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Medicare Bonuses For Quality Care Going To Fewer Hospitals In 2017

KHN Morning Briefing

More than 1,600 hospitals will earn the rewards, federal officials announce, but that is about 200 fewer than in 2016. In addition, the number of hospitals being penalized under the program is growing. Medicare officials also announce final rules for hospital off-site facilities and choose new private contractors to audit hospital billing.

Senators Release Bipartisan Plan To Revamp Medicare Coverage For Chronic Diseases

KHN Morning Briefing

Treating chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of the nation’s health care spending so the senators’ efforts to make Medicare policy more efficient could help both the patient and the budget. Also, federal officials are temporarily blocking more insurers from automatically switching customers to Medicare.

Medicare Pilot Project Allows Patients To Have Hospice Care While Also Seeking Cures

KHN Morning Briefing

The experiment is designed to encourage more beneficiaries with terminal diseases to use hospice care, which has been shown to improve the quality of life, even if they don’t want to give up on fighting their disease. Also, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell says Medicare will expand some of its alternative payment models.

Medicare Temporarily Stops More Insurers From Automatically Enrolling Beneficiaries

KHN Morning Briefing

In the “seamless conversion” process, insurers switch marketplace customers to Medicare Advantage plans as the customers reach the age of 65 and become eligible for Medicare. But advocates complain that some seniors would rather be in traditional Medicare or may not know that they have been switched. Also in Medicare news, a federal audit finds problems in payments to chiropractors, Iowa officials say two Medicare supplement companies misled potential customers and federal officials find problems with Medicare Advantage online directories.