when it comes to 3-day stay rule, there ought to be a law

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There are many odd animals roaming our healthcare industrial complex. But few are more bizarre than Medicare's three-day rule. Or more deserving of extinction.