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CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program Results for Fiscal Year 2019

The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program adjusts what Medicare pays hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) based on the quality of inpatient care the hospitals provide to patients.
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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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Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1694-F)

On August 2, 2018, CMS issued a final rule to help empower patients through better access to hospital price information, improve the use of electronic health records, and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients.
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CMS proposes Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System changes for 2019 (CMS-1695-P)

On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes that would encourage site-neutral payment between sites of services and make healthcare prices more transparent for patients so that they can be more informed about out-of-pocket costs.
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Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs

Data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show continued progress in improving patient safety, a signal that initiatives led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are helping to make care safer.
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CMS Patient Safety Efforts and the AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions

In working toward a healthcare system that brings down costs and improves the quality of patient care, CMS supports multiple programs and initiatives focused on making care safer. Among them are the Quality Improvement Network - Quality Improvement Organizations, activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, and the ESRD Network Program.
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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 Drives Patient-Centered Care over Paperwork in Proposals to Modernize Medicareand Reduce Burden

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed transformative changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range of medical facilities. The agency’s proposed payment rules also set out to continue to modernize Medicare through innovation in skilled nursing facility payment.
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IPF Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare Payment and Quality Reporting Updates for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Proposed Rule (CMS 1690-P)

On April 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a rule proposing updates for fiscal year 2019 to Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and the IPF Quality Reporting Program.
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