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Labor Department Finalizes ‘White Collar’ Rule

May 19, 2016

The Department of Labor this week finalized the “white collar” rule, which increases the salary threshold for workers who qualify for overtime pay. The final rule raises the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 ($47,476 per year) (which is less tha


CMS Allows Telehealth Use for Medicaid Home Health Services

February 17, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized a rule requiring a Medicaid enrollee seeking coverage for home health services to meet face-to-face with a practitioner, which may occur via telehealth as implemented by the state.


CBO Study: Medicare Enrollment Skyrocketing as Nation Ages

February 3, 2016

The Congressional Budget Office recently released projections showing Medicare enrollment is expected to grow by more than 30 percent within the next 10 years, concurrently with an increase in the number of the nation’s older adults.


GAO Report: New Part B Drugs Costly for Beneficiaries

December 2, 2015

Expenditures for new drugs were concentrated among just a few drugs and most were costly for Medicare beneficiaries, shows a new Government Accountability Office investigation.


Study: Rethinking Long-Term Care Financing Necessary to Create More Attractive Options

November 17, 2015

Although there is no ideal solution, more Americans would have a greater incentive to purchase long-term care plans if those plans were changed and their costs reduced, according to a new study that offers potential consumer choices by examining three new


Medicare Open Enrollment Spurs Scammers to Target Older Adults

November 12, 2015

It’s Medicare open enrollment season through December 7 allowing Medicare recipients to comparison shop and change plans, but it’s also a time when scammers take advantage of older consumers through deceptive practices.


CMS Asks for Feedback on Revisions to Patient Discharge Requirements

November 4, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is asking for feedback on a proposal to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, including long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals and home h


Senate Hearing: Healthcare Fraud a ‘Pervasive Problem’

October 28, 2015

Criminal enterprises are a pervasive problem in fraud schemes involving home health, durable medical equipment, prescription drugs, transportation and medical clinic settings, and the government is taking steps to stem some of these problems, according to


Study: Medicare Drug Plan Participants Will See Premium Increases

October 20, 2015

Consumers can expect to see changes in Medicare prescription drug plans (PDP), according to new analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and culled from the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services data.


Argentum Opposes CMS Arbitration Proposal

October 20, 2015

Argentum has filed comments opposing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed regulations that would revise the requirements for long term care facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid.


CMS: Accountable Care Organizations Generate Savings

September 3, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released 2014 quality and financial performance results for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, saying the results show that ACOs are improving quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.


Medicare Solvent Until 2030, But Part B Premiums to Increase

July 29, 2015

Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, according to a new Medicare Trustees report. This remains largely unchanged from last year’s projections, but with an improved long-term outlook. The trust fund will remain solvent

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