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August 16, 2018

CMS updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to include 2018 Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participant (QP) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) APM status. The tool is updated based on calculations from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and March 31, 2018.

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August 16, 2018

On August 9, CMS issued a proposed rule that would set a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Referred to as “Pathways to Success,” this proposed new direction for the program would redesign the participation options available to:

  • Encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to two-sided models (in which they may share in savings and are accountable for repaying shared losses)
  • Increase savings for the trust funds and mitigate losses
  • Reduce gaming opportunity and increase program integrity
  • Promote regulatory
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August 16, 2018

Live Webinar: MACRA MIPS and APMs: Current Requirements and Proposed Changes

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern

Speakers: Benjamin Chin; Brittany LaCouture; Molly MacHarris

Description:

Senior Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials will present a webinar on August 23 (2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Time) detailing requirements of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as well as the proposed changes for the 2019 program. Free...

August 15, 2018

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Anemia is a common problem in post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) that often gets ignored or dismissed. T.S. Dharmarajan, MD, MACP, AGSF, wants to change that. “Anemia isn’t an illness, rather an indicator of an underlying disorder. It is a common problem that will not get better on its own. If you identify anemia,...

August 17, 2018

AMDA Policy Statement on Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel
These recommendations are based on strong evidence showing a reduction in morbidity and mortality among residents when HCP are appropriately vaccinated against influenza.

Guidance for Developing an Influenza Vaccination Requirement Policy for HCP in LTCF
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August 10, 2018

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“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Society and post-acute and long-term care [PA/LTC] practitioners,” says Stephanie Davis, MS, RD, chief of the LTC Certification & Enforcement Branch at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), about the upcoming webinar, “Utilization of Civil...

August 9, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting applications for participation in the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Incentive Arrangement (MAQI) Demonstration.

The MAQI Demonstration is designed to test whether exempting Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians who participate to a sufficient degree in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) from the MIPS reporting requirements and payment adjustment will increase or maintain participation in payment arrangements similar to Advanced Alternative Payment...

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
  • Advancing
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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...