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Feds release doctor-specific payment data

The federal government is weighing requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose Medicare payment and performance data for doctors, Medscape reported.

Seniors worried about plan cancellations

About 58 percent of seniors, including those over the age of 65, are worried that their health plan may be cancelled because it doesn't meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

Updated SGR repeal plans draw political controversy

Legislation that would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) may be in jeopardy after Republicans inserted language that would delay the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring that all individuals obtain health insurance,  NPR  reported.

Feds investigate 'patient dumping' law compliance

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights convened last week to determine if hospitals across the country are violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act by "dumping" mentally ill and other patients.

MedPAC: Despite temporary drop, overall imaging volume up for the decade

While the imaging volume for Medicare beneficiaries temporarily fell from 2011 to 2012, the level at which these services are being used is still much higher than it was a decade ago.

Feds settle $1.5M civil monetary penalty case amid efforts to widen authority

Physiatrist Joseph A. Raia, M.D. agreed to repay $1.5 million in assessments and civil monetary penalties (CMP) and accept a 15-year exclusion from federal healthcare programs to settle allegations of defrauding Medicare, the Office of Inspector General announced.

Feds raid offices of radiology company implicated in Medicare fraud

Federal agents last week raided the corporate headquarters of a New York-based radiology company, seizing records associated with an investigation into allegations that the company engaged in fraud by overbilling Medicare for its services.

Proposed bill protects hospitals from 'federal contractor' designation

A proposed bill may keep the government from classifying hospitals  and healthcare providers as federal contractors or subcontractors  because they receive federal payments.

ACR, 40 other orgs urge CMS to cover lung cancer screening

The American College of Radiology, along with 40 other medical organizations, is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide Medicare coverage of low-dose CT screening for patients at high-risk for lung cancer.

Readmission penalty bill aims to protect hospitals with low-income patients

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), along with a bipartisan group of legislators, introduced a bill this week to adjust the formula the Department of Health and Human Services uses to penalize hospitals with high readmission rates.