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CMS to Host IMPACT Act: Frequently Asked Questions Call — June 21

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:20
Health Policy Skilled Nursing Care, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners, Quality Thursday, June 21 from 2 to 3 pm ET Register ...

CMS Releases Roadmap to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:17
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Medication, Opioids, Pain Management, Practitioners Although some progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the crisis is not slowing down. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a...

Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program Exchange Function Analyses Report Now Available

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:15
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a technical report to provide additional details on the empirical analyses that were considered when developing and finalizing the logistic exchange function that will be used to translate Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)...

Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes: Trend Update

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:11
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Dementia, Antipsychotics, Practitioners The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia...

AMA HoD Passes Policy to Develop PA/LTC Alternative Payment Models

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:08
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Alternative Payment Models (APM), Practitioners At its Annual House of Delegates (HoD) meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) passed policy to develop post-acute/long-term care (PA/LTC)-specific alternative payment models (APMs). Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, the Society’s delegate to the AMA, brought the resolution forward and testified,...

SNF Provider Preview Report: Review Your Data by June 30

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:14
Health Policy Skilled Nursing Care, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports are now available; visit the ...

Reminder: MIPS Preliminary Performance Feedback Data Is Available

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:12
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners Visit the CMS QPP Website to View Your MIPS Preliminary Performance Feedback Data The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind you that if you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the...

Join CMS for a Webinar to Learn More about the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:09
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ETRegistration Link: ...

CMS Says Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:06
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Health Information Technology (HIT), Practitioners The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) – exceeding their goal of 90 percent participation. The...

Society Resolutions to be Considered at AMA House of Delegates Meeting

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:03
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Health Information Technology (HIT), Practitioners AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has been a very active participant within the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HoD) for many years. The...

CMS Releases 2016 Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:23
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Coding, Reimbursement, & Documentation, Practitioners The Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (PUF) contains summarized information on Part B services and procedures furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals. The ...

Support Observation Status Legislation

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:20
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Observation Status Congressmen Joe Courtney (D-CT), Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have co-sponsored legislation to fix an arbitrary Medicare policy that excludes coverage of skilled nursing care. Under current...

Society Submits Comments on Direct Provider Contracting RFI

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:18
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Practitioners The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a request for information (RFI) asking for input on direct provider contracting (DPC) between payers and primary care or multi-specialty groups to inform potential testing of a DPC model within the Medicare fee-for-service...

Society Submits Application for MACRA Grant Funding

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:08
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality, Improvement This week the Society took a significant step forwarding to addressing one its key strategic objectives by applying for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA quality measure funding opportunity. Earlier this year CMS issued the...

Join CMS at a 2018 QCDR Measures Workgroup to Learn More about 2019 QCDR Measure Development, Processes, and Expectations

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:12
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality, Measures On Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar that will provide an overview of Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measure development, processes and expectations. This webinar is intended to assist with the development...

MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Webinar — June 12

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:36
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality, Measures Recently, CMS announced that they changed the name of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting...

CMS Releases Annual Quality Measure Development Plan

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:32
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their 2018 Annual Report: Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP). The 2018 MDP Annual Report describes CMS...

Advocacy Action Alert: Bipartisan Geriatrics Workforce Legislation Introduced in Senate

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:27
Health Policy Care Settings/Types, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners This week, Senators Susan Collins (R—Maine) and co-sponsor Senator Bob Casey (D—Pennsylvania) introduced the bipartisan Geriatrics Workforce Improve Act (S.2888) in the U.S. Senate. This bill echoes similar bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure...