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CMS Seeks Ideas For Future Rule To Improve Open Payments System

CMS is seeking input from stakeholders on a wide-range of topics for a future rule to revise the Open Payments system, according the proposed 2017 physician fee schedule and an announcement for an open door forum to gather ideas.

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CMS on Thursday (July 21) put out data on the national distribution of overall hospital quality star ratings and by hospital characteristics and said it would soon post the ratings for individual hospitals, but hospitals remain concerned.

Although the House Ways & Means Committee on July 13 passed a bill again delaying the so-called 25 percent rule for long-term care hospitals, an analyst and hospital lobbyist say it is unlikely that LTCHs will get out from under the pay restriction in large part because Congress doesn't have much time to pass the legislation.

Key health IT groups take issue with FDA's press for use of ONC-certified electronic health record date in clinical trials, telling the agency that ONC requirements don't meet the rigor required for clinical investigations and impede data interoperability.

New FDA guidance outlining steps for codevelopment of in vitro companion (IVD) diagnostic devices drew praise from industry sources for its emphasis on open communication among sponsors and agency centers.

HHS' task force on cybersecurity heard from an industry official on how to expand participation by healthcare providers in an info-sharing organization, discussed the role of procurement rules in identifying security vulnerabilities, and seemed to agree that additional standards are likely not needed.

Humana on Thursday announced that due to continued challenges in the individual marketplace it will drastically reduce its exchange presence in 2017 and exit “substantially all” ACA-compliant, off-exchange markets.

The Department of Justice Thursday (July 21) formally filed suit to block the two pending health insurance mergers, partially due to the risk of reduced competition in the exchanges, and sent a strong signal that the key players would have little recourse but to challenge the move in court.

The Medicare Rights Center says a recently introduced bill would improve Part B enrollment and fill long-standing education gaps for those nearing Medicare eligibility by requiring CMS to notify them of their potential eligibility, and beneficiary advocates suggest the bill is the culmination of two years of work in this area.