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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

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...

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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...

Health Policy
June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 21 from 2 to 3 pm ET

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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)....