CMS Office of the Actuary releases 2017-2026 Projections of National Health Expenditures

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Today the independent CMS Office of the Actuary released the projected national health expenditures for 2017-2026.

National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5 percent annually over 2017-2026, according to a report published today as an “Ahead Of Print” by Health Affairs and authored by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS New Medicare Card – webinar Feb. 28

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From April 2018 to April 2019, older adults will receive new Medicare cards from CMS. To help protect elders from identity theft, these new cards will replace social security numbers with Medicare numbers that are unique to each beneficiary.

Follow the CMS Medicare messaging guidelines (PDF, 106 KB, 3 pp) to share these changes with elders in your community. To help prevent identity theft, remind elders to guard their cards.

This webinar focuses on the implementation of the new Medicare card and its impact throughout Indian Country.

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Hospice QRP Resource Documents Now Available

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HQRP Fiscal Year 2020 Requirements Fact Sheet Now Available

This fact sheet outlines specific compliance requirements for Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) for the Fiscal Year 2020 reporting year (data collection period 1/1/18 -12/31/18), to support providers in compliance with HQRP requirements.

HQRP Quarterly Update Document for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 Now Available

Five breaches add up to millions in settlement costs for entity that failed to heed HIPAA’s risk analysis and risk management rules

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Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan, in order to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. FMCNA is a provider of products and services for people with chronic kidney failure with over 60,000 employees that serves over 170,000 patients.

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