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Government Shutdown Averted, Telemedicine Coverage Expanded

Government Shutdown Averted, Telemedicine Coverage Expanded

The  Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 contains important changes to federal law related to reimbursement for and use of telemedicine, signaling Congress's continuing confidence in telemedicine's potential to improve care and reduce costs. 

Hot Topic: CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Initiative

Hot Topic: CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Initiative

The CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has spent the last 6 years testing out a variety of models for value-based care and payment--the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and other ACO models, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, and various Medicaid and CHIP initiatives. As the Administration doubles down on its commitment to shift payments away from fee-for-service (FFS), it continues to innovate, building programs to align incentives to person-centered, comprehensive, high quality health care. In that vein, in July of this year, CMS will begin taking applications from practices for participation in a new CMMI program: the CPC+ program.

Busting Barriers to Exchange of Health Care Records

Busting Barriers to Exchange of Health Care Records

On February 5, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, announced a proposed rule that would update privacy rules regarding substance abuse records--for the first time since 1987. This proposed rule has the potential to ease barriers to streamlined and efficient exchange of patient information across the care spectrum.