Medicare

Basic information and updates on the federal program to provide health insurance to the elderly.
In Washington, the Senate returned last week and the House follows this week.
Tim Gens, who has provided the intellectual and compassionate foundation for MHA’s strategy and policy efforts for 23 years, announced he will leave the association, effective Dec. 31.
The House and Senate tax bills now moving to conference committee each contain provisions that are of concern to hospitals.
Providers participating in the Medicaid or Medicare program are facing new “Conditions of Participation”
Last Thursday CMS cancelled two mandatory bundled payment models – relating to hip fracture and cardiac care – that were scheduled to begin on January 1.
When CMS issued the final outpatient prospective payment system rule last week it etched into regulation what had only been proposed: significant Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospitals for pharmaceuticals.
When CMS issued the final outpatient prospective payment system rule last week it etched into regulation what had only been proposed: significant Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospitals for pharmaceuticals.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
HB2167 An Act to Improve Health Care Costs for Employers and Consumers
The much maligned “star” rating system, whereby CMS reduces the complex healthcare quality and patient satisfaction data on the Hospital Compare website to a rating of one-to-five stars, will continue.
Curahealth – the system with 12 long-term acute-care hospitals in Massachusetts, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania – has announced it will close the second of its three Bay State hospitals.
MHA, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, and New England QIN QIO have partnered to offer a webinar series on leveraging data reports to drive quality improvement.
On January 1, CMS began paying primary care physicians a monthly fee to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, even if there is no face-to-face exam.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: