Advanced Tissue Association News

Medicare "doc fix" signed into law

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

President Barack Obama signed the Medicare "doc fix" bill into law Thursday. He said the measure strengthens Medicare "because it starts encouraging payments based on quality, not the number of tests that are provided or the number of procedures that are applied but whether or not people actually start feeling better."

CMS proposes 90-day MU attestation period for 2 years

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

The CMS has proposed a rule that would shorten the attestation period for Medicaid and Medicare EHR meaningful use to 90 days instead of one year. According to the agency's proposal, the 90-day period will be applicable to all MU participants in 2015, while the shortened period will apply only to new participants in 2016. A yearlong EHR reporting period will apply to all providers beginning 2017, under the proposed rule.

CMS boosts Medicare Advantage payments

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Federal payments to Medicare Advantage plans will rise an average of 1.25% in 2016, based on an expected rise in health care spending, the CMS announced. The agency will also update its risk-scoring model.

OIG auditing payments under EHR incentive programs

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

The HHS' Office of Inspector General is auditing payments made under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR meaningful use incentive program to ensure funds are being properly used. Findings from two states involving Medicaid data are mixed. In Florida, Medicaid data involving 42 hospitals indicate incentive payment calculations were accurate under federal and state laws. However, the audit of data from Massachusetts uncovered incorrect payments from the state Medicaid program were given to 19 of 25 hospitals assessed.

Supreme Court rules against providers in Medicaid lawsuit

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Health care providers are incidental beneficiaries of Medicaid and have no right to sue for higher reimbursement rates, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling.

White House issues plan to reduce antibiotic resistance

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 01, 2015

The Obama administration released a plan developed by representatives from federal agencies to reduce antibiotic resistance, which the CDC says leads to 23,000 deaths each year. The plan sets goal markers over a five-year period, and calls for a 50% decrease in inappropriate use of antibiotics in outpatient settings and a 20% decrease for inpatient facilities.

Senate won't take up Medicare bill until mid-April

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Apr 01, 2015

The Senate will wait until after April 12 to take up a bill overhauling the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula. Reimbursements to physicians are set to be reduced April 1, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the delay in voting will not mean physicians will receive lower Medicare payments because of a lag in processing claims.

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