On April 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would update Medicare payment policies for Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF). Two days later, on April 19, CMS issued another proposed rule, this one updates the Medicare payment rates and the quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Let’s start…

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It’s been about a year since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved payment for voluntary end-of-life counseling as part of its 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule. A recent article in Modern Healthcare suggests that many physicians are using the codes to have important end-of-life planning conversations with patients. The codes (99497 and…

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that will update Medicare payment and policies for doctors and other healthcare providers that the agency says “reflect a broader strategy to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; support the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery…

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Home health agencies have six months to comply with sweeping new changes that will impact their ability to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Earlier this month, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, released its final rules relating to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies must meet to participate in the…

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