CMS Delays Implementation of New Payment Models (Again)
On March 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule delaying (i) the effective date of several new Medicare payment models developed by the CMS Innovation Center to advance care coordination, and (ii) the implementation of updates to an additional existing model. (Kenneth Yood and Rachel Landauer/National Law Review)

Want To Live Past 100? Centenarians Share Secrets Of Knee Bends And Nips Of Scotch
Genetics and behaviors do play roles in determining why some people live to be 100 or older while others don’t, but they aren’t guarantees. And now, as increasing numbers are reaching triple digits, figuring out the mysteries of longevity has taken on new importance among researchers. (Sharon Jayson/Kaiser Health News)

Pre-Claim Paused in Illinois, Delayed in Florida
One day before the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) was set to begin in Florida, the program has been put on pause, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday. (Amy Baxter/Home Health Care News)

Nursing Homes Joust Over Fee Proposal: “Granny Tax” or Funding Lifeline?
Nursing homes that are stretched thin as they care for Medicaid residents are asking lawmakers to approve a fee on their facilities that would allow Texas to get hundreds of millions of matching federal dollars to boost their low reimbursements. (Peggy Fikac/My San Antonio)

The Evolving Role of mHealth in Medication Management and Adherence
Healthcare providers are using a variety of digital health tools to help patients take their medications and remain on a care plan. The consequences of non-adherence can be costly - and deadly. (mHealth Intelligence)