Marilyn Tavenner

New CMS administrator among the expected changes, as Clinton and Trump set up transition teams

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As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare their transition teams as part of their hoped-for march to the White House, one position is sure to catch long-term care officials' notice: The future leader of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Slavitt, Conway rise in rank at CMS

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A number of internal promotions and a few staff acquisitions from a Health and Human Services' insurance unit highlight a series of leadership changes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, it was announced on Monday.

Congressman requests briefing on nursing home five-star rating system

Congressman requests briefing on nursing home five-star rating system

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A leader in Congress has called for an evaluation of the nursing home five-star rating system in light of a recent New York Times article. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requested that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials brief his staff by Sept. 16. One area of concern is the heavy reliance on nursing homes' self-reported data about staffing levels and quality of care, which may not be regularly audited for accuracy, Cummings stated in his Aug. 26 letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Skilled nursing facility trends contribute to improved Medicare outlook, Congressional report says

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The Medicare trust fund is on track to remain solvent until 2030, trustees of the program stated in a Congressional report released Monday. This improved outlook is due in part to revised expectations about the case mix in skilled nursing facilities.

AHA pushes for payment policies to benefit hospital-based skilled nursing facilities

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The government should adjust Medicare payment policies to better support the type of care provided in hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, the American Hospital Association urged in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.

Senators press for SNF survey changes in light of adverse events report

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The skilled nursing facility survey process is failing to ensure resident safety and needs to be improved, two prominent senators said in a recent letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

ICD-10: LTC must get ready

ICD-10: LTC must get ready

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The procrastination is over for the conversion to ICD-10 coding. After the third postponement of the start date last year, officials are adamant about starting the new format Oct. 1.

With ICD-10 transition date firm and testing imminent, Medicare agency releases new provider resources

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Long-term care providers can refer to newly released materials about looming ICD-10 testing and the overall transition to the new coding system, but they should not expect any delay in the Oct. 1 transition date, according to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

New Medicare guidance guarantees that same-sex married couples can live in the same nursing home

New Medicare guidance guarantees that same-sex married couples can live in the same nursing home

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Nursing homes may see more same-gender married couples in the near future in light of federal regulators' first guidance in response to a recent change in the Defense of Marriage Act.

ACA-mandated cuts will not hit Medicare, official asserts

ACA-mandated cuts will not hit Medicare, official asserts

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Because Medicare's growth rate will not eclipse a certain threshold, the program will be spared from potential Medicare cuts called for in the healthcare reform law, a top government official said.

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator

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Marilyn Tavenner has become the first confirmed head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in seven years. Advocates in the long-term care sector welcomed the news.

Hoping for some 'observation stay' sanity

Hoping for some 'observation stay' sanity

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It was welcome news Tuesday to learn that the confirmation hearing for the person who could officially wind up holding the purse strings for most nursing home payments was civil. Even better was the nominee saying she would look into the ridiculous state of affairs concerning hospital observation stays.

Tavenner confirmation hearing set for next Tuesday

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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Marilyn Tavenner, currently the acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on Tuesday, April 9.

'Targeted' EHR upcoding audits on the way

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will undertake targeted audits focused on upcoding in electronic health records, according to Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

AHCA, Alliance, support Obama's renomination of Tavenner as head of CMS

AHCA, Alliance, support Obama's renomination of Tavenner as head of CMS

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Marilyn Tavenner, the acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has been renominated by President Barack Obama to permanently fill the position.

CMS is two weeks late issuing report on fraud prevention efforts

CMS is two weeks late issuing report on fraud prevention efforts

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Two Republican Senators want to know why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is two weeks overdue in issuing a report on the agency's fraud prevention system (FPS).

Senators demand more data on Medicare fraud prevention efforts

Senators demand more data on Medicare fraud prevention efforts

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A multimillion dollar Medicare fraud-fighting command center unveiled by the federal government a week ago is already drawing fire from two Republican lawmakers.

Need for cognitive assessments missing from home- and community-based Medicaid regulations, group says

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Regulations issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concerning Medicaid coverage for home- and community-based services has been too vague for Alzheimer's advocates.

States not given Medicaid expansion deadline, Tavenner says

States not given Medicaid expansion deadline, Tavenner says

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In response to a flurry of questions from state governors, the Obama Administration announced it is not imposing a deadline for states to decide whether to implement the healthcare law's Medicaid expansion.

States get enhanced Medicaid funding for home- and community-based services

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced enhanced Medicaid funding to states looking to provide more community-based services to elderly and disabled individuals.

Obama pushes for Tavenner confirmation hearing

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The Obama Administration is pushing the Senate Democrats to hold a confirmation hearing for Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to news reports.

Final rule reduces regulatory burden for long-term care facilities

Final rule reduces regulatory burden for long-term care facilities

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A new rule eases the regulatory burden on providers serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and has the potential to save the healthcare system $100 million in the first year.

CMS announces expansion of psychiatric services for seniors

CMS announces expansion of psychiatric services for seniors

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is launching two new initiatives that may improve mental health services for seniors and nursing home residents.

Providers face deadline for reporting overpayments; ICD-10 implementation deadline to be extended

Providers face deadline for reporting overpayments; ICD-10 implementation deadline to be extended

Healthcare providers must report self-identified Medicare overpayments within 60 days of noticing the incorrect payment or face monetary penalties, according to a new regulation.

HHS: New electronic claims regulation could save providers time, money

HHS: New electronic claims regulation could save providers time, money

The Department of Health and Human Services announced new standards Thursday that it said would streamline the electronic health claims process and save providers and government health plans $4.5 billion in administrative costs.

Nursing home provider groups hail Tavenner's appointment

Nursing home provider groups hail Tavenner's appointment

Nursing home groups have shown strong support for the appointment of Marilyn Tavenner to replace Donald Berwick, M.D. as administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Feds hint that looming ACO regs could take more expansive approach

Federal officials are hinting that accountable care organization testing models may have a broader scope than previous reports have indicated. The imminent regulations could be out within a week.

Regulations for Accountable Care Organizations due by the end of next week, federal official says

A top deputy at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Tuesday that the agency hopes to issue draft regulations concerning accountable care organizations by the end of the month.

Tavenner named acting administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during Berwick confirmation process

Tavenner named acting administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during Berwick confirmation process

Marilyn Tavenner will serve as acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services while Donald Berwick undergoes Senate confirmation proceedings, according to a report from the Bureau of National Affairs.

CMS plans to reorganize, establishing new positions, offices

CMS plans to reorganize, establishing new positions, offices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing some major structural changes, according to an internal agency e-mail recently obtained by the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care.