Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced its 2016 medicare part a and part b premiums and deductibles, noting there will be no increase for some. "As the Social Security Administration previously announced, there will no Social Security cost of living increase for 2016. As a result, by law, most people with Medicare Part B will be “held harmless” from any increase in premiums in 2016 and will pay the same monthly premium as last year..." [ Read the story here ]
Health Insurance Marketplace CEO, Kevin Counihan says: “Our goal is to provide consumers with relevant, personal and more up-to-date information about a plan before enrolling. We thank the Marketplace health plans who have now made this information available to the public.” [ Read the story here ] With the launch of the new doctor lookup program, Heathcare.com hopes to add a much needed aid in finding the right doctor for everyone's unique needs.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changing to its discharge planning requirements that healthcare facilities must meet. "...hospitals and critical access hospitals would be required to develop a discharge plan within 24 hours of admission or registration and complete a discharge plan before the patient is discharged home or transferred to another facility. This would apply to all inpatients and certain types of outpatients, including patients receiving observation services..." [ Read the story here ]
In the government's attempt at transparency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted its data from Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS). The information comes from 385,000 physicians and healthcare providers and includes utilization, payment, and submitted charges. [ Read the story and view the report here ]
With the upcoming ICD-10 switch from ICD-9, some have worried that a potential government shutdown in the United States would once again still our upgrade to the ICD-10 coding system. Thursday, CMS officials announced that the ICD-10 switch would continue regardless of a potential government shutdown. CMS's Patrick Conway stated, "In the event of a shutdown, we will continue -- and I want to be clear on this -- to pay claims, to implement the ICD-10 transition." [Read the story here ]
A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) account that Centers for Medicare & Medicaide Services (CMS) has made great strides towards enabling a smooth transition to ICD-10. It is yet to be known if there will be issues arising in the upcoming ICD-10 switch from ICD-9. "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made strides to minimize and fix system errors during the transition to ICD-10, however, the extent to which errors will affect the agency's ability to process claims can't be determined until CMS's systems begin utilizing ICD-10 codes." [ Read the full story ]