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CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles

CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions about...

The Opioid Crisis: Upcoming CMS Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate

The Opioid Crisis: Upcoming CMS Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate

Reminder: You are invited - CMS Town Hall Meeting The Opioid Epidemic: Approaches to Adolescents and Honored Elders ....highlighting the importance of collaboration among clinicians and community members to address the opioid crisis Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 -...

CMS Changes to OPPS and ASC Payment System Rule

CMS Changes to OPPS and ASC Payment System Rule

  On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes in the Calendar Year 2019 OPPS and ASC Payment System rule that would further advance the agency’s priority of creating a patient-centered healthcare system by greater price transparency, interoperability and significant burden...

CMS Town Hall Meeting: The Opioid Epidemic

CMS Town Hall Meeting: The Opioid Epidemic

You are invited - CMS Town Hall Meeting The Opioid Epidemic: Approaches to Adolescents and Honored Elders ....highlighting the importance of collaboration among clinicians and community members to address the opioid crisis Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 - 5:00 p.m....

In Case You Missed It …  Panel Discussion on E/M Coding Reform

In Case You Missed It … Panel Discussion on E/M Coding Reform

On July 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing...

A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network was asked, via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to share this information with healthcare providers and stakeholders throughout the region. Please share this important message with the providers at your...

CMS Announces Updates for Nursing Home Compare

CMS Announces Updates for Nursing Home Compare

Several updates to Nursing Home Compare are noted below: Long-Stay Hospitalization Quality Measure The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to focus on reducing hospitalizations to improve the health and safety of nursing home residents. Over the...

NEW Medicare Cards Mailed to Beneficiaries in Our Region (Wave 3)

NEW Medicare Cards Mailed to Beneficiaries in Our Region (Wave 3)

Last week, CMS announced it has begun mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in Wave 3 states, including the four states that comprise the Great Plains QIN region: Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. If Medicare beneficiaries say they did...

Rural Health Strategy Released by CMS

Rural Health Strategy Released by CMS

The obstacles faced by healthcare providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different than those in urban areas. Workforce shortage problems, socioeconomic factors and health inequity envelop a broad range of issues that create healthcare disparities impacting...

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