The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) announced two attempts to control overpayments. Effective today CMS will stop payment to both hospice and drug insurance plans for the same prescriptions. Susan Jaffe addresses this along with concerns that medicines for the dying may be unduly delayed in "Medicare Seeks to Stop Overpayments For Hospice Patients' Drugs." The story was collaboratively produced by Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post on 5-1-14.
CMS also proposed a rule calling for more transparency of hospital prices. LEARN MORE about both of these CMS actions via Kaiser Health News of 5-1-14.