Digital Standards and Operating Rules adopted by HHS under HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required HHS to establish digital standards for business-related tasks like submitting claims and getting paid. The goal is to reduce paperwork and streamline business processes across the health care system.
Standards allow information to be shared digitally in consistent ways. With common standards for content and formats, information moves quickly as it is shared between providers and health plans in predictable ways.
All health plans, other payers, …

Affordable Care Act payment model continues to improve care, lower costs

On August 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new analysis demonstrating that the Independence at Home Demonstration continues to provide high quality primary care services for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries in the home setting while saving the Medicare program money. The Independence at Home Demonstration is a patient-centered model that supports providers in caring for chronically ill patients in their own homes.
The CMS analysis found that, for the second performance …

Medicare announces participants in effort to improve access, quality of care in rural areas

On August 4th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the participants in the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration, an effort to increase access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in areas of the country where access to health services can be limited because of distance from providers. Ten critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota will participate in the Demonstration, which begins this August. The FCHIP Demonstration is …

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