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April 2019

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Our e-newsletter for Enterprise Risk Management, Claim Settlement and Healthcare Solutions.

  • CMS Updates Drug Dashboards

    On March 14, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Drug Spending Dashboards with data for 2017. CMS’s recent version of the drug dashboards adds information on the manufacturers that are responsible for price increases and includes pricing and spending data for thousands more drugs across Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid.  Read more >>

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  • Ohio Sentences A Workers Compensation Fraudster.  On March 15, 2019, A Cleveland-area man was sentenced to seven months in prison and ordered to repay nearly $246,000 in disability benefits he fraudulently received from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Social Security Administration. View article…    

  • New Program Improves Chronic Pain, Eliminates Opioids.   Patients with chronic pain may benefit from an interdisciplinary approach that combines physical exercise, lectures, and counseling.  View article...  
  • Few Physicians Using CMS Advance Care Planning CodesPhysicians' and other qualifying providers' use of advance care planning (ACP) codes for Medicare beneficiaries is increasing but remains below 3%, according to two studies published on March 11, 2019 in JAMA Internal MedicineView article...  
  • CMS launches Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes ChallengeOn March 27, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new competition that aims to accelerate innovative solutions to better predict health outcomes and improve the quality of care for patients.   View article...  

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