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There’s one constant in healthcare: change. Count on us to break down the trends so you can stay up to date. Follow our take on each piece of this deep, intertwined, and often perplexing industry to find opportunities and practical approaches to move healthcare forward.

HHS Publishes Interim Final Rule on Third Party Payments

On March 14, HHS published an interim final rule on third party payments requiring qualified health plans (QHPs) and standalone dental plans (SADPs) to accept third party payments on behalf of enrollees from the Ryan White program, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and state and federal government programs.

Nationwide Exchange Enrollment Tracking Toward 5.4M by the End of March

New Avalere analysis finds that exchange enrollment is on track to reach 5.4 million by the end of March when open enrollment is set to end. That number falls short of current Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that six million people will enroll in exchanges in 2014.

MedPAC’s March 2014 Meeting in Brief

MedPAC's latest public meeting was March 6 and 7 and covered topics such as equalizing payments across post-acute settings of care, improving quality measurement, exploring alternative methods to pay for Part B drugs, enhancing delivery of primary care services through payment incentives, and ways to improve payments and care delivery across Medicare fee-for-service (FFS), Medicare Advantage (MA) and Accountable Care Organization (ACOs).

New CPT Codes for Next Generation Sequencing Procedures on the Horizon for 2015

The American Medical Association's (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel (Panel) announced on March 5 its acceptance of a set of codes that will be used to report testing for large-scale, multianalyte genomic sequencing procedures typically performed using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology.

CMS Seeks Stakeholder Input on Possible DMEPOS Payment Methodology Changes

On Feb. 24, CMS released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments on two potential methodology changes to adjust Medicare fee schedule payment amounts or other Medicare payment amounts for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).

President Releases 2015 Fiscal Year Budget

On March 4, President Obama released his budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year (FY). While Congress is unlikely to engage in a serious budget process this year, the president's budget expresses the administration's priorities and stands as a marker of potential healthcare offsets or "savers" for other legislative initiatives, including a repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

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