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CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC final rule

By AHS News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically, CMS will pay … Continue reading CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC final rule

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U.S. National: Opioid-Related Hospital Use

By AHRQ

This Fast Stats update adds 2015 inpatient data for 19 States, 2015 emergency department (ED) data for 12 States, 2016 inpatient data for 15 States, and 2017 inpatient data for 7 States.

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FY2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS

By CMS

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, and Request for Information CMS-1677-P On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients … Continue reading FY2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS

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Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates

By Stephen Petterson, PhD; Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH; Yalda Jabbarpour, MD; Peter Wingrove, BS

Greater use of Medicare Advantage (MA) over traditional fee-for-service Medicare (TM) in certain populations, and even across small areas, has been associated with fewer overall hospitalizations and avoidable hospitalizations. Proponents suggest that these associations stem from successful care management, and a focus on preventive services and primary care among MA users. Detractors intimate that selection … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of Medicare Advantage on Hospitalization Rates

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