Medicare and medicaid

Advocacy for own claims

Are health insurance providers specific to your claims? Federal regulations require that 90% of “clean claims” be paid to health care providers within 30 days. But what if the payer doesn’t pay within 30 days? What if your claims are impure? The problem is – who determines what a clean …

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The end of the public health emergency could have consequences for people with disabilities

Government officials and disability advocates are preparing for a possible end to the public health emergency. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS) As attention on COVID-19 fades and the federal government considers ending the pandemic-triggered state of emergency, officials are warning big changes are coming for some disability programs. Currently, the nation is …

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Lawmakers Push Health Department to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Transgender Health Care

Unsplash.com photo by Hush Naidoo Jade Photography. In light of recent federal policy changes, Sen. Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore City) and Congresswoman Anne R. Kaiser (D-Montgomery) are urging the Department of Health to rethink its Medicaid health care policy for transgender people in Maryland. Washington and Kaiser wrote to Maryland …

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Medicare Advantage plans often deny needed care, says federal report

Each year, tens of thousands of people enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans are denied necessary care that should be covered by the program, federal investigators concluded in a report released Thursday. Investigators urged Medicare officials to step up oversight of these private insurance plans, which provide benefits to 28 …

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LI doctor charged in COVID-19 healthcare fraud scheme: DOJ (ICYMI)

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Thursday, April 21, 2022. GREAT NECK, NY — A Long Island cardiologist was indicted Tuesday on federal charges, accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $1.3 million during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal prosecutors say Perry Frankel — owner and operator …

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Home care stakeholders break down ‘uncertain’ legislative and regulatory landscapes

With more attention than ever on home care, there are a number of legislative and regulatory developments that will be essential for providers to stay informed. For providers like Help at Home, which works in the Medicaid space on private pay, the short-term gains are obvious. “If you take what’s …

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The art of defending against contractor audits

To punch holes in Medicare audits, you need to know the rules. I’d like to write today about the sheer absurdity of how these Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC), Area Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) and other types audits are held against health care providers. When an auditor …

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More and more seniors are using legal marijuana. What you need to know about the benefits and risks.

Growing numbers of American seniors are adding a touch of green to their golden years as more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use and cannabis companies conduct outreach to communities of people elderly to educate potential patients and caregivers about the potential benefits. Newsletter Sign-Up Retirement Barron’s brings …

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Feds reverse course on Alzheimer’s drug after outcry from Down syndrome advocates

Marilyn Long, left, helps her brother, Jeff Malanoski, who has Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, at their home in Elk Grove Village, Illinois in 2014. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/TNS) After complaints of discrimination, federal authorities are scrapping a plan that would have prevented people with Down syndrome from accessing a new …

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What Drives Racial and Ethnic Gaps in the Medicare Quality Agenda?

Over the past 10 years, the Medicare system has attempted to improve the quality of health care received by millions of older Americans, while slowing rising costs to the federal budget, by encouraging health care providers to join Responsible Care Organizations (ACOs). Today, ACOs coordinate care for 11 million people, …

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Providence agrees to pay $22 million in medical fraud case | Washington News

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Providence Health & Services Washington has agreed to pay $22.6 million to resolve allegations that its Walla Walla hospital fraudulently billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs for medically unnecessary neurosurgical procedures, prosecutors said Tuesday. Vanessa R. Waldref, …

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Study shows benefits of Medicaid expansion for patients diagnosed with de novo stage 4 breast cancer

A new study led by Susan G. Komen® The researchers indicate that patients diagnosed with de novo stage 4 breast cancer – also called metastatic breast cancer – had improved survival rates and decreased death rates when these patients had access to care. de novo means the breast cancer was …

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Trips to Medicare-funded doctors failing the elderly

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Your tax dollars pay to get Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to critical medical appointments, but, for some, those trips never happen. Missing these doctor visits can have disastrous consequences. We’re not just talking about health checks. A Tampa Bay-area woman says the problem is now delaying …

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Free “Understanding Medicare” virtual presentations offered in April

