CMS Adds Administrative Simplification Fact Sheet And Infographic On Its Website

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been actively trying to strengthen their online presence on the topic of HIPAA Administrative Simplification over the last few months. A few months earlier, CMS successfully launched a new website, which was entirely dedicated for Administrative Simplification. The website launched by CMS contains information on covered entities, a FAQ page, and several educational materials on electronic business transaction standards. CMS recently made a few more additions to the website with the sole purpose of improving the understanding of the least-known provision of HIPAA, which…Read more …

HBMA Testifies On Health Plan IDs

A non-profit, educational resource and advocacy group, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) recently participated in a hearing, which was conducted by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). HBMA actually represents third-party billing professionals and medical billers. The Government Relations Committee Member of HBMA, Dave Nicholson also went on to submit a testimony to the NCVHS Subcommittee regarding standards on the issue of restarting or resuming Health Plan ID implementation during the hearing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had earlier delayed the implementation of regulations that…Read more …

Congress Announces Bipartisan Agreement On $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The Congress has declared a new bipartisan agreement on a compilation of appropriations Bill used to support the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Since the previous year, the Congress has been actively involved in passing short-term Continuing Resolutions (CR) for funding the government. A recently passed CR has expired and the Congress has made a provision by passing a one-week CR for completing the Bill. With this new $1.1 trillion Bill, the overall defense spending, which is one of the main priorities of the Trump Administration, is expected to increase…Read more …

CMS Publishes Final Rule For Stabilizing ACA Exchange Marketplaces

It seemed that Tom Price was eager to oversee the transition of the government away from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he was elected as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Additionally, reports also indicated that he also wanted to implement a new act to replace the ACA. However, Tom Price has actually been trying to stabilize the Healthcare Exchange market of ACA for next year in the first months of his tenure. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule…Read more …

The American Healthcare Act Passed By House Republicans

The American Healthcare Act (AHCA) is hot discussion in the healthcare industry today. The House Republicans had canceled voting on the bill previously, as there were not enough members committed to support the bill earlier. However, on May 4, the House Representatives have passed AHCA by a vote of 217 against 213, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republicans were continuing their efforts to bring the holdout members on board to pass the bill. After the vote was cancelled, President Trump said that he would pressurize the Congress to move…Read more …

HHS Launches New Website For Empowering Patients

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled their latest website hhs.gov that provides highlighted and detailed information concerning the efforts of the administration in fostering and improving insurance markets for individuals. Along with that, it also assists individuals to buy insurance using individual and small business insurance exchanges. The newly launched website also offers all the relevant information about the numerous programs and services, grants, and contracts as well as the various laws and regulations that exist in healthcare. President Donald Trump upon taking charge in the office has put…Read more …

CMS Publishes Final ACA Enrollment Figures

January 31 marked the official conclusion of the third open enrollment period for the health insurances that were sold on the exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. The final open enrollment report by the CMS shed more details on the total ACA enrollment figures. CMS’s report indicated that approximately 12.2 million people in the country enrolled for health insurance coverage through both state and federal exchanges during the enrollment period of 2017. However, the total number of enrollments for the year 2017 was estimated to be about 500,000 less than the enrollment…Read more …