NAHC Urges Permanent Medicare Flexibilities  for Use of Technology in Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish permanent flexibilities allowing hospices to utilize telecommunications to deliver multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care, and to ensure that such services can be recorded and monitored for their impact on quality of care. In a letter to…

CMS Plans Complete Redesign of Compare Websites for Home Health, Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch a new Medicare Care Compare on Medicare.gov to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare tools, including those for home health and hospice, according to a blog post today from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The new Compare tool, which CMS plans to launch in…

CMS’ Verma Marks 2nd Anniversary of Patients over Paperwork Initiative with Listening Session

NAHC shares recommendations as part of stakeholder sessions On October 29, 2019, Administrator Seema Verma celebrated the second anniversary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) signature Patients Over Paperwork (PoP)  initiative by hosting an event that marked progress made to date with addresses by Verma, CMS staff and provider representatives.  In the…

CMS Pushes Effort to Curb Medicare Fraud

CMS wants stakeholder input on how best to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new five-part campaign to deter and punish waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program, CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a blog post earlier this week. “Medicare’s transformation…

CMS to Hold Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule Listening Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Administrator Seema Verma will hold a listening session on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET to discuss the recently-released Interoperability and Patient Access proposed rule. The target audience for this listening session includes all Medicare fee-for-service providers and industry-wide stakeholders. GO…

CMS Development of “Serious Illness” Care Model Continues to Advance

Medicare coverage addresses a wide variety of preventive, acute and rehabilitative health care needs and also offers a comprehensive means for serving patients with terminal illness through the hospice benefit.  However, gaps remain relative to effectively treating beneficiaries with serious chronic or advanced illness.  Many believe that the key to successfully treating these beneficiaries is…

CMS Chief: Prior Authorization Needed to Fight “Fraud and Abuse”

CMS Administrator Seema Verma complained that the federal government needs more legal authority to conduct Medicare prior authorization reviews she says work well in the private sector during a speech to the America’s Health Insurance Plans 2018 National Conference on Medicare on Tuesday, October 16. Interestingly, according to a report from Inside Health Policy, Barbara…

CMS Testifies to Congress on Fraud, Overpayment Fights

On Tuesday, August 21st, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing titled, Examining CMS’s Efforts to Fight Medicaid Fraud and Overpayments. Testifying before the committee was Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and Comptroller General of the United States, the Honorable Eugene Dodaro. In his opening remarks,…

Heightened CMS Medicaid Oversight Could Lead to Audits, Red Tape

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday, June 26, that it is moving forward with an initiative “to strengthen Medicaid program integrity,” with plans for stricter enforcement of federal rule compliance, tighter regulation of contracts between sates and private insurance, greater oversight of beneficiary eligibility, and a beefed-up audit system. Medicaid spending…

CMS Tells Providers to Use New Medicare Cards Immediately

As loyal NAHC Report readers know well by now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing a new Medicare Card in April, without Social Security Numbers. The cards, which were mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, will be mailed out to every Medicare beneficiary in the United…