Three presentations offered on Thursdays in April – The Health Insurance Advisory and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will sponsor free virtual presentations for those interested in better understanding Medicare benefits. Understanding Medicare presentations will take place: • Thursday 14 April, at 12 noon• Thursday 21 April, at 2 p.m.• Thursday 28 …

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Arkansas Medicaid worked as planned in pandemic, faces challenges in emergency

I’ve read a lot of columns recently that begin with the phrase, “If there’s one hard lesson we’ve learned from the pandemic…”. Well, this is not one of those columns, because I’m sure we’ve learned a lot of hard lessons that we should all reflect on and not repeat. Instead, …

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Minimum nursing home staffing law goes into effect in New York

New York state nursing homes must now comply with a new law that requires nursing homes to meet minimum staffing levels after Governor Kathy Hochul lifted a three-month recess on Friday. Hochul initially delayed implementing the mandates, citing industry staffing issues compounded by the omicron variant. The state’s more than …

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Thousands more people with Medicaid and CHIP coverage now eligible to access critical postpartum coverage thanks to US bailout – InsuranceNewsNet

Baltimore, Maryland, April 2 — The US Department of Health and Social Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the following press release on April 1, 2022: The Biden-Harris administration announces that as of today, no less than 720,000 pregnant and postpartum women across United States could be guaranteed …

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The end of COVID could lead to major turbulence for health care in the United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic arrives, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. healthcare system made more generous, flexible and technologically up-to-date through a series of temporary emergency measures. The end of these policies could begin as early as the summer. It could …

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Marriage Penalty of a Disabled Adult Child (DAC)

What is the DAC? The Disabled Adult Child or DAC benefit is a Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit. It is a “secondary” benefit, ie it is based on the work record of another person (in this case, the recipient’s parent). A DAC beneficiary must be a dependent “adult child” …

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How Medicare may make it harder to use palliative care for end-stage dementia patients

Streamlined access to doctors, nurses, social workers and Medicare-covered medication quickly became essential for Jean and her husband, and allowed them to continue living together on their 40-acre farm in the ‘Rural Iowa. But as can be the case with dementia, Jean’s decline was less precipitous than expected. When she …

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Federal contractor call center workers go on strike | Louisiana News

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Call center workers who handle health insurance issues for Americans have gone on strike at facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana. Call center workers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Bogalusa, Louisiana are employed by Maximus Inc., one of the nation’s largest federal call center contractors, The Sun Herald …

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Judge suspends prison sentence in Medicaid fraud case

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Las Vegas man has been ordered to pay $42,510 in restitution and placed on probation for a year in a Medicaid fraud case involving billing for services that were never provided from April 2015 to April 2019. Kelly Addam Gersting, 51, was also sentenced to …

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Ensuring children have access to doctors beyond COVID

As summer winds down and the start of a new school year draws near, pediatric practices in Nevada and the United States are bracing for a flood of incoming appointments. Anxious parents call to “seize” this necessary appointment so that their child(ren) can go to daycare, play a sport or …

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Building new SNF means moving away from Medicaid for Diakonos Group

Tightening margins and drying up supplier relief funds have made renovations and new construction nearly impossible for many skilled nurse operators. The Diakonos Group, however, recently opened its second new SNF in Oklahoma in the past year – this one costing $17 million – as the state’s longtime operator is …

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5 steps to find the right doctor

(Family Features) Whether you rarely get sick or have multiple conditions that require frequent doctor visits, having a reliable and knowledgeable health care provider is an important step in protecting your health. A health care provider helps you stay healthy by recommending preventive services like screenings and vaccinations. He or …

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Low-income medical patients could benefit from proposed deal

MANISTEE COUNTY — An agreement targeting “indigent, uninsured and underinsured” residents of Manistee County is set to go to the County Board of Commissioners. Billy Evans, director of pharmacy at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, is set to appear before the board to seek approval of a deal that would allow …

