The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its intent to begin the Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Devices (PMD) Demonstration. For orders written on or after Sept. 1, prior authorization will be required for scooters and power wheelchairs for people with fee-for-service Medicare who reside in California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas — seven states known to have high Medicare fraud and abuse rates. (more…)
August 9th, 2012
For the next three years, 500 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in 44 states will participate in the Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration. From Nov. 1, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2014, these health centers will be paid based on the quality of care they deliver. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said in an Oct. 24 statement that it expects to dole out approximately $42 million for the demonstration, courtesy of the Affordable Care Act.
October 28th, 2011
A new demonstration being offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in partnership with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), gives federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) an opportunity to improve care and earn a little extra money at the same time.
The FQHC Advanced Primary Care Practice (APCP) three-year demonstration is an Affordable Care Act initiative that will test FQHCs’ ability to coordinate care for Medicare patients using a patient-centered medical home model. Beginning Sept. 1, CMS expects to test the effectiveness of doctors and other health care professionals working in teams to improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients in up to 500 FQHCs.
June 10th, 2011