Katie Sullivan, MA

Articles

$10 Billion in CMS Funding Aimed at Healthcare Innovation

August 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act was implemented to change healthcare in the United States. In order to support that change, the government established the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)-a sector of the government agency that aims to incentivize innovation among providers and payers.

HHS: Many Insurers Exaggerate the Health Conditions of Medicare Advantage Patients

August 14, 2014

HHS said that many Medicare Advantage plans wrongly inflated patient risk scores, costing the government billions. Although no insurers were specifically named, HHS researchers said it was evident that the practice of overbilling was occurring industry wide.

US EHR Adoption Slow, but Steady

August 13, 2014

With the speed at which technology advances, it can be surprising that the majority of US medical records are not yet available electronically - but the nation is gradually making the transition to great electronic health record (EHR) use.

Continued Scrutiny Over Sovaldi, Other HCV Treatment Costs

August 05, 2014

A new report suggests that the cost of hepatitis C (HCV) drugs -including Gilead Sciences Inc.'s $1,000-a-day treatment Sovaldi-will increase federal spending for Medicare Part D as much as $3 to $6 billion in 2015.

Stakeholders' Interest in Bundled Payment Program Rises

August 01, 2014

CMS has announced that it will nearly double the number of candidates in its bundled payment program. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the program aims to reduce care costs and improve patients' quality of care by offering providers with an alternative to the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model.