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Health Policy
June 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a request for information (RFI) asking for input on direct provider contracting (DPC) between payers and primary care or multi-specialty groups to inform potential testing of a DPC model within the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program (Medicare Parts A and B), Medicare Advantage program (Medicare Part C), and Medicaid.

The Society submitted a response to the request that noted “direct provider contracting model could be a viable payment model for PALTC clinicians and afford opportunities to incentivize...

Health Policy
June 1, 2018

This week the Society took a significant step forwarding to addressing one its key strategic objectives by applying for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA quality measure funding opportunity. Earlier this year CMS issued the Funding Opportunity to provide technical and funding assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to entities to develop, improve, update, or expand...

Weekly Roundup
June 1, 2018

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It really is no surprise that Society member Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, FACP, CMD, is a 2018 Choosing Wisely® Champion. He has long been committed to quality improvement and seeking opportunities to maximizing care for post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) patients everywhere.

The Choosing Wisely®...

Weekly Roundup
May 25, 2018

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Spotlight: Caring is Purpose in Life for 2018 Medical Director of the Year 

“I’ve found my niche and purpose in life. This is my dream job,” said Dr. Hasemeier, chief executive officer and founder of Dr. Hasemeier and Associates. The work he loves makes a powerful difference, and that is...

Health Policy
May 25, 2018

On Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar that will provide an overview of Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measure development, processes and expectations. This webinar is intended to assist with the development of QCDR measures for future MIPS performance periods. Please know that CMS is not accepting additional QCDR measure submissions for the 2018 performance period. 

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Title: 2018 QCDR Measures Workgroup

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Health Policy
May 25, 2018

Recently, CMS announced that they changed the name of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability performance category:

  • This is not a new performance category.
  • 2018 requirements are the same as what was finalized for the Advancing Care Information performance category. Review the 
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Health Policy
May 25, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their 2018 Annual Report: Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP). The 2018 MDP Annual Report describes CMS activities during the previous year to advance the development of clinician quality measures in accordance with MACRA. In 2017, as required by MACRA, CMS transitioned from three discrete clinician quality programs to the Quality Payment Program, consisting of MIPS and incentive payments for...

Health Policy
May 25, 2018

This week, Senators Susan Collins (R—Maine) and co-sponsor Senator Bob Casey (D—Pennsylvania) introduced the bipartisan Geriatrics Workforce Improve Act (S.2888) in the U.S. Senate. This bill echoes similar bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure communities across the U.S. have access to health professionals and other critical supports improving care for us all as we age. With bipartisan support, swift passage of the bill would take a significant step toward training and supporting a healthcare workforce empowered to improve the quality of...

Spotlight
May 23, 2018

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Eric Hasemeier, DO, CMD, the Society’s 2018 Medical Director of the Year, had a clear goal early in his career. “I wanted to go where I was needed,” he says. And the leadership and staff at the 8 Tennessee-based facilities where he serves as medical director clearly need...

Weekly Roundup
May 18, 2018

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Spotlight: Meet Shark Tank Judges' Winner

Adam Sobol, founder and CEO of CareBand, was always the “weird tech guy” in a family of physicians, but he saw the possibilities for partnerships between technology and medicine. When his father, who is a geriatrician,...