Washington Report – July 2018

(COVERS ACTIVITY BETWEEN 6/1/18 AND 6/30/18)

CMS Releases 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

Administration Proposes Major Changes to Evaluation and Management Coding

CMS Proposes 2019 MIPS Reporting Year Requirements

CMS Soliciting Public Feedback on Price Transparency and EHR Interoperability

CMS Extends Deadline for Requesting Appeal of 2017 MIPS Performance Score

House of Representatives Passes Package of Healthcare Bills

CMS Proposes Expanding Site Neutral Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services

PFS Includes Demonstration for Medicare Advantage MIPS Exemption

Despite Proposed MIPS Changes, Stakeholders Say More Improvements are Needed

Social Security Number Removal Initiative Update

CMS Transmittals

Washington Report – June 2018

(COVERS ACTIVITY BETWEEN 6/1/18 AND 6/30/18)

HBMA GR Committee Holds Annual Visit to CMS and Washington, D.C.

2017 MIPS Performance Feedback is Available via EIDM Accounts

CAQH Index Shows Billions in Potential Savings Remain from Transition to Electronic Transactions

Department of Labor Issues Association Health Plan Final Rule

Social Security Number Removal Initiative Update

CMS Publishes FY 2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes

CMS to Again Include QMB Status on Remittance Advice

CMS Publishes 2017 Open Payments Data

HHS Throws Cold Water on Physician-Focused Payment Models

CMS Solicits Public Input on how to Reform Physician Self-Referral Law

MedPAC Suggests Ten Percent Increase for E&M Payments

2018 Trustees Report Projects Accelerated Timeline for Hospital Trust Fund Insolvency

House Passes Series of Opioid Bills

CMS Creates First Medicaid and CHIP “Scorecard”

DOJ Boasts Largest Annual Fraud Takedown to Date

Federal Court Blocks Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Requirement

CMS Transmittals

Washington Report – May 2018

(Covers activity between 5/1/18 and 5/31/18)

HBMA Participates in NCVHS Healthcare Transaction Forum

CMS Publishes 2019 ICD-10 PCS Updates

CAQH CORE Releases Newest CARC and RARC Combinations

Congress Passes VA Choice Program Reform Bill

91 Percent of Eligible Clinicians Participated in QPP in 2017

GAO Recommends that CMS Continue its Prior Authorization Initiatives

HHS Releases List of Upcoming Regulations

Five New MedPAC Commissioners Selected

CMS Announces New Rural Health Strategy

White House Unveils Plan to Address Rising Prescription Drug Prices

GAO Report Finds Limited Success for New Medicare Payment Models

CMS Rejects Lifetime Caps for Medicaid

GAO Study of State Laws on Medical Record Transfer Fees

CMS Transmittals