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CMS PROPOSES TO EXPAND ACCESS TO SEASONAL INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed new requirements for Medicare-certified providers that are designed to expand access to seasonal influenza vaccination.
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CMS PROPOSES POLICY CHANGES AND PAYMENT UPDATES FOR DIALYSIS FACILITIES IN 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payment rates for 5,304 dialysis facilities paid under a new bundled Prospective Payment System (PPS) that was implemented in calendar year (CY) 2011.
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CMS PROPOSES POLICY, PAYMENT RATE CHANGES FOR SERVICES IN HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS AND

Hospitals would be able to bill Medicare for pulmonary and intensive cardiac rehabilitation services furnished in outpatient departments beginning January 1, 2010 under a proposed rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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MEDICARE LAUNCHES MISSISSIPPI HEALTH FIRST COLLABORATIVE FOR DIABETES CARE IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS

A statewide effort to improve care for patients with diabetes across Mississippi, particularly for patients considered to be “medically underserved ,” is being announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  The initiative is called the Mississippi Health First Collaborative.
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MEDICARE ISSUES PROPOSED COVERAGE DECISION ON ERYTHROPOESIS STIMULATING AGENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today its proposed decision to limit coverage of erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) treatment for beneficiaries with certain cancers and related neoplastic conditions, either because of a deleterious effect of the ESA on the beneficiaries’ underlying disease or because the underlying disease increases their risk of adverse effects related to ESA use.
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MEDICARE ANNOUNCES EXPANDED COVERAGE OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANGIOGRAPHY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced it intends to expand diagnostic options for certain Medicare beneficiaries by making Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) available to patients with abdominal and pelvic vascular disease under certain clinical circumstances.
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MEDICARE PROPOSES 2004 PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE CHANGES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a proposed rule that will update payment rates under the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2004, as well as revise a number of other policies affecting Medicare Part B payments under the fee schedule.
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CMS SELECTS THREE ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN MEDICARE PROJECT TO HELP BENEFICIARIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it has selected three organizations to participate in a pilot project aimed at improving care for chronically ill Medicare patients who suffer from heart problems and diabetes through better disease management.
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CMS ANNOUNCES PROPOSED PAYMENT UPDATE AND POLICY CHANGES FOR MEDICARE PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects to pay approximately $56.5 billion to 875,000 physicians and other health care professionals in 2006, according to a proposed rule released today that would update payment rates and revise payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
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MEDICARE ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGY FOR ANEMIA MANAGEMENT FOR DIALYSIS PATIENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a national strategy for monitoring claims for the drugs epoetin alfa (Epogen®) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp®) for anemia management in patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and who are dialyzed in renal facilities.
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