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Obama administration races to make Medicare changes as healthcare industry objects

Obama administration races to make Medicare changes as healthcare industry objects

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As the clock clicks down on President Barack Obama's days in office, the administration remains focused on adjusting Medicare reimbursements, much to the annoyance of healthcare providers.

Lawmakers recommend $10M advisory panel to improve health data interoperability

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Lawmakers have proposed changes that would significantly alter the way sensitive health data is prepared, managed and exchanged.

White House creates new national strategy on antibiotics

White House creates new national strategy on antibiotics

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The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to direct the federal government to "reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to help ensure the continued availability of effective treatments for bacterial infections."

The impact of the employer mandate delay

The impact of the employer mandate delay

October has proven to be a big month for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the launch of the public exchanges and the political maneuverings in Washington. Although many in the healthcare industry welcomed the delay of ACA's employer mandate, it's important to understand how decisions your organization makes in 2014 will impact 2015.

The impact on overtime pay in home care

The impact on overtime pay in home care

The final ruling on the Federal Companionship Exemption took place recently as a result of a new proposal by the Obama administration. On the surface, the issue appears to be the eligibility of in-home caregivers to receive fair wages and overtime pay. Up until now, daily live-in senior care has been exempt from overtime pay under the companionship exemption within the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Proposed repeal could change live-in care

Proposed repeal could change live-in care

In-home senior care franchise owners are anticipating huge changes in early May due to Obama's Affordable Care Act. One of the biggest issues at hand is the repeal of the companion exemption.

U.S. health chief says government will not fund partial Medicaid expansions

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Answering the question on the minds of many state policymakers, the Obama administration said Monday it will not provide full federal funding for states that go only part of the way on expanding Medicaid.

Administration proposal would ease Medicare coverage for SNF stays

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Federal health officials have agreed to changes in Medicare coverage rules that would make it easier for beneficiaries with chronic conditions to qualify for nursing home stays, outpatient therapy and home healthcare services, according to reports.

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.

Catholic institutions challenge contraception mandate in court

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More than 40 U.S. Catholic institutions have filed 12 lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers cover contraceptive services in their health plans.

Alzheimer's research, resources for caregivers get federal funding

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Federal officials revealed more specifics on the Obama administration's Alzheimer's initiative, including details of two new clinical trials.

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.

House and Senate introduce resolutions for Alzheimer's treatment

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A bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers introduced a resolution Tuesday in support of the Obama administration's goal of finding a treatment for Alzheimer's by 2025.

Obama administration boosts Alzheimer's research with $50 million in funding

The Obama administration has said it will devote $50 million to fund Alzheimer's research this year, and an additional $80 million in 2013.

Report: Correcting Medicare Advantage overpayments could save billions

Correcting overpayments in the Medicare Advantage program could save the federal government billions of dollars, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Alzheimer's experts to finalize Obama administration taskforce plan

A panel of Alzheimer's experts is kicking off a two-day meeting in Washington today to formalize an Obama administration goal of developing effective ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's by 2025.

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

According to The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the ACA tackles the issue of costly hospital readmissions by focusing on hospitals, but ignores skilled nursing facilities. The Alliance has therefore proposed an interim solution based on proposals the Obama administration has offered the "super committee."

Government saved $17.6 billion in 2011 due to fraud prevention programs

Government saved $17.6 billion in 2011 due to fraud prevention programs

A government crackdown on improper payments in federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, cut wasteful payments by $17.6 billion in 2011, the Office of Management and Budget reported Tuesday. The administration's Campaign to Cut Waste saved $7 billion in Medicare fee-for-service payment errors between 2010 and 2011, according to the OMB.

Obama's deficit reduction plan would pump up payment board, reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending

President Obama's proposed $3 trillion new deficit-reduction plan would reduce Medicare spending by $248 billion and Medicaid spending by $72 billion over 10 years. Administration officials say that most of the savings would be achieved by reducing Medicare overpayments to doctors and other healthcare providers.

Top Democrats opposed to Obama administration position on Medicaid lawsuits

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have parted ways with the Obama administration regarding the rights of Medicaid beneficiaries to sue their states over discontinuation of benefits and access to care.

Federal appeals court upholds Affordable Care Act challenge

Federal appeals court upholds Affordable Care Act challenge

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Wednesday. The circuit court affirmed a Michigan federal judge's previous ruling that Congress can mandate Americans to purchase health insurance.

Nursing home programs authorized by reform law likely to go unfunded

Nursing home programs authorized by reform law likely to go unfunded

An initiative to monitor for-profit nursing home chains and another to increase implementation of electronic health records in nursing homes were both included under the Affordable Care Act. But given the current federal deficit debate, these and other healthcare proposals might remain unfunded, officials say.

Administration doesn't support lawsuits against states over Medicaid cuts

Administration doesn't support lawsuits against states over Medicaid cuts

The Obama administration has said healthcare providers and Medicaid recipients cannot sue state officials over Medicaid reimbursement cuts, according to a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief filed by acting solicitor general Neal K. Katyal.

Obama Medicaid rule would discourage provider reimbursement cuts

The Obama administration has proposed a rule that would make it harder for states to reduce Medicaid payments to nursing homes, doctors and hospitals. The rule would help federal and state officials implement the broad expansion of Medicaid in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act takes effect, The New York Times reports.

Government vows crackdown on illegal workers

Government vows crackdown on illegal workers

The administration is toughening its stance on companies that hire illegal workers with the creation of a new audit office. This extra office will allow government specialists to review hiring forms from bigger companies with more employees.