Legislation & Policy

16 05, 2017

Everything we know about the American Health Care Act

May 16th, 2017|Legislation & Policy, News|

On May 4, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal key components of the Affordable Care Act and replace them with a Republican counterpart. The bill has been almost universally panned by [...]

20 02, 2017

New Administration Sends Positive Smoke Signals About Value-Based Payments

February 20th, 2017|CMS, Legislation & Policy|

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a delay in publishing the final rules regarding the new mandatory cardiac and joint bundled payment programs. Significantly, CMS did not delay the start dates of those programs, put them [...]

30 11, 2016

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program – Physician Fee Schedule

November 30th, 2016|CMS, Legislation & Policy|

In our final post related to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule (read more HERE), we explore the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), a new Medicare benefit anticipated to be effective beginning January 1, 2018. As a new program, [...]

30 11, 2016

Codes to Know for Transformation – Physician Fee Schedule

November 30th, 2016|CMS, Legislation & Policy|

In our second post on the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule (more information HERE) we explore some of the new and modified codes available to help your practice in its transformational work. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) [...]

14 11, 2016

Final Rule MSSP Program

November 14th, 2016|CMS, Legislation & Policy|

By LeeAnn Hastings, Caravan Health, Director of Policy and Compliance The Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule was released by CMS in early November. The rule broadly establishes payment rates for physicians and makes other changes to the Medicare Part [...]

19 05, 2016

Read Our May 2016 Caravan Health Newsletter: Special Focus – MACRA

May 19th, 2016|ACO, CMS, Legislation & Policy, Uncategorized|

Our May Caravan Health Newsletter delves into the MACRA proposed rule, and how this change in Medicare payment will effect health care providers. We also turn the spotlight on innovative providers – one who is reinventing the scheduling wheel, and [...]

12 04, 2016

CMS Considers Overhaul to ACO Benchmarks

April 12th, 2016|CMS, Legislation & Policy, Uncategorized|

The federal government has rolled out an important proposal to revamp how Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) financial targets are set upon program renewal. The change influences whether an ACO, a health care entity composed of health care providers and hospitals [...]

6 04, 2016

Essential Reading on the Future of MACRA and MIPS

April 6th, 2016|ACO, CMS, Legislation & Policy|

Healthcare policy and future reimbursements are changing rapidly.  This is a terrific editorial and article that summarizes the future of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  In just over three years, MACRA [...]