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Port Clinton Doctor Sentenced to Jail for Prescribing Controlled Substances Without Medical Necessity and Healthcare Fraud | USAO-NDOH

Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that William Bauer, 85, of Port Clinton, Ohio, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay $464,099.14 in compensation, of which $253,300.55 will go to Medicare and $210,798.59 to Medicaid. Additionally, Judge Zouhary …

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Disability programs still not receiving federal funds

Direct support workers caring for people with disabilities gather at the Ohio Statehouse in 2018 to raise awareness of their industry’s employee shortage and low wages. (Jonathan Quilter/The Columbus Dispatch/TNS) LILBURN, Ga. — Matthew Southern, 35, who has intellectual and developmental disabilities, is able to stay out of an institution …

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Hospice Myths – Canon City Daily Record

“The Hospice gives up.” “The hospice is too expensive.” Perhaps you have heard these statements about palliative care at some point. Perhaps you said them yourself. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about palliative care, so hopefully the information in this article will help clarify some of these myths. Many believe …

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Is it time to review your facility’s natural disaster plan?

Sheldon Yellen, CEO, BELFOR Property Restoration Over the past year, the United States has suffered from tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and more. Because natural disasters are unpredictable and often quick-moving, an aged care community’s natural disaster plan can play a vital role in keeping staff and residents safe. Three experts have …

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A dispute between UVM Health Network and an insurance company could leave thousands of people on the floor

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – A dispute between our region’s largest health care provider and a health insurance company leaves nearly 3,000 patients in the lurch. This will not change unless UVM Health Network and UnitedHealthcare reach an agreement. A letter has been sent to UnitedHealthcare commercial policyholders who have visited …

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Health insurance market for seniors booming globally with AIG, Chubb – company ethos

Senior health insurance market report focused on the comprehensive analysis of the current and future outlook of the Senior Health Insurance industry. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for vendors to adopt successive strategies of merger and acquisition, geographic expansion, research and development, and new product introduction strategies to …

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Consider generic or brand name therapy for glaucoma

Transcription: Neil Minkoff, MD: The question I’m asking is when do you determine that a patient has failed a generic and should switch to a branded agent, and then how do you choose the branded agent given that there are these new classes drugs? Terri-Diann Pickering, MD: If we start …

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Bad Medicare decision on Alzheimer’s drug

For the editor February 26, 2022 In July 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved aducanumab, the first treatment to treat the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, it’s the first drug that doesn’t just treat the symptoms of this devastating disease that affects 6.2 million …

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End of public health emergency triggers end of Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities

As the country eagerly awaits the end of the COVID-19 pandemic to regain a sense of normalcy, there are fears that the end of the public health emergency (PHE) could trigger an end to Medicare waivers and regulations and Medicaid that could have a significant impact on patients, explained Mark …

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Society cleans up the mess of the unvaccinated – Michael Brandt | Letters to the Editor

No one should be vaccinated against their will. No one should be prevented from expressing their animosity towards vaccination mandates, including through open public protests. And no one but the anti-vaxxer should suffer the consequences when their right path takes a wrong turn. A large majority of those hospitalized and …

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Ambulance board approves pension bond payment

The Nodaway County Ambulance District Board voted to pay unfunded obligations to LAGERS, Missouri’s local government employee retirement system, at its Feb. 9 meeting. Chief Operating Officer Bill Florea told board members that the unfunded liabilities were due to the increase in employee accounts that was voted on last year. …

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Residents’ lives are at extreme risk, feds say, as they threaten to essentially shut down struggling NJ nursing home

Federal regulators are threatening to cut off the struggling Woodland Behavioral Health and Nursing Center in Andover from all Medicaid and Medicare funding in two weeks, following a damning report citing the nursing home for health care violations that threatened the life and safety of the more than 450 residents …

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Sen. Williams and Dems frustrated with GOP Medicaid antics | Local News

With the voter-approved Medicaid Expansion Amendment again under Republican onslaught, State Sen. Brian Williams is tearing up the misguided effort. “To think that this is still a conversation after voters showed at the polls that they want to expand Medicaid in Missouri, well, it’s extremely frustrating that we’re still having …

