Trump Administration Issues Call to Action Based on New Data Detailing COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

Data Underscores Need for Payment Models that Produce Better Health Outcomes  On June 22nd the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is calling for a renewed national commitment to value-based care based on Medicare claims data that provides an early snapshot of the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the Medicare population.  The data released today includes the total number of reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries between January 1 and May 16, 2020.

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CBS 6 Investigates: Attorney says nursing home visitation ban could become legal issue

By Anne McCloy, CBS6 WRGB Albany, June 23 2020 ALBANY NY (WRGB) – As each day passes, families continue to wait on the state government to determine when nursing home visitation can resume across New York State. CBS 6 has profiled two families who want the State to reopen nursing homes, arguing separation from loved ones takes a toll on health and well-being.

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CMS Unveils Major Organizational Change to Reduce Provider and Clinician Burden and Improve Patient Outcomes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Unveils Major Organizational Change to Reduce Provider and Clinician Burden and Improve Patient Outcomes New office to continue agency’s work of reducing regulatory burden to allow providers to focus on patients instead of paperwork and reducing health care costs Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics to unify the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burden and to further the goal of putting patients first.

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Coronavirus deaths at nursing homes like San Miguel in Concord driven by poor oversight

By Sarah Ravani, San Franscisco Chronicle, June 23 2020 San Miguel Villa is a 190-bed nursing home in Concord. One worker and 14 patients have died from the coronavirus.Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Debra Plummer learned with horror while watching TV this week that 14 residents and at least one health care worker at the San Miguel Villa nursing home in Concord have died of COVID-19, and 75 more have been infected with the coronavirus.

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