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Health Policy
June 28, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL). The DEL is a new CMS database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Using this free, centralized resource, the public for the first time can view the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute care facilities (such as nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals) to collect as part of the health assessment of their patients. These assessments include questions and response options (data elements) about patients, including demographics,...

Health Policy
June 28, 2018

Long-Stay Hospitalization Quality Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to focus on reducing hospitalizations to improve the health and safety of nursing home residents. Over the last several years, CMS has launched initiatives aimed at reducing hospitalizations, such as the...

Health Policy
June 28, 2018

This week the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee held a mark =-up hearing that included The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA).  H.R. 1676, introduced by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Buddy Carter (R-GA), directs the Department of Health and Human Services to award grants to improve the training of health professionals in palliative care. The bill also increases education and awareness about the benefits and services of palliative care and enhances research on palliative care through leveraging existing authorities...

Spotlight
June 26, 2018

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Every day, post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) practitioners look at problems and challenges and think “What if?” This leads to innovative, creative solutions and, in Allison Gustavson’s case, a Society Quality Improvement (QI) Award, which is designed to encourage the development of innovative projects that will make a...

Health Policy
June 21, 2018

In line with the Administration’s goals to continue to remove administrative burdens, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) on how the physician self-referral law (better known as the Stark Law) exemptions are working and what changes are needed to reduce barriers to care coordination for alternative payment models (APM).

“Removing unnecessary government obstacles to care coordination is a key priority for this Administration,” said Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan. “We need to change the healthcare system...

Health Policy
June 21, 2018

Last week, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar responded to a number of Alternative Payment Model (APM) proposals recommended by the Physician-Focused Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). While the secretary felt very positive about PTAC’s work, he rejected the proposals that were submitted. He noted that the majority of recommendations were for “limited-scale” testing and lacked enough data to estimate costs and savings or the size of penalties that doctors would have to pay for poor performance. Despite the overall negative response, Secretary Azar expressed...

Health Policy
June 21, 2018

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports are now available. Visit the Spotlights and Announcements webpage for a list of quality measures based on quarterly data. Make sure to review your performance data by July 1, prior to public display on Nursing Home...

Health Policy
June 21, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Quality Payment Program Look-Up Tool with 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility and Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participant (QP) data. Clinicians, enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) to find out:

  • Whether you need to participate in MIPS in 2018
  • Your Predictive QP status

You can also check 2018 MIPS clinician eligibility at the group level and APM Predictive QP status...

Spotlight
June 21, 2018

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“We want people to roll up their sleeves and talk medicine at this meeting,” says Michele Bellantoni, MD, CMD, about the Society’s 2019 Annual Conference, set for March 7-10 in Atlanta, GA. There is still time to submit a proposal to present at the conference, and Dr. Bellantoni, chair of the Annual Conference Program...

Weekly Roundup
June 15, 2018

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The National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan) has tools and resources to help practitioners prevent ADEs and improve the quality of life for their patients. Dr. Donna Lisi and Nicole Skyer-Brandwene, MS, RPh, BCPS, CCP, will discuss that during a June 27 Society webinar...