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Healthcare stakeholders mixed on MACRA rule's MU implications

Stakeholders throughout the healthcare industry shared mixed feelings on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services attempt to overhaul the Meaningful Use program for doctors via proposed rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 unveiled Wednesday.

CMS' Andy Slavitt: New payment systems should provide relief to docs

Speaking at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston this week, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, acknowledged that regulators have over-burdened physicians but was hopeful new value-based payment systems being developed will better align payments with clinical practice, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.

States take action to ban payers from gender identity discrimination

Insurance companies in Hawaii and Pennsylvania may no longer discriminate against transgendered people when approving coverage for certain medical procedures.

7 emergency procedures account for 80% of deaths, costs

The costs of emergency surgery are soaring, but research published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery found that just seven procedures accounted for 80 percent of admissions, inpatient costs, complications and deaths.

MACRA proposed rule: What it means for Medicare Advantage

Medicare's newly proposed physician payment overhaul includes clues that federal health officials want to credit participation in Medicare Advantage plans toward alternative payment models.  

Mixed reaction to proposed MACRA rule

Industry reaction to the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was mixed.

CMS adds flexibility, reduces quality reporting burden in MACRA rule proposal

In a conference call announcing its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasized its desire to work in partnership with physicians in order to craft a flexible payment model that promotes quality care without placing undue burdens on practices or practitioners.

CMS unveils MACRA proposal; 'Advancing Care Information' to replace MU for Medicare EPs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, as it pertains to the use of electronic health records, varies considerably from physicians' requirements in the Medicare Meaningful Use program, allowing for streamlined reporting, reduced burdens and more flexibility.

CMS releases MACRA rule proposal

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a proposed rule tackling the initial implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Medicaid managed care rule: Health plans, state directors cautiously optimistic

Medicaid directors and health plans have mixed feelings about the newly finalized federal regulations for Medicaid managed care plans.