As more democrats are jumping on board the Medicare-for-all train, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R–WI) slammed the idea, arguing that his colleagues across the aisle have “gone off the rails,” The Hill reported.
CMS is increasing its oversight when it comes to accrediting organizations that survey Medicare certified healthcare providers, following a 2017 Wall Street Journal investigation that revealed accreditations were still given to facilities with ongoing patient care problems.
When CMS proposed several changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program in July, it was under the guise that the agency was knocking off burdensome documentation requirements for physicians. However, the agency’s own proposal states documentation time won’t actually be reduced by much—but the changes will likely come with a payment rate cut.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not violate certain legal provisions when it reduced public outreach to alert people to healthcare enrollment periods and put out social media posts that blasted Obamacare, according to the Government Accountability Office.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma went to bat for Medicaid work requirement programs, which have been implemented or approved in a handful of states, even as thousands of beneficiaries are on course to lose healthcare coverage as a result of these rules.
Medicare patients who receive hospital outpatient care are more likely to be poorer and have more severe chronic conditions compared to those treated in an independent physician office, according to a study commissioned by the American Hospital Association.
CVS Health will allow self-funded insurers to exclude some drugs from coverage if the cost is too high. The policy has been met with criticism from the pharmaceutical industry, which argues CVS is dividing treatment at arbitrary values.