Senate Finance Committee

CMS announces Medicare appeals without administrative law judge hearings

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Long-term care providers will be able to appeal certain Medicare claims decisions without going through an administrative law judge hearing, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) announced Thursday.

Bill calls for pharma to compensate for 'doc fix' solution; would readjust dual-eligibles payment

Bill calls for pharma to compensate for 'doc fix' solution; would readjust dual-eligibles payment

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Senator Jay Rockefeller wants provider groups to support his Medicare Part D plan for a drug rebate bill that calls for money from pharmaceutical companies to replace funds lost from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) removal.

Freeze nursing home doctor pay for 10 years, replace Sustainable Growth Rate system, Senate Finance Committee told

Freeze nursing home doctor pay for 10 years, replace Sustainable Growth Rate system, Senate Finance Committee told

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Medicare rates for physician visits to nursing homes should be frozen for 10 years as the government replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate system, a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission official advised the Senate Finance Committee.

Make CMS audits less burdensome, providers urge lawmakers

Make CMS audits less burdensome, providers urge lawmakers

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take a variety of steps to make audits less burdensome, healthcare providers stated in white papers submitted to members of the Senate Finance Committee. The committee released a report Thursday, summarizing stakeholders' input and recommendations for improving the audit process.

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.

Senate will likely confirm Tavenner, Baucus says

Senate will likely confirm Tavenner, Baucus says

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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Marilyn Tavenner, the White House's nominee to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The committee's chairman, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), told the Bureau of National Affairs the hearing would take place "soon."

Medicaid directors propose reforms for fraud-detection programs

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State Medicaid directors outlined several different strategies for streamlining collaboration between Medicare and Medicaid antifraud efforts in a June 29 letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee.

Senators: Recovery audit contractors might be doubling up tasks; campaign against fraud gears up

Senators: Recovery audit contractors might be doubling up tasks; campaign against fraud gears up

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Members of the Senate Finance Committee say they are concerned that the functions completed by independent contractors — known as recovery audit contractors (RACs) and Zone Program Integrity Contractors (PICs) — often overlap.

Senate Finance Committee may question Berwick about healthcare reform

Senate Finance Committee may question Berwick about healthcare reform

Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, likely will field questions about healthcare reform when he testifies before the Senate Finance Committee next week.