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CMS Expands Lung Cancer Screening Coverage with Low-Dose CT Scanning

February 10, 2022 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just announced a National Coverage Determination (NCD) that expands coverage of lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to improve outcomes health of people with lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers and …

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North Carolina hospital price transparency rule makes costs public for patients

Many things have a clear price. Before someone buys a coffee or gets a haircut, they are usually aware of the cost – or at least they can be with a simple question. But hospitals didn’t work that way. Patients provide their health insurance (if they have it), receive medical …

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More patients treated with OACs

The increase shows that more and more patients are turning to ACOs for care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 11 million Medicare patients will be served by care organizations responsible for the Shared Savings Program (ACO) in 2022. According to a press release, the announcement …

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Nursing home group at odds with Pritzker over payments reform

By PETER HANCOCKIllinois Capitol News[email protected] A political battle is brewing between Governor JB Pritzker’s administration and a segment of the nursing home industry over a key part of the governor’s budget proposal, expanding the state’s health care workforce, especially in long-term care facilities. On Wednesday, Pritzker outlined a $45.4 billion …

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Amedisys signs definitive agreement to acquire Evolution Health

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 2 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amedisys, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMED), a leading provider of quality home health care, palliative care, personal care and critical care, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Evolution Health, LLC, a division of Envision Healthcare, doing business …

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ACO groups disappointed with results of Medicare shared savings program

WASHINGTON — Are 66 new Responsible Care Organizations (ACOs) in one year a sign of progress or a disappointing result? It depends on who you ask. CMS announced last week that 66 additional ACOs had joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for ACOs in 2022, bringing the total to …

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Officials: COVID a financial hammer on New Mexico hospitals

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — The pandemic is financially stressing New Mexico hospitals because the money they are receiving to treat patients with COVID-19 is not keeping up with rising costs, officials said. New Mexico Hospital Association President and CEO Troy Clark said it’s incorrect to think hospitals are doing well …

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For the first time, grants for Medicaid, CHIP target those who are pregnant

Modern Healthcare reports that state and local governments, nonprofits, schools and more can now apply to receive up to $1.5 million each over three years to help more children benefit. of health coverage. Modern Healthcare: CMS: $49M in Grants to Boost Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment The Centers for Medicare and …

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Participation in Medicare Shared Savings ACO increases slightly for 2022

More Medicare beneficiaries will receive care from providers in the care organizations responsible for Medicare’s shared savings program this year, but the number is still lower than it was in 2020, according to new data. Nearly one in five Medicare enrollees will be treated by Shared Savings Program ACO providers …

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Pandemic has exacerbated disparities in care, study finds

Americans’ use of common outpatient health services fell sharply at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, then rebounded to near-normal levels at the end of 2020, only to decline again in the second surge in January-February 2021, according to a new study led by UCLA. But the resumption of care …

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Medicare/Medicaid Denies Coverage for Promising, Expensive Alzheimer’s Drug

Across the State of Iowa – Advocates in Iowa are stunned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, decision to deny coverage for an entire class of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease . Lauren Livingston, spokesperson for the Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said the global …

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Georgia sues Biden administration over Medicaid rejection

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia sued the Biden administration on Friday over its decision to revoke approval of a work requirement in the state’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income Georgians. Lawsuit filed in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia, says last month’s decision by the US Centers for Medicare …

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Ametros Study Proves Post-Settlement Medicare Denials Happen

WILMINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a first-of-its-kind study, Ametros found that more than 34,000 claims a year were denied to Medicare beneficiaries after settlement because Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside (WCMSA) funds were responsible payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has long warned that it requires WCMSA funds to …

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Beware, another threat to Medicare! – Longmont Times-Call

Medicare is a successful and valuable government program that provides health care to the elderly, disabled, and people with end-stage kidney disease. The Traditional Medicare (TM) approach provides needed, quality health care with much lower administrative costs than private health insurance such as Medicare Advantage (MA). However, this much-loved public …

