Reducing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System reporting period to 90 consecutive days instead of one year would "reduce administrative burden and ensure physicians have sufficient time to report after receiving performance feedback from CMS," the American Medical Association argues in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
Moms with rheumatoid arthritis may not be able to protect their children from developing certain chronic conditions. A recent study published in Arthritis Care and Research found that the offspring of mothers who had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) while pregnant were at considerably higher risk for developing chronic diseases themselves compared to children born to mothers without RA.
Teamwork between outpatient behavioral health clinics and hospitals has been a perennial problem in healthcare—but it doesn't have to be that way. There are some simple changes that behavioral health providers can make and, in some states, those efforts are already paying off.
A new study suggests doctors can turn their waiting rooms into classrooms, in this case helping diabetic patients manage their condition. Weekly classes that taught diet changes and nutrition education made a difference in patients with diabetes, including lower blood sugar levels, according to the study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Hospice providers could be getting a 1.8%, or $340 million bump in reimbursements in fiscal year 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed Friday afternoon. The proposal is higher than the 1% increase given to providers in 2018.