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“Looking into My Crystal Ball”​ – The End is Near…for the 1135 Waivers To Expire

“Looking into My Crystal Ball”​ – The End is Near…for the 1135 Waivers To Expire

he United States has been in a state of Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to the coronavirus pandemic since January 2020. Section 319 of the Public Health Services (PHS) Act grants the authority to declare and re-evaluate the need for the PHE to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who reviews the emergency declaration every 90-days and determines whether an extension is warranted.

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2022 Medicare Sequestration Considerations

2022 Medicare Sequestration Considerations

Overview In a late 2021 legislative session, Congressional activity resulted in a little bit of breathing room for hospitals after the New Year. In a bipartisan vote by Senate late last week, legislation was passed that mitigates nearly 10% Medicare reimbursement cuts...

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CMS Doubles Down on Their Expectation for Price Transparency

CMS Doubles Down on Their Expectation for Price Transparency

On November 2, 2021, CMS released the anticipated CY 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1753-FC), finalizing this year’s Medicare payment rates for hospital outpatient and ASC as well including regulatory guidance regarding several high profile policies for hospitals providing outpatient services. CMS evaluated industry feedback to the proposed modifications, including halting the elimination of the Inpatient Only list (IPO), broadening the impact of the Hospital Price Transparency Rule, and other updates.

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COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund Updates

COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund Updates

Additional Funds, Delay in Reporting Requirements, and Audits The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) was established when Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support American families, workers, and healthcare providers in the...

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What Your Denial Rate Is Not Telling You

What Your Denial Rate Is Not Telling You

Let’s talk about denials, a frequent and often unpleasant topic in Utilization Management (UM). One of the core beliefs of most UM teams is that denials are bad, and most of UM teams’ efforts are spent trying to prevent or reduce denials. You may have even purchased...

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Do More Denials Mean More Revenue?

Do More Denials Mean More Revenue?

By Joseph Zebrowitz, MD Denials Are Bad…Maybe Not One of the central tenets of utilization management is that “denials are bad.” Our hospitals have developed a myriad of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that reflect this: we track denial rate and total number of...

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