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CMS Announces Plans to Strengthen Oversight of Medicare’s Accreditation Organizations

October 12, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Oct. 4 announced its intent to improve oversight of Medicare’s Accrediting Organizations (AOs). On behalf of CMS, AOs survey Medicare-participating health care providers and suppliers to ensure they meet CMS’s quality and safety standards in order to receive payments from Medicare


MedPAC Discusses Tracking Opioid Use in the Hospital Setting, Non-Urgent Care and Upcoding in Hospital Emergency Departments, and Other Topics

October 5, 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Oct. 4-5 to discuss several issues, including the use of opioids in the hospital setting and analysis regarding the care and coding practices for services delivered in hospital emergency departments (ED). The commission also held a discussion on how to address the primary care physician shortage [see related story].


MedPAC Discusses Supply of Primary Care Physicians; Loan Repayment

October 5, 2018

During its Oct. 4 meeting, the Medicare Payment and Access Commission (MedPAC) discussed Medicare’s role in the supply of primary care physicians.

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