Health Care Financing Administration


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Health Care Fi·nanc·ing Ad·min·is·tra·tion (HCFA),

(helth kār fī'nans-ing ad-min'is-trā'shŭn),
The federal agency that determines reimbursement for federal programs.

Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)

the branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs. HCFA sets the coverage policy, payment, and other guidelines and directs the activities of government contractors (e.g., carriers and fiscal intermediaries).

Health Care Financing Administration

See CMS/HCFA.

Cen·ters for Med·i·care and Med·i·caid Ser·vices

(CMS) (sen'tĕrz med'i-kār med'i-kād sĕr'vi-sĕz)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that manages the federal health care programs of Medicare and Medicaid; before July 2001, known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

Health Care Financing Administration,

n.pr department in the U.S. agency of Health and Human Services responsible for the oversight of the Medicaid and Medicare benefit programs, including guidelines, payment, and coverage policies.
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They pursue these cases with a sense of mission and are usually tougher than the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in imposing best practices standards on SNFs that go beyond OBRA and its tags.
After considerable debate, the House resolved that "the American Medical Association urge the Health Care Financing Administration to encourage Medicare carriers to utilize as Hearing Officers licensed physicians of the same specialty and in the same geographical area as that of the physician who requests the fair hearing.
The first was a mandate on the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to issue final rules phasing out "intergovernmental transfers," a Medicaid loophole allowing states to boost their Medicaid rates to attract more federal matching funds, with the states then recouping the "extra" money to spend on various programs.
The commission provides accreditation under the auspices of the federal Health Care Financing Administration.
The proposed inclusion of cost-effectiveness as a criterion in coverage decisions by the Health Care Financing Administration and the cost concerns of private insurers have prompted pharmaceutical firms and medical device manufacturers to sponsor cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA).
The hospital is designated as a "sole community provider" by the Health Care Financing Administration and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Spencer Abraham (R-MI)--might help rein in the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), an agency many providers believe often oversteps its legal bounds.
In addition, the federal Health Care Financing Administration is determining whether Ventura County will lose up to $15 million in medical reimbursements claimed during the eight months the merger was in effect.
Isolated groups, they said, could easily be picked off by hostile forces from the Health Care Financing Administration or other third-party payers.
But the federal Health Care Financing Administration said the merger violated federal guidelines for seeking health-care reimbursements.
Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was appointed to various financial management positions and rose steadily through the ranks to the positions of Financial Management Officer and then Executive Officer for the Health Care Financing Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal Health Care Financing Administration ruled late last year that the merger was not in compliance with government standards and said the county stood to lose up to $15 million in Medicare and other health care reimbursements.

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