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.
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.
Federal authorities have granted New Hampshire approval to impose work requirements for certain adult Medicaid recipients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The individual mandate to buy health insurance is out. Unpaid community service for unemployed workers who sign up for Medicaid is in.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) believes that CMS Administrator Seema Verma may have broken her conflict of interest agreements by weighing in on several Medicaid waivers. Public records indicate she may not have done anything wrong.
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.
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.