CMS Asked to Explain Nursing Home Self-Reporting

The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), sent a letter to CMS asking the agency to provide a briefing by September 16th on its decision to allow nursing homes to self-report on staffing and quality measures in connection with the agency’s Five-Star Rating System.

Federal Health Care Spending Trends are Mixed

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest report on medical spending included projections that are $9 billion lower for fiscal year (FY) 2014 than over previous projections and $11 billion lower over ten years. Differing projections for Medicaid show a rise of 15% or about a $40 billion increase for FY 2014, primarily due to the expansion of Medicaid in states electing such expansion under the PPACA. Another analysis of cost increases for large employer health plans by Towers Watson also showed some slowing of cost increases in 2015 to about 4%, down from 5% this year.

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