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ACMA Urges CMS to Eliminate Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement


Posted on: 9/4/2014

On Tuesday, ACMA submitted a letter to CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, requesting that agency eliminate the home health face-to-face encounter documentation requirement mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... View Full Posting

CMS Issues FY 2015 IPPS Final Rule


Posted on: 8/5/2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late yesterday issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2015... View Full Posting

Caring for an Aging Population: Future Challenges to Case Managers


Posted on: 7/22/2014

Based on the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ report, “A Profile of Older Americans,” (2010) in 2010 individuals aged 65 or older-numbered 40.4 million, which represents 13.1% of the population in the United States... View Full Posting

CMS Proposed Rule Would Eliminate Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement


Posted on: 7/1/2014

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule would updating the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates... View Full Posting

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approves HHS spending bill


Posted on: 6/18/2014

On June 10, a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved the FY 2015 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. The spending bill provides $156.77 billion in discretionary funding, the same amount as the FY 2014 level... View Full Posting

ACMA Shares Observation Concerns and Recommendations with House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee


Posted on: 6/10/2014

On Tuesday, June 3, ACMA submitted a letter to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee outlining concerns and recommendations related to observation services for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of its May 20, 2014, hearing... View Full Posting

Study reports adding socioeconomic data to standardized measures has big effect on calculated readmission rates


Posted on: 6/3/2014

A recent study published by Health Affairs found that more meaningful comparisons can be made when socioeconomic data is added to standardized readmission measures... View Full Posting

Report shows hospitals are improving care faster than other settings


Posted on: 5/27/2014

The 2013 National Healthcare Quality Report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows that hospital quality improvements are surpassing those of home health, nursing home care and ambulatory settings... View Full Posting

CMS Releases Finalized Standards for 2015 Marketplace


Posted on: 5/20/2014

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the 2015 standards for all Affordable Care Act (ACA) entities... View Full Posting

Forbes Opinion Piece: "RACs Are Reckless Bounty Hunters"


Posted on: 5/12/2014

A recent Forbes opinion piece condemns the high volume of denials by recovery audit contractors (RACs)... View Full Posting