Medicare Payments

Medicare rates could be adjusted for start and end of hospice care episodes, CMS report suggests

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Medicare payments could be adjusted to reflect how hospice services tend to be more intensive at the beginning and end, according to findings recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Information Products & Data Analytics.

CMS finalizes Medicare rate updates, quality measure changes for hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finalized 2014 Medicare rate updates for hospices and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and also laid out quality metrics. Hospices will receive a Medicare payment rate increase of 1.7%, which represents about $160 million in additional payments for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, according to the rule published in today's Federal Register.

Fix flaws before changing nursing home pay: AHCA says

Fix flaws before changing nursing home pay: AHCA says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should consider a higher market basket update for nursing homes due to improper calculations that could be costing providers, the American Health Care Association maintains.

Medicare payment reforms need to be based on more than geography, IOM says

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States should allow a broader scope of practice among healthcare providers to improve access to care, rather than have the federal government base Medicare payment adjustments around geographic locations, an Institute of Medicine analysis says.