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CMS proposes slight uptick in dialysis payments for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a modest payment bump to hospital dialysis centers for calendar year 2015.

Do Medicare patients benefit from skyrocketing mammo costs?

The costs to Medicare to cover mammography screening skyrocketed in the first decade of the 21 st  Century, according to a study published online July 1 in the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

CMS seeks to change Medicare home health payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposal to update Medicare's home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates, which include national per-visit rates and the nonroutine medical supply conversion factor.

Catching Miami Vice: Fraud scheme recruiters, solicitors busted

Fraud schemes have kept law enforcement agents busy in Florida, where recent news focused on actions against recruiters and those who hired them to round up customers for health insurance scams.

OIG: Fight fraud to increase savings

In the second year of implementation, the Fraud Prevention System (FPS), established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, reported $54.2 million of actual and projected savings to the Medicare fee-for-service program, according to a  report released today by the Office of Inspector General.

Hospitals move from the city to the 'burbs

Over the past 25 years, hospitals have left urban areas with high populations of low-income and disabled residents to move to less populated suburban areas.

CMS gives pharmacists green light to bill incident-to docs

In an effort to make the patient-centered medical home model more financially viable for practices, Medicare officially granted permission for pharmacists to bill their patient-care services incident-to a physician, according to an announcement from the American Pharmacists Association.  

'Rock Doc' learns Medicare's no stairway to heaven

Miami Beach's "Rock Doc," the flamboyant Christopher Gregory Wayne, D.O., was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for Medicare fraud. The court ordered him to repay more than $1.5...

CMS extends funding for low-volume hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended a program to boost payments to hospitals with low Medicare inpatient volumes,  according to   a notice in the  Federal Register.

Feds pursue power wheelchair abuses

Medical equipment suppliers, working in cahoots with doctors, have often been caught executing get-rich-quick schemes involving power wheelchairs. They're profitable scams, since suppliers can buy motorized chairs for $900 each but bill Medicare about $6,000 per item, Medscape reported.