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May 5: CMS feels the heat to change Medicare Part B drug pay plan

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

The pressure is on for the CMS to transform or even drop its recently proposed plan to change the way it pays hospitals and doctors for outpatient drugs covered by Medicare Part B.rn

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May 5: Medicare’s New Physician Payment System Overview

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

MACRA, now law replacing the SGR, has the potential to transform how Medicare pays physicians according to this Health Affairs brief.

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May 5: Physician payment in Medicare is changing: Three highlights in the MACRA proposed rule that providers need to know

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

The passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) just over a year ago signaled a strong and unique bipartisan agreement to move towards value-based care, but until recently, many of the details surrounding how it would be implemented remained unknown. But last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) released roughly 1,000 pages that shed more light on how physician payment will hopefully dramatically change for the better.

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May 5: When New Medicare Payment Systems Collide

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

Since 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced more than a dozen new Medicare payment models. Most of them emanate from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), whose strategy is to launch various initiatives, evaluate them rapidly, and expand those that reduce spending without harming quality of care.1

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May 5: Breakdown of the MACRA Proposed Final Rule

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began the process of implementing the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by releasing its proposed final rule.

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May 5: Health Insurers Shift More Costs To Taxpayers In Obamacare Exchanges

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

America’s health insurers are undergoing a crisis of consensus with respect to their engagement with Obamacare.

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May 5: Humana Says Obamacare 'Product Exits' Coming For 2017

Created on: Thursday, May 05, 2016

Humana said it’s in the process of making several changes to turn the individual health insurance coverage it offers under the Affordable Care Act profitable, including leaving certain states.

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May 4: Proposed Medicare changes sacrifices cancer patients for cost savings

Created on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently proposed a major change to the way Medicare pays for advanced cancer medicines. Unfortunately, the changes threaten cancer patients' access to lifesaving care.

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May 4: Aimed Alliance Says Medicare Part B Demo Discriminates Against Patients with Cancer in Violation of Affordable Care Act

Created on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine ("Aimed Alliance"), a not-for-profit organization seeking to improve healthcare in the U.S., called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today to scrap a proposed program that would test a new way of paying for Medicare Part B prescription medications.

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May 4: A Controversial New Demonstration In Medicare: Potential Implications For Physician-Administered Drugs

Created on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

According to an August 2015 survey, 72 percent of Americans find drug costs unreasonable, with 83 percent believing that the federal government should be able to negotiate prices for Medicare. Recently, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Andy Slavitt commented that spending on medicines increased 13 percent in 2014 while health care spending growth overall was only 5 percent, the highest rate of drug spending growth since 2001.

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