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June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 21 from 2 to 3 pm ET

Register    for Medicare Learning Network events.

During this call, learn more about the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (...

Health Policy
June 15, 2018

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 roadmap outlining efforts to address this issue of national concern. In this roadmap, they detail their three-pronged approach to combating the opioid epidemic, focusing on:

  • Prevention of new cases of opioid use
  • ...
Health Policy
June 15, 2018

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) performance scores into incentive payments for the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program. CMS has adopted the logistic exchange function as the method that will be used to translate SNF performance scores into value-based incentive payments beginning in October 2018 (FY 2019)....

Health Policy
June 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who receive antipsychotic medication, excluding residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, or Tourette’s syndrome. In the...

Health Policy
June 15, 2018

At its Annual House of Delegates (HoD) meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) passed policy to develop post-acute/long-term care (PALTC)-specific alternative payment models (APMs). Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, the Society’s delegate to the AMA, brought the resolution forward and testified, asking for the AMA to advocate for a PA-only type model within the Advanced Bundled Payment for Care Initiative (BPCI). Rather than adopting that policy, the AMA Council on Medical Service recommended that AMA work with interested specialty societies to develop PALTC-specific APMs. The exact language...

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June 13, 2018

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Adverse drug events [ADEs] are not only a tremendous financial drain, but they also can alter a person’s life. Patients need advocates, and clinicians should take on this role and do everything they can to keep people safe, says Donna Lisi, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, BCGP...

Health Policy
June 7, 2018

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 upcoming meeting on June 10-13 in Chicago, Illinois will once again consider two resolutions from the Society – Enabling Attending Physicians to Waive the Three Midnight Rule for Patients Receiving Care Within Downside Risk Sharing...

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June 8, 2018

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Dr. Billy Dodd wore many hats—physician, Society founder, leader, teacher, mentor, innovator, speaker, and—of course—jazz pianist. “While I never knew Billy Dodd well, I do remember his great performances on the piano during several annual meetings,” says Paul Katz, MD, CMD,...

Health Policy
June 1, 2018

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 2016 dataset includes:

  • Information on utilization, payment, and submitted charges organized by National Provider Identifier, Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code, and
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Health Policy
June 1, 2018

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 Medicare policy, a beneficiary must have an “inpatient” hospital stay of at least three days for Medicare to cover skilled nursing care. Patients who receive hospital care on “observation status” do not qualify for this benefit, even if their hospital stay lasts longer than three days. These...