MHA Today | October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016
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In This Issue
Insurers Engage CBO On Medicare Telemedicine Coverage
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


Insurers Engage CBO On Medicare Telemedicine Coverage

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Eleven insurers have written the Congressional Budget Office regarding cost projections for changes to Medicare coverage of telemedicine. Citing the benefits and cost savings of telemedicine in the commercial insurance market, the letter encourages CBO to consider external data in developing its cost projections for Medicare telemedicine proposals.

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MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • Medicare open enrollment information for patients
  • October 2016 outpatient PPS pricer file update
  • quality payment program final rule call — Tuesday, Nov. 15
  • Medicare learning network revised provider compliance fact sheets


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Consider This ...

This week is Infection Prevention Week. In the U.S., an estimated 5 to 15 percent of the population is affected by influenza each year.

Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology