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CMS makes first move to permanently incorporate telehealth into care

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06/30/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS is proposing to allow home health agencies to continue to report the costs of telehealth as allowable administrative costs on line 5 of the home health agency cost report, according to a proposed rule.

CMS bolsters efforts to reduce burdens

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06/24/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has created the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics to unify the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens.

CMS to update COVID-19 data monthly

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06/23/2020

WASHINGTON – Older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19, according to data released by CMS this week.

CMS downplays vent concerns

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10/24/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS says it has safeguards in place to protect beneficiary access to non-invasive ventilators during Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Ways and Means weighs in on proposed bid changes

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09/11/2018

WASHINGTON – The Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives has sent a letter to CMS asking the agency to provide broader relief from competitive bidding during an upcoming transition period.

CMS releases nat’l health expenditures for 2015

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12/06/2016

WASHINGTON – Per-capita healthcare spending grew by 5% and overall healthcare spending grew by 5.8% in 2015, according to a recent study by the Office of the Actuary at CMS.

CMS backs unique device identifiers

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07/15/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has endorsed the use of unique device identifiers in billing records for medical devices, according to the Wall Street Journal. The ID numbers have been advocated by lawmakers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for years, but never by Medicare.

Study: Growth in healthcare spending lower than average

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07/14/2016

WASHINGTON – Total healthcare spending growth is expected to average 5.8% annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published July 13 by Health Affairs and authored by CMS’s Office of

CMS proposes bid surety bonds

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06/28/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS is seeking to require providers to obtain bid surety bonds, according to a proposed rule.

CMS awards 586 contracts in latest round of bidding

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04/28/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS named the contract suppliers for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding at 5:02 p.m. on Thursday.

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