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February 3, 2017

The Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest to the...

February 3, 2017

As of July 1, 2016, electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is mandatory for all long-term care facilities. You have up to 45 days after the end of the quarter to submit data for Federal Fiscal Quarter 1 (October 1, 2016-December 31, 2016.) The final submission file for this quarter is due on February 14,...

February 3, 2017

This week, the Society worked with the Observation Status Coalition to submit a question during the Senate Finance Committee’s confirmation hearing for Representative Tom Price (R-GA), nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sponsor of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, asked “If confirmed,...

February 3, 2017

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill and a resolution that would prevent the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) process from moving forward. The resolution comes before the February 1st statutory deadline required to discontinue the process.

The IPAB was set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to make recommendations to...

The COPD Management Pocket Guide provides a quick reference to the recognition, assessment, treatment, and monitoring of COPD, with information adapted from the GOLD initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease. The pocket guide also includes an...
This package includes the COPD Management Clinical Practice Guideline, and the COPD Management Pocket Guide. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD caused an estimated...
January 27, 2017

This week, two pieces of legislation were introduced as replacements for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Patient Freedom Act of 2017. While Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 222, the Obamacare Replacement Act...

January 27, 2017

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated guidance for billing Chronic Care Management (CCM) Services. That guidance provided key improvements on 2017 billing of three codes...

January 20, 2017

The Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest to the...

January 20, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the second annual release of the Skilled Nursing Facility Public Use File (Skilled Nursing Facility PUF) with data for 2014. The Skilled Nursing Facility PUF presents summarized information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities. It contains...