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June 18, 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...

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 (...

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
  • ...
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)....

June 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who receive antipsychotic medication, excluding residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, or Tourette’s syndrome. In the...

June 15, 2018

At its Annual House of Delegates (HoD) meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) passed policy to develop post-acute/long-term care (PA/LTC)-specific alternative payment models (APMs). Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, the Society’s delegate to the AMA, brought the resolution forward and testified, asking for the AMA to advocate for a PA-only type model within the Advanced Bundled Payment for Care Initiative (BPCI). Rather than adopting that policy, the AMA Council on Medical Service recommended that AMA work with interested specialty societies to develop PA/LTC-specific APMs. The exact...

A team of nationally recognized long-term care researchers from Brown University led by Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, CMD, in collaboration with Insight Therapeutics, is conducting a study on COPD in nursing facilities. The study hopes to collect...
June 13, 2018

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Adverse drug events [ADEs] are not only a tremendous financial drain, but they also can alter a person’s life. Patients need advocates, and clinicians should take on this role and do everything they can to keep people safe, says Donna Lisi, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, BCGP.

Fortunately, they don’...

June 7, 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. Review your performance data by June 30, prior to public display on Nursing Home Compare. Corrections to...

June 7, 2018

Visit the CMS QPP Website to View Your MIPS Preliminary Performance Feedback Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind you that if you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the...