HEALTH FIRST’S VIERA HOSPITAL has earned the highest rating of five stars for patient experience from the federal government. The five-star rating is reserved for the highest-performing hospitals and is based on patient experience scores reported in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. […]
The federal government has issued final regulations that reform the way Medicare pays doctors. If the new rules achieve their intended goal, all Americans — and not just Medicare enrollees — could see improvements in the quality of their care. […]
Kaiser Health News reports that for the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has released star ratings for more than 3,600 hospitals around the country. […]
In February, the Obama administration announced proposed Medicare Advantage (MA) rates that officials said could mean payment reductions of 1.9 percent for the private plans in the popular program that covers 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries.
Under intense pressure from the insurance industry and in the midst of a busy election season, during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Monday that they were shelving the controversial MA cuts and instead increasing payments by 0.4 percent.
Very soon, you’ll be able to log onto a government website that will provide information about the number and type of health care services that individual physicians and certain other health care professionals delivered in 2012, and the amount Medicare paid them for those services. […]
The sudden shift in policy, outlined in a three-page guidance memo published without notice on a federal website, provides flexibility for people who submitted an application but did not get prompt information about their eligibility for subsidies. […]
With the focus on the opponents of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, aka Obamacare) impact on the government shutdown drama in the rearview mirror and the abject failure of the health insurance exchange website center stage since its attempted launch, the law is now also garnering wide spread coverage for something unrelated to troubles with its online insurance marketplace. […]
In order to educate the public on the looming major implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA, aka Obamacare) health insurance options and walk the consumers through the enrollment process, Health and Human Services (HHS) has earmarked up to $67 million in grants for enrollment and outreach workers called “navigators,” with $7.8 million going to organizations in Florida. […]