CMS proposes to pay for transformative IT

To address disparities between urban and rural hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to increase the wage index of low wage index hospitals, such as those in rural areas. WHY IT MATTERS The proposed rule would update Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term… Read More »

MedPAC’s Latest Bad Idea: Forcing Doctors to Join ACOs

By KIP SULLIVAN, JD At its April 4, 2019 meeting, the staff of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked the commission to discuss a very strange proposal: Doctors who treat patients enrolled in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service (FFS) program must join an “accountable care organization” (ACO) or give up their FFS Medicare practice. (The staff… Read More »