Ron Wyden

ICD-10 transition going better than expected for healthcare operators

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Despite two delays and a host of costly implementation issues over the past year, most healthcare providers will likely make a successful transition to the 10th round of ICD codes, a General Accountability Office report has concluded.

AHCA: Managed care transparency needed

AHCA: Managed care transparency needed

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The government should collect and release more claims information from managed care plans, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in a recent letter to Senate leaders.

Increase managed care transparency, long-term care providers urge Senators

Increase managed care transparency, long-term care providers urge Senators

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The government should collect and release more claims information from managed care plans, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in a recent letter to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee.

Medicare to cover hospice and curative care simultaneously in new demonstration program

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Medicare will reimburse both hospices furnishing palliative care and providers offering curative services under a new demonstration program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.

Bipartisan bill proposes new provider networks to serve chronically ill seniors

Bipartisan bill proposes new provider networks to serve chronically ill seniors

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Skilled nursing and rehabilitation providers would be able to join networks dedicated to treating chronically ill Medicare patients, under a new bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday in both houses of Congress. The "Better Care, Lower Cost Act" seeks to establish the Better Care Program, which would enable healthcare providers to form networks similar to accountable care organizations, but with a special focus on coordinating care for those with chronic conditions.

Lines blur on long-term care for vets, non-vets

Lines blur on long-term care for vets, non-vets

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Flags are flown at half-mast only until noon on Memorial Day. I'm guessing this is common knowledge that somehow escaped me until this year. There's some nice symbolism here. First, the flag is flown at half-mast in tribute to fallen soldiers. It's then raised as sign of the continuing life of the nation, and a reminder to honor the fallen by acting honorably.

Palliative care legislation proposes $44 million in education fellowships for nurses

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Recently introduced bills in the House and Senate seek to strengthen palliative and hospice care by expanding education programs and providing fellowships for healthcare professionals to train in these areas.

GOP senators float 'premium support' Medicare overhaul

GOP senators float 'premium support' Medicare overhaul

A new Medicare overhaul proposed by two Republican senators on Thursday would save an estimated $200 billion to $500 billion over 10 years by way of "premium support."

Bipartisan bill would let states decide for themselves whether to enact healthcare reform

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) unveiled a healthcare reform bill last week that would serve as an alternative to Republicans' strategy to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.