CMS Administrator Seema Verma, in remarks on the death of adviser Dan Best, said Best's passing us "a loss to our country, and to all of us personally who had the great privilege of working with Dan," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer is more likely to lead to cancer recurrence and death than open abdominal surgery, according to new research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results, which have been circulating among cancer specialists, are already prompting changes at cancer practices, according to the New York Times.
A CDC study published Thursday suggests U.S. hospitals lowered hospital-acquired infection rates since the ACA's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was implemented in 2012—but some infections are proving more difficult to reduce than others.
CMS' Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule includes changes to evaluation and management (E/M) visit payments, an initial 3% reduction in Medicare Part B payments for new drugs, new codes to expand providers' telehealth billing options, and more.