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CMS finalizes Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System changes for 2019 (CMS-1695-FC)

On November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes that removes unnecessary and inefficient payment differences between certain provider and supplier types so patients can have more affordable choices and options. The final rule with comment period updates and revises policies under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.
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CMS Finalizes Rule that Encourages More Choices and Lower Costs for Seniors

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that strengthens the Medicare program by providing seniors more choices and lower cost options in making the best decisions on their care. The policies adopted in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule with comment period will help lay the foundation for a patient-driven healthcare system.
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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 Administrator Seema Verma about Burden Reduction Proposed Rule

Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma about the Burden Reduction Proposed Rule (As prepared for delivery – September 17, 2018)
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Speech: Medicare Remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Commonwealth Club of California

I’d like to talk to you about things on which we all agree, like the future of our healthcare system, and Medicare. And if we have time we can touch quickly on world peace before we all leave.
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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program would streamline clinician billing and expand access to high-quality care.
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Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2019

On July 12, 2018, CMS issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update 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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The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive Demonstration

CMS is announcing the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. The MAQI Demonstration will be tested under the authority of Section 402 of the Social Security Amendments of 1967 (as amended).
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CMS Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System to strengthen and modernize Medicare, drive value, and focus on individual patient needs rather than volume of care.
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