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OIG Announces New Work Plan Process

July 26, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced that it is converting to a "dynamic, web-based Work Plan" format.  Under this new policy effective June 15, 2017, Work Plan updates that have historically been released once or twice each year will now be released monthly in order to "enhance transparency around OIG's continuous work planning efforts" and more effectively "respond to emerging issues."

Read more: OIG Announces New Work Plan Process

Six Cybersecurity Imperatives: National Task Force Maps a Cohesive Plan for Healthcare

July 19, 2017

Healthcare’s uniquely and inherently open and sharing culture enables healthcare professionals and facilities to carry out their very important work.  But this same openness, which includes an increasing number of disparate but connected health information systems, also makes healthcare uniquely vulnerable to myriad types of intrusions on the privacy and security of its information, and puts the sector at risk for harmful, even life-threatening criminal misuses of that information.

Read more: Six Cybersecurity Imperatives: National Task Force Maps a Cohesive Plan for Healthcare

Medicare Reimbursement Policy Changes Under the 21st Century Cures Act

July 5, 2017

The 21st Century Cures Act (CCA) has been proclaimed by some policymakers to be “the most important legislation” Congress passed in 2016.  Among many important provisions relating to precision medicine, drug innovation, telemedicine and mental health reform, the CCA also includes several potentially high-impact Medicare reimbursement policy changes set to take effect starting this year and into 2019.  Those policy changes include site-neutral payment exceptions, adjustments to the penalty calculation formula under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, new codes to bridge outpatient and inpatient surgical procedures, and suspension of the 25 Percent Rule for long-term care hospitals.

Read more: Medicare Reimbursement Policy Changes Under the 21st Century Cures Act

CMS Actuary and Congressional Budget Office Differ on Predictions for Costs and Uninsured for the AHCA

June 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary has estimated that the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce insurance coverage by 13 million people by 2026—10 million less than the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO's) prediction.

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