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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.

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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 3, 2018

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Members who share their time and talents with the Society have a major impact on others, even if they don’t realize it. J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, CMD has made a “powerful difference” in the career of Eric Hasemeier, DO, MBA, CMD—both as a faculty member in the Core Curriculum on Medical Direction program and as...

Health Policy
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.

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Health Policy
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...

Health Policy
July 26, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided notifications to facilities that were determined to be out of compliance with Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for CY 2017. This will impact your FY 2019 Annual Payment Update. Non-compliance notifications were mailed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and placed into QIES CASPER folders on July 9.

If you receive a letter of non-compliance, you may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59 pm PT on August 7. See the instructions in your...

Recorded: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Speakers: Christopher A. Czaja, MD MPH; Nato Tarkhashvili, MD The topics of antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic use are ongoing in the long-term care facility community. This webinar will explore different...
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July 23, 2018

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Traveling the globe as an ambassador of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) is a source of great pride for Society President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD. As she plans to speak at and attend the Nursing Home Research International Working Group Conference in Rome, Italy, this September, she says: “Our role is to interact...

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July 20, 2018

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James Pattee, MD, CMD was a visionary who not only understood the value of the education, training, and certification for physicians practicing post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine; he also realized that these initiatives must evolve over time to accommodate changes in health care,...

Health Policy
July 19, 2018

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2019.  It includes provisions for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2019 as well as the physician fee schedule.  AMDA staff is reading the 1,473-page proposed rule and will develop comments prior to the September 10 deadline.

Here are some highlights of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) proposals:

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