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The Roundup: The 10 most popular healthcare stories from last week

The Roundup: The 10 most popular healthcare stories from last week

By Project Japan  |  July 09, 2018

Last week's most popular healthcare stories were packed with policy news. The CMS worked through the Fourth of July week, making changes to several payment programs. Meanwhile, other providers are amping up the push for value-based care, and the Trump administration slashed another ACA program.

CMS to simplify Medicare plan selection

CMS to simplify Medicare plan selection

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 09, 2018

At the urging of patient advocates, the CMS will tweak its Medicare plan finder tool to make it easier for consumers to find the best coverage options. The announcement follows a report slamming parts of the navigation process.

Verma draws the line on Medicaid limits, ACO risk contracts

Verma draws the line on Medicaid limits, ACO risk contracts

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 07, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma told hospital executives that she will reject Kansas' request to impose lifetime limits on Medicaid coverage. She also came out against allowing ACOs to continue avoiding downside risk.

CMS will cover DNA sequencing for Medicare cancer patients

CMS will cover DNA sequencing for Medicare cancer patients

By Maria Castellucci  |  March 16, 2018

The CMS will now cover diagnostic laboratory tests using gene sequencing technology for Medicare cancer patients. The agency said the tests can help patients and their oncologists make better treatment decisions.

CMS nixes Idaho's ACA workaround but encourages short-term plans

CMS nixes Idaho's ACA workaround but encourages short-term plans

By Harris Meyer and Susannah Luthi  |  March 08, 2018

Health insurance groups were guardedly relieved by the CMS' decision to block Idaho's move to allow noncompliant plans, as they feared other GOP-led states similarly would seek to unravel the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections.

Project Japan organizations praise CMS' overhaul of EHR incentive programs

Project Japan organizations praise CMS' overhaul of EHR incentive programs

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  March 08, 2018

After CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced plans to overhaul the federal electronic health record incentive programs, healthcare organizations are wondering how those plans will unfold and whether they'll meet the stated goal of boosting interoperability.

Verma's promise to rural providers: You come first

Verma's promise to rural providers: You come first

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 06, 2018

In an address to rural healthcare stakeholders, CMS Administrator Seema Verma promised more telehealth expansion, more information for patients and a "rural first" lens to policy.

5 things to know about reshaping Medicaid

5 things to know about reshaping Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 11, 2017

CMS​ Administrator​ Seema​ Verma​ last​ week​ left​ no​ doubt: she wants to give states the keys to their Medicaid programs. But​ change​ won't​ come​ easily.

State Medicaid directors hoping to get some clarity

State Medicaid directors hoping to get some clarity

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 04, 2017

Medicaid directors from around the country are eagerly waiting to hear CMS Administrator Seema Verma speak about her agency's willingness to give them more flexibility in how their programs are run.

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