Senate Finance Committee
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.
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 toldMay 15, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.