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Stefanik and Delgado lead New York members in fight for critical access hospitals | Press Releases

Stefanik and Delgado lead New York members in fight for critical access hospitals | Press Releases | Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Facebook icon Google+ icon Instagram icon LinkedIn icon Twitter icon YouTube icon Vimeo icon Customers icon Email icon Map icon Print icon Quote icon icon_share Carousel Arrow – Left Carousel …

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Expanding access to telehealth is a lifeline for vulnerable patients

Sally C. Pipes Sally C. Pipes is President, CEO and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute. His latest book is “False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All” (Encounter 2020). Follow her on Twitter @sallypipes. It’s hard to find a …

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5 legal issues for home medical equipment suppliers in 2022

Well the last couple of years have been strange. COVID-19 has been a game-changer. In a silver lining, the home medical equipment (MCH) industry has seen vibrant colors during the pandemic. The industry has been urged to take care of patients at home and prevent patients from going to hospitals …

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Traffic Accident Involving Florida Girl Leads to Medicaid Reimbursement Dispute

CASE OVERVIEW By Ronald Mann January 9, 2022 at 13:13 Monday’s argument in Gallardo vs. Marstiller presents a simple question of statutory interpretation, examining whether a state Medicaid program can take funds that a Medicaid beneficiary receives as part of a third party tort settlement that injured the beneficiary. More …

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Legal Experts Look at CMS Vaccination Mandate, SCOTUS Case, Implications for Nursing Homes

Nursing home operators remain in limbo as the Supreme Court is due to hear arguments on Friday over the constitutionality of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate. Healthcare litigators and other legal experts expect it will be much easier to repeal previously ordered lower court injunctions, …

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Q&A: Andrew Behrman, CEO of FACHC, on Omicron’s impact on community health centers – State of Reform

Andrew Behrman, MBA, is the president and CEO of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC), which provides resources such as COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at hundreds of primary and skilled health care centers in federal level (FQHC) across Florida. Across the various clinics, FACHC provides a vital safety …

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$ 1.1 billion available next year to support hospitals, according to Beshear – The Advocate-Messenger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky hospitals that meet federal quality measures can receive up to $ 1.1 billion in additional payments for Medicaid services next year, Governor Andy Beshear said Wednesday. The funding, available through a federally approved and state-led payment model, helps provide and expand quality health care to …

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Florida urges appeals court to block Biden rule requiring COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare workers

TALLAHASSEE – By saying it’s among ‘unprotected’ states, Florida is pushing full federal appeals court to at least temporarily block a Biden administration rule that would require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID -19. David Costello, deputy state attorney general, filed a document Wednesday afternoon with the 11th U.S. …

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Medi-Cal’s Landmark Transformation in California to Improve and Expand Services Gets Federal Approval – State of Reform

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that it has the green light to launch its long-term commitment to transform and strengthen Medi-Cal. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal which will launch on January …

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State Attorneys General Tackle National Health Crises, One Person at a Time (Podcast) – Food, Medicines, Health Care, Life Sciences

United States: State Attorneys General Tackle National Health Crises, One Person at a Time (podcast) December 28, 2021 Kelley Drye & Warren LLP To print this article, simply register or connect to Mondaq.com. self Kelley Drye Ad Law Access Podcast State Attorneys General Speak to National Health Crises, One Person …

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Stimulus Control Live Fourth Update: $ 8,000, COLA 2022 Benefits, Medicare, Child Tax Credit …

More Americans go hungry as child tax credit ends Democrats in Congress have made major changes to the child tax credit for fiscal 2021. The credit increased from $ 2,000, of which $ 1,400 was reimbursable, to $ 3,600 per child under six and $ 3,000 for each child from …

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Exceptional Community Hospital accepting all insurances

