Political observers question the wisdom of Paul Ryan and other Republicans promising to restructure and cut Medicare and Medicaid heading into the 2018 election campaign.
Officials at the CMS say they are taking multiple steps to address accuracy issues on Hospice Compare and believe the site will be largely free of errors by early next year.
Either Dr. Salomon Melgen is one of the biggest Medicare swindlers ever, stealing more than $100 million from the federal healthcare program, or a penny-ante thief who walked off with $64,000.
Medicare is increasingly willing to pay primary-care physicians to manage complex patients using new billing codes and demonstration projects, which a new Urban Institute report says may narrow the pay gap between primary-care physicians and specialists.
An influential policy organization that advises Congress on Medicare issues has finalized a proposal to replace MIPS under MACRA. However, some commission members still question whether MIPS should be junked.
Demand for doctor and hospital services slightly waned in 2016 after intense demand the previous year as previously uninsured consumers got the care they needed thanks to expanded coverage under the ACA.
Centrus Premier Home Care Inc. allegedly billed Massachusetts' Medicaid program for services that were not eligible for reimbursement. It will pay $14 million to settle the allegations.
Citing the regulatory burden, the agency will not enforce a series of Obama-era policies that aimed to improve the quality of care and safety in nursing homes.
MedPAC heard contrasting messages from trade groups and hospitals about the impact of a controversial policy that requires doctors to sign off on certain procedures done by hospital staffers.
Prosecutors say a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey should get a 30-year sentence for a separate Medicare fraud scheme that they say stole more than $100 million from the federal government.
Providers, especially in rural areas, and smaller labs will have to determine if they can still afford to provide certain testing services.
Medicare cuts are still in play and industry insiders worry that they'll be used to offset spending in non-healthcare related areas, including defense.