Posts tagged Healthcare Organizations
Stakeholders Provide Feedback to Changes in CMS Hospital Star Ratings

On August 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plans to change the controversial methodology used for its hospital star ratings on Hospital Compare. However, changes won’t occur until 2021. At that time, CMS will “refresh” the star ratings on Hospital Compare using current methodology in order to ensure that patients continue to have timely access to the most up-to-date hospital quality information. The press release about this change highlights the initiative as a major step forward in delivering on President Trump’s recent Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First, which seeks “to enhance the ability of patients to choose the healthcare that is best for them.”

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CMS Releases State Guidance for Medicaid Implementation of SUPPORT Act

States must amend their State Plan and receive CMS approval of the application for implementation of these DUR requirements. State Plan amendments must be submitted no later than December 31, 2019 with an October 1, 2019 start date. Amendments must include sufficient detail describing how the state either currently supports or is implementing and providing oversight for each of the four new requirements under the SUPPORT Act. 

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FCC Seeks Comment on $100M Connected Care Pilot Program Approved in Support of Expanding Telehealth Adoption

This article summarizes some of the key programmatic elements that health care providers, associations, and other stakeholders are being asked to provide comment on by the FCC. While this targeted Pilot may not align with the population that a provider or organization typically serves, it is important for all stakeholders to understand that how the FCC defines terms and programmatic policy may impact how other Federal agencies, and potentially states, develop programs and policies related to telemedicine and telehealth. A consistent and integrated approach to state and federal law and policy that benefits all parties will ultimately reduce administrative burden, improve adoption, and increase efficiencies across all telehealth programs.

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