The Exceptional Community Hospital-Maricopa is open [Stock] The city’s first hospital opened on Wednesday, bringing 24-hour emergency care and inpatient services to Maricopa for the first time. With this opening came questions about the insurance plans taken out by the hospital. According to Exceptional Healthcare CEO Saeed Mahboubi, the new …

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Nursing homes ask for visitation flexibility as Omicron rages

Seniors’ service organizations are now urging the Biden administration to provide flexibility to limit nursing home visits, citing expected increases in COVID-19 cases linked to the omicron variant. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidelines in November allowing visits for “all residents at any time.” While visitors …

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How to protect healthcare from government intrusion

People often complain that American health care is broken because we have a “free market” system. But, in fact, much of what is broken in health care in the United States is due to government intervention. The involvement of third-party payers, who are either funded or heavily regulated by the …

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Americans should soon be able to get free home Covid tests

JaruekChairak | iStock | Getty Images Who can get the free tests? The White House says the 150 million Americans with private health insurance will be eligible for full reimbursement after purchasing a home Covid test. This includes people insured by their employer, as well as those who have purchased …

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New remote monitoring billing codes extend reimbursement at the start of the new year

Christina debusk December 14, 2021 New remote patient monitoring codes are temporary and time will tell if they become permanent coding options The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused an increase in telehealth visits, with the last week of March 2020 seeing a 154% increase in computerized health care appointments compared …

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After the pandemic, what is a phone call from your doctor worth?

Through Julie appleby December 8, 2021 Maybe this happened to you recently: your doctor called to see you, chatted for 11-20 minutes, maybe answering a question you contacted their office with or asking how you are reacting to a change in medication. For this, your doctor was paid around $ …

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Congress Takes Medicare Physician Salary Crag

What are the news: After months of fierce advocacy by the AMA and other physician organizations, Congress acted this week to address the combined 9.75% reductions in physician payments for Medicare, which amounted to a cliff payment for physicians. doctors and were due to go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. …

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How the worst nursing home offenses are hidden from the public

The public never found out that inspectors cited another New Jersey nursing home, Rehab at River’s Edge, for failing to protect a fragile resident who fell seven times, breaking her foot at one point given. And the public never found out that a resident of the Golden Living Center retirement …

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Federal bill would delay cuts to medicare for health care providers and prevent “income tampering”

After healthcare providers suffered dramatic cuts to Medicare reimbursement this year, congressional lawmakers are taking action to limit the cuts in 2022. A bill introduced on Tuesday would prevent 2% of Medicare sequestration – or at least curb the deep cuts associated with the calendar year (CY) 2022 Physician Honor …

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COLUMN OF JOEL MEKLER: Find out more about the LI-NET program | Lifestyles

Social Security and Medicare are separate programs serving older and disabled Americans, but they have one important thing in common. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages registrations for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). In addition, the SSA has a specific role in the Medicare Prescription …

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Legislation would pave the way for better care for people with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia is very difficult. My father was my mother’s primary caregiver as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to her dedication, she was able to live at home until her last breath. However, the course of Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. Each person’s struggle is unique, and caregivers …

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SRHD Board of Health Unanimously Approves Balanced Budget 2022

Kelli Hawkins, SRHD | [email protected] | 509.324.1539, c.509.994.8968 SPOKANE, Wash. – During today’s Spokane County Health Council (BOH) meeting, the BOH voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) balanced budget of 47.8 millions of dollars. The budget is contingent upon final confirmation from Spokane County of …

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Advocacy blitz targets Medicare coverage of obesity treatment

In June, a consortium of industrial and medical groups forming the Obesity Care Advocacy Network, or OCAN, launched the Obesity Care Now campaign. The group has published press releases, sponsored newsletters, and recently participated in webinars featuring lawmakers. High-profile groups like the NAACP and the National Urban League have endorsed …

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Religious Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates Do Not Include Political, Social and Economic Beliefs, EEOC Says | Hinshaw & Culbertson – Labor Law Observer

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS). It required employers with 100 or more employees to institute mandates requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – or requiring weekly testing of their employees. On the same day, the Centers …

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