Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Midweek update

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it is proposing to increase Medicare Part A payments to acute care hospitals by 0.9% for the 2013 federal government fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2012. Modern Healthcare reports on provider reaction to the proposed rule.

CMS's Office of Oversight also recently released new technical guidance on the medical loss ratio regulation which took effect last year under the Affordable Care Act.

Health Data Management reports that "More than 1.1 million beneficiaries are served by Medicare accountable care organizations being ramped up under authority of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced." The AMA News is delirious with joy over the fact that physicians tend to control the ACOs, rather than nasty insurance companies. AHIP has posted an article about why ACOs will not replace health insurers.

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