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July 5, 2018

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback is now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted an additional resource on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their MIPS 2019 payment adjustment based on their 2017 performance. The...

Spotlight
July 3, 2018

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Mark E. Williams, MD, CMD, doesn’t back away from challenges. In fact, he seems to relish them. Providing quality care for his patients is his incentive, and the results have been impressive. In three years, he took his facility—the Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, N.C.—from a 1-star to a 5-star rating...

Health Policy
June 28, 2018

The Society joined with the LTPAC HIT Collaborative to submit comments in response to CMS’ request for information (RFI) on interoperability. The Collaborative is a public-private group of stakeholder organizations representing associations, providers, policy-makers, researchers, vendors, and professionals with a mission to coordinate the sector and maintain alignment with the national priorities. The Collaborative was formed in 2005 to advance health information technology (HIT) issues by encouraging coordination among provider organizations, policy-makers, vendors, payers, and other...

Health Policy
June 28, 2018

Since 2005, members of the LTPAC HIT Collaborative—a partnership of public-private group of stakeholder organizations representing associations, providers, policy-makers, researchers, vendors, and professionals with a mission to coordinate the sector and maintain alignment with the national priorities—have gathered to discuss how to move adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) in the post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) space.

This year’s Summit looked beyond the PALTC space and invited the acute care partners to be part of that conversation. Representatives from...

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

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...