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CMS: 257,000 docs will receive Meaningful Use penalties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed Wednesday that roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meanin gful Use  by Oct. 1, 2014.

CMS invites states to change ACA benchmark plans for 2017

The federal government is letting states choose a different essential health benefits benchmark plan for 2017, and this news may re-ignite public debate about what types of services health insurance should cover in plans sold pursuant to the Affordable Care Act,  LifeHealthPRO  reported.

Readmission penalties reach record high

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services levied a record number of fines against hospitals for excessive readmissions, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis of federal records released this week.

Some states want more authority over Medicare Advantage

Some state officials want more regulatory authority over Medicare Advantage plans. Right now, state regulators can't impose sanctions on Medicare Advantage plans; only the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has that power.

Groups seek greater CMS transparency, better data standards

In response to lawmakers' call for comments on healthcare data transparency, three industry organizations sent letters asking that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services release more data--and in a more useable form.

Former CMS head talks accountable care ROI

Both payers and providers can reap financial returns from ACO efforts, former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator and current Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., told AAFP News.

Development problems continue for exchanges

There appears to be no evidence that the vendors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have written the code to fix the  faulty back-end systems that deal with paying subsidies and billing qualified health plan enrollees.

CMS innovation awards look to bolster patient monitoring, health exchange

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its second batch of recipients in round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards program, bringing the total to $360 million handed out for organizations to test innovative care models.

CMS wants more authority to recover Medicare Advantage overpayments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to establish a formal process that allows it to use a payment offset system to handle disputes with Medicare Advantage insurers about potential payment errors.

CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule late Wednesday. The rule is set to be published in the  Federal Register  on July 11.