News Summary 7.21.18

Submitted by hm_admin on Sat, 07/21/2018 - 17:19

Modern HealthcareCMS proposal to bring clarity to Medicare provider application: The CMS announced revisions to the provider Medicare enrollment application to add coherence and a more logical flow. "What CMS is trying to do is achieve several goals, one of them being to stop erroneous enrollment."

Healthcare InformaticsCMS broadened key definition to fit telehealth reimbursement plans: CMS redefined “communication technology-based services” to legally get around previous telehealth reimbursement blockades. The proposed changes will be effective January 1, 2019.

Specialty Pharmacy TimesDrugs with highest spend in Medicare Part D cost rapidly rising: The most expensive drugs in Medicare Part D rose by almost one-third between 2011 and 2015, a new report found.  Though fewer patients use these drugs, costs continue to soar, estimated to reach $40 billion annually by 2020.

New York TimesBone density screening recommendations vary: New guidelines suggest all women 65 years and older undergo bone density screenings but found insufficient evidence to recommend the same for men.  The tests, covered by Medicare, help determine risks factors for osteoporosis and fractures.