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Home Care Leaders to CMS: Bidding Program ‘Profoundly Flawed’

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is pushing a “profoundly flawed” system through its proposed changes to the durable medical equipment orthotics, prosthetics and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program, the American Association for Homecare writes in a recent letter to the agency. CMS’ proposed rule seeks to use single payment amounts (SPAs) from […]

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Home Health Leaders: MedPAC’s Call For Cuts Will Kill Medicare Benefits

Home health care leaders are again vying for Medicare beneficiaries and industry workers, following suggestions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) further cut funding and keep the “burdensome” face-to-face narrative requirement. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare expressed disappointment in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) letter to CMS, which called for […]

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Medicaid Readmissions Cost $77 Million Per State

In the health care industry’s quest to lower avoidable hospital readmission rates, recent findings by state Medicaid Medical Directors (MMD) now highlight the high costs — and prevalence — of Medicaid readmissions. The 30-day Medicaid readmissions rates for 19 participating states varied, but accounted for an average of 9.4% of all admissions, according to MMD […]

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CMS Final Rule Gives Healthcare Providers Flexibility in EHR Use

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule Friday that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use guidelines for the EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced. Under the final rule, which left a previous proposal in May […]

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Minnesota Home Health Workers Approve Union in Historic Election

In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, thousands of home care workers across the state voted to create their own union, according to several reports. The final tally was 3,543 in favor of a union and 2,306 opposed, according to data released Tuesday by the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services. With the […]

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