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April 18, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding a webinar on Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 3 PM ET. The purpose of the webinar is to provide an overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including:

  • MIPS APMs in 2019
  • APM scoring standard and MIPS performance category requirements
  • APM information in the QPP Participation Status Tool
  • Additional resources and how to learn more

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Health Policy
April 18, 2019

This week, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), posted a blog about CMS’ efforts to ensure quality and safety in nursing homes. The administrator noted that CMS will be undertaking a comprehensive review of regulations, guidelines, internal structures, and processes related to safety and quality. “We have demonstrated our commitment to this path by developing a five-part plan to ensure the care provided in America’s nursing homes is of the highest...

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Helping patients make wise choices about their care has always been a passion for Society members such as David...

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April 16, 2019

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The AMDA On-The-Go podcast on deprescribing, recorded live at the Society’s annual conference in Atlanta, GA, last month, started with laughter and fun as host Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, and guest Daniel Haimowitz, MD, CMD, joked about using an applause sign to trigger audience response. However, the conversation...

Health Policy
April 11, 2019

The data submission period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed on April 2. If you submitted data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website, you can review your preliminary performance feedback data. Your final score and feedback will be available in July. Between now and June 30, your score could change based on:

  • Special status scoring considerations
  • All-cause readmission measure for the quality performance category
  • ...
Health Policy
April 11, 2019

A study, Assessing First Visits By Physicians To Medicare Patients Discharged To Skilled Nursing Facilities, published in the April edition of Health Affairs, examined the timeliness of the first visit after discharge from an acute care facility. The authors from the University of Pennsylvania found that while the majority of patients were seen either by a physician or an advanced practitioner within the first four days, some patients were not seen, which affected outcomes and mortality.

While...

Health Policy
April 11, 2019

National Healthcare Decisions Day educates the public and providers about the importance of Advance Care Planning (ACP). For example, did you know that ACP services can be billed to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule?

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Health Policy
April 4, 2019

This week, the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (HCP LAN) announced that the Roadmap for Driving High Performance in Alternative Payment Models is now live and available for use. This roadmap lets you explore this interactive, web-based tool, which is full of promising practices and strategies to help payers, providers, and others accelerate the design and implementation of successful Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  

You can view the  roadmap by following...