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AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine encourages post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities to strengthen their employee immunization programs to protect employees and patients. The Society has updated its guidance on...
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August 29, 2018

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While the recent wildfires struck a part of California hundreds of miles away from his home and facility, they reminded Timothy Gieseke, MD, CMD, of a time not long ago when a similar disaster threatened his community of Santa Rosa, CA. Looking back, he learned much...

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August 15, 2018

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Anemia is a common problem in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) that often gets ignored or dismissed. T.S. Dharmarajan, MD, MACP, AGSF, wants to change that. “Anemia isn’t an illness, rather an indicator of an underlying disorder. It is a common problem that will not get better on its own. If you identify anemia, more...

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August 9, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting applications for participation in the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Incentive Arrangement (MAQI) Demonstration.

The MAQI Demonstration is designed to test whether exempting Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians who participate to a sufficient degree in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) from the MIPS reporting requirements and payment adjustment will increase or maintain participation in payment arrangements similar to Advanced Alternative Payment...

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August 9, 2018

Proposed changes to the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would increase the amount of time doctors and other clinicians spend with their patients by reducing the burden of Medicare paperwork. During this listening session on Wednesday, August 22, from 1:30 to 3 pm, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) experts will briefly cover three provisions from the proposed rule and address your clarifying questions so you can formulate written comments for formal submission:

  • Streamlining Evaluation and Management (E/M) payment and reducing clinician burden
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August 9, 2018

If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website, go online to view your performance feedback and MIPS final score. Log in using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials; if you don’t have an EIDM account, refer to this guide.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) originally...

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August 9, 2018

The 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Exception Applications for the Merit-based Incentive System (MIPS) Promoting Interoperability performance category and for Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances are available. Submit a hardship exception application by December 31.

Contact the QPP at ...

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August 8, 2018

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“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Society and post-acute and long-term care [PALTC] practitioners,” says Stephanie Davis, MS, RD, chief of the LTC Certification & Enforcement Branch at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), about the upcoming webinar, “Utilization of Civil Monetary...

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August 2, 2018

CMS officials will host a webinar outlining requirements for quality reporting under the 2018 (Year 2) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) on Monday, August 6, from 1-2 pm. The webinar will cover topics including category requirements, scoring details, and data submission mechanisms.

Register now for this webinar....

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August 2, 2018

On July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining fiscal year (FY) 2019 Medicare payment updates and quality program changes for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and implementing sweeping payment changes known as the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). The Society has been actively engaged with other stakeholders on the development of this new model...