Kill inpatient eligibility requirement for skilled care, former CMS chief Berwick says
Sep 04, 2013
The former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said the agency should scrap a rule requiring three days as a hospital inpatient to qualify for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing...
Are you ready for The Conversation?
Aug 23, 2012
There are few things I loathe more in the world than ice-breaking, “getting-to-know-you games.” The problem is, though, I’m exactly the kind of person who often needs an icebreaker to...
Experts push more bundled pay initiatives to curb healthcare spending
Aug 02, 2012
In a set of recommendations published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, authors of a new report urge the federal government to accelerate the adoption of fee-for-service alternatives...
Time to put data into your hospital relationships
James M. Berklan
Jun 27, 2012
Bundled payments mean that you can’t escape the numbers. Hospitals want the data on why you’re the best choice for post-acute care.
Former CMS boss says reforms underway, regardless of how Supreme Court rules
Jun 26, 2012
Even if the Supreme Court repeals the Affordable Care Act, its early reforms have already delivered promising benefits, according to former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald...
Obama pushes for Tavenner confirmation hearing
May 24, 2012
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.
Berwick decries Medicare and Medicaid fraud and waste in parting interview
Dec 06, 2011
On the heels of his departure from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, M.D., said he came to Washington with an agenda to eliminate waste from the system.
Nursing home provider groups hail Tavenner’s appointment
Nov 29, 2011
Nursing home groups have shown strong support for the appointment of Marilyn Tavenner to replace Donald Berwick, M.D. as administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Obama administration offers up $1 billion for hiring and training healthcare workers
Nov 15, 2011
The Obama administration announced Monday the availability of $1 billion in grants for innovative healthcare organizations and projects that can train and hire workers quickly.
CMS responds to state Medicaid directors’ calls for help
Nov 11, 2011
State Medicaid directors should refrain from making short-term cuts, and instead focus on long-term changes in partnership with the federal government, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...