Biosimilar Action Plan (BAP)

On July 18, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Read the FDA’s Action Plan here Excerpts from the plan:  Generic drugs, for instance, represent 90 percent of all prescriptions in the U.S.1 Generic competition facilitated by the 1984 Hatch Waxman Act provided savings of more than $1 trillion to the U.S. health care system over a decade and generated $265 billion in savings in […]

Physician Fee Schedule CY2019 Proposed Rule

On July 12, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. The proposed rules would fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the […]

Proposed Rule Medicaid Provider Reassignment

On July 12, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the Medicaid Provider Reassignment regulation that would eliminate state’s ability to divert Medicaid payments away from providers, with the exception of payment arrangements explicitly authorized by statute. This proposed regulatory change is designed to ensure that taxpayer dollars dedicated to providing healthcare services for low-income […]

ESRD PPS FY2019

On July 11, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed innovative changes to the payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. The DME proposals in the proposed rule released today aim to increase access to items for patients and simplify Medicare’s DMEPOS Competitive Bidding […]

Home Health PPS Proposed Rule CY2019 and CY2020

On July 2, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System to strengthen and modernize Medicare, drive value, and focus on individual patient needs rather than volume of care. Specifically, CMS is proposing changes to improve access to solutions via remote patient monitoring technology, and to update […]

Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration

On June 29, 2018, in Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is advancing the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration, which, when approved and adopted, would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for clinicians who participate sufficiently in certain Medicare Advantage plans that involve taking on risk. CMS seeks public comment on the information […]

Medicaid Program Integrity Initiatives

On June 26, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new and enhanced initiatives designed to improve Medicaid program integrity through greater transparency and accountability, strengthened data, and innovative and robust analytic tools. Recent years have seen a rapid increase in Medicaid spending driven by several factors, including Medicaid expansion, from $456 billion in 2013 […]

IRF PPS Proposed Rule FY2019

On April 28, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

On April 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes on how Medicare pays inpatient rehabilitation facilities to make it easier for providers to spend more time with their patients, and improve the use of electronic health records. The proposed rule issued today proposes updates to Medicare payment policies and rates […]

IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule FY2019

On April 25, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

On April 24, 2018 CMS  issued a proposed rule for FY2019 expected to empower patients through better access to hospital price information, improve patients’ access to their electronic health records, and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients. The rule proposes updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient […]