The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Thursday recommended that Congress pass legislation to consolidate most of Medicare’s value-based quality programs and boost payments for high-performing hospitals.
Eight pharmacy owners and marketers were charged in an indictment for their roles in a compounded drug scheme involving more than $9.1 million in illegal kickbacks, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced December 19.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave several early Christmas presents to accountable care organization (ACO) watchers on Friday, releasing a final rule for ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and issuing a report finding that so-called Next Generation ACOs saved money for Medicare.
A bitter dispute between major transplant centers over nationwide sharing of organs looks poised to land in Congress next year. The reason? Fallout from a major change made earlier this month to the decades-long geography based system for distributing organs.
Utilizing machine learning tools that leverage electronic health record (EHR) data from a single organization could help providers predict patients at high risk of surgical complications more accurately than traditional approaches, a study published in PLOS Medicine found.