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May 26: Bill that would equalize hospital, off-campus Medicare payments advances out of committee

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has passed the "Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act," a bill that, among other things, aims to provide financial relief to hospitals that were in the process of building off-campus outpatient centers in 2015 when reimbursement policy changed.rn

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May 26: Nationwide Medicare Drug Funding Cuts Decided By Unelected Bureaucrats

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Obama administration’s controversial proposed rule to push Medicare doctors and hospitals to prescribe lower-cost cancer and other types of drugs was decided upon by unelected bureaucrats making legislative decisions for America’s seniors.rn

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May 26: Understanding the CMS Proposed Rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) and Alternative Payment Model (APM’s)

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

After reviewing the Merit-based Payment System (MIPS) in detail, we now focus our attention on the alternative payment model (APM) track of the new Quality Payment Program. This stems from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently proposed rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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May 26: California Bill Would End Health Plan–Driven Clinical Pathways

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

National conversation has not shied away from debates regarding health care costs, drug spending, and patient access to care. As this is an election year, candidates are eager to weigh in on these complicated topics. But back in February—as Super Tuesday came and went, pharma executives testified before Congress, and the health insurance giants planned the details of their announced mergers—an assemblywoman from California’s 14th district was quietly making her mark on health care in the state with the introduction of Assembly Bill 2209.rn

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May 26: Most Americans Unwilling To Join Clinical Trials

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Clinical trials are crucial in the advancement of disease treatments. Results of a new survey, however, have showed that most Americans are not willing to participate in one.rn

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May 26: CMS wants 12% decrease in hospital readmissions by 2019

Created on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking to cut the number of 30-day hospital readmissions by 12% over the next three years under a hospital improvement plan announced Wednesday.rn

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Statement on Potential Delay of CMS Part B Experiment

Created on: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There is no delay to the CMS Part B experiment that we know of officially. The 2019 date simply refers to the statutory requirement that the final rule be filed by that time, not that CMS intends to delay it for 3 years. COA believes, for all the reasons stated in our letters and others from provider and patient organizations, that the rule should be withdrawn. We stand ready, as we have communicated to CMS, to work on meaningful oncology payment reform that ensures quality patient care.

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May 25: Inconvenient Truths About the Government’s Experiment on Cancer Care

Created on: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There is a raging debate going on in Washington about how the government pays for drugs used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, immunodeficiency diseases, and other serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, for patients, the debate has become political. When that happens, the “truth” has a way of becoming a mere inconvenience as patients, especially seniors, take a back seat to politics. We should all be scared of what is brewing.rn

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May 25: Bill Popular With Hospital Groups Advanced by Key House Committee

Created on: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday advanced a bipartisan bill containing a hodgepodge of provisions related to hospitals. While the bill is popular with industry groups and House members, it’s unclear how much momentum it has on the other side of Capitol Hill.

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May 25: Your Views: A reader shares thoughts on altering Medicare and Medicaid

Created on: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Former President Jimmy Carter announced to the world last summer that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. Just months later, after receiving a groundbreaking, personalized treatment known as immunotherapy, his cancer was in remission. As an oncologist in Iowa, this kind of story is why I decided to make treating cancer patients my life’s work.

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