Susan Morse

Susan Morse is Associate Editor of Healthcare Finance. You can follow her at @susanmorseHFN

CMS rule targets antibiotics, superbugs

New CMS rule targets superbugs, aims to curb antibiotic use

By Susan Morse 09:11 am June 15, 2016
New measures could save hospitals up to $284 million annually, officials say.
By Susan Morse 01:39 pm June 08, 2016
The first rebid for durable medical equipment such as orthotics and prosthetics reduced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services budget by $580 million. The second phase cut it by $3.6 billion. 

One of the bill's main features is turning back the clock - for some facilities - on a policy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

By Susan Morse 04:31 pm May 25, 2016
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has passed the "Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act," a bill that, among other things, aims to provide financial relief to hospitals that were in the process of building off-campus outpatient centers in 2015 when reimbursement policy changed.
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By Susan Morse 10:42 am May 25, 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign proposal would make uninsured Americans eligible for Medicare at age 50 or 55. Whether that will be financially advantageous is a matter of some debate. 
Marc Harrison Intermountain

Intermountain's new CEO Marc Harrison, MD, will take the helm in October. 

By Susan Morse 09:44 am May 23, 2016
Marc Harrison, MD, will replace current CEO Charles Sorenson, who intends to stay on and work with Intermountain’s Healthcare Leadership Institute. 
By Susan Morse 09:26 am May 20, 2016
Under the new Accountable Care Organization, Cigna will reward doctors for healthier populations and reduced expenses. 

Rural and small provider groups have "a bunch of angst right now," House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, told CMS Chief Andy Slavitt during testimony on MACRA this week.

By Susan Morse 09:26 am May 13, 2016
Implementation of MACRA will impact not only physicians, but also the hospitals with whom they partner, the American Hospital Association told Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS, and the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on Wednesday.
By Susan Morse 02:44 pm May 03, 2016
McKesson and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona are partnering to create a new service that helps physician practices that may not be part of a value-based network take on risk as traditional accountable care organizations do.
By Susan Morse 02:16 pm May 03, 2016
As physicians study the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models outlined in the newly proposed MACRA rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its finalized Quality Measure Development Plan in support of the new payment structure.
By Susan Morse 11:06 am April 26, 2016
In the first major overhaul of Medicaid managed care requirements in more than a decade, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published new rules on April 25 that affect how Medicaid works for the nearly two-thirds of beneficiaries who get their coverage through private managed care plans.

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