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Finalized Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2020

On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) effective on or after January 1, 2020.
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Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations Proposed Rule

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law (often called the “Stark Law”), which has not been significantly updated since it was enacted in 1989.
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Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Final Rule CMS-3346-F

On September 26, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took action at President Trump’s direction to “cut the red tape,” by reducing unnecessary burden for American’s healthcare providers allowing them to focus on their priority – patients.
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CMS’ Discharge Planning Rule Supports Interoperability and Patient Preferences

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that empowers patients to make informed decisions about their care as they are discharged from acute care into post-acute care (PAC), a process called “discharge planning.”
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Final Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2019

On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2019.
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Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Spring Conference

Welcome to CMS and thanks for joining us today, as we look ahead to 2019 for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. It’s a pleasure to be here with you and to provide an update on all that we have been doing to strengthen and improve these important programs for our nation’s seniors and the disabled.
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Speech: Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting

Good morning, and thank you for that kind introduction. I also want to thank the American Hospital Association for the invitation. For those of you that don’t know me, I spent the early days of my career at a public hospital.
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CMS proposes updates to the wage index and payment rates for the Medicare Hospice Benefit for FY 2019

On April 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule (CMS-1692-P) that would update fiscal year 2019 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries.
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Fiscal Year 2019 Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule (CMS-1688-P)

On April 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed changes on how Medicare pays inpatient rehabilitation facilities to make it easier for providers to spend more time with their patients, and improve the use of electronic health records.
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CMS Announces Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies for 2018

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1672-F) that updates the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies (HHAs) serving Medicare beneficiaries.
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