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August 9, 2018

Proposed changes to the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would increase the amount of time doctors and other clinicians spend with their patients by reducing the burden of Medicare paperwork. During this listening session on Wednesday, August 22, from 1:30 to 3 pm, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) experts will briefly cover three provisions from the proposed rule and address your clarifying questions so you can formulate written comments for formal submission:

  • Streamlining Evaluation and Management (E/M) payment and reducing clinician burden
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Health Policy
August 9, 2018

If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website, go online to view your performance feedback and MIPS final score. Log in using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials; if you don’t have an EIDM account, refer to this guide.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) originally...

Health Policy
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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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.

Register now for this webinar....

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...

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July 31, 2018

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Members who share their time and talents with the Society have a powerful impact on others, even if they don’t realize it. Just ask Eric Hasemeier, DO, MBA, CMD, the Society’s 2018 Medical Director of the Year.

When Dr. Hasemeier went through the Core Curriculum on Medical Direction program several years ago, J....

A team of nationally recognized long-term care researchers from Brown University, Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, CMD, and Vincent Mor, PhD, are undertaking a large-scale quality improvement study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine...
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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July 10, 2018

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If the Foundation’s Quality Improvement and Health Outcomes (QIHO) Awards had a face, it might be that of Marian McNamara, RN. She and her colleagues have received this honor four times in the last five years, and McNamara embodies the innovation, creativity, passion, and teamwork that the award was designed to empower....

Health Policy
July 5, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar to provide an overview and demonstration of the Data Element Library (DEL). A resource for providers, vendors, researchers, and other stakeholders that use CMS assessments, the DEL supports interoperability and the exchange and reuse of data across post-acute care and other providers by using common assessment standards and definitions to facilitate coordinated care and improved health outcomes.

The webinar is being held Wednesday, July 11, from 1 to 2 pm ET.

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