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November 26, 2018

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Post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities increasingly are seeing patients with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. Some are older adults—more like the traditional PALTC patients--and some are younger patients with various clinical needs and comorbidities. Yet, all share a need for focused care and...

Health Policy
November 16, 2018

The Society brought forward a resolution to expand the use of telemedicine in the nursing facility that passed at the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates’ (HoD) Interim Meeting in National Harbor, MD. Specifically, the resolution’s resolves stated:

RESOLVED: That our AMA advocate for removal of arbitrary limits on telemedicine visits by medical practitioners in nursing facilities and instead base them purely on medical necessity and collaborate with relevant national medical specialty societies to effect a change in...

Health Policy
November 15, 2018

The CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule final rule is estimated to increase the amount of time doctors and other clinicians spend with their patients by reducing the burden of Medicare paperwork. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on Monday, November 19, from 2 to 3:30 PM ET to briefly cover three provisions and address your questions:

  • Streamlining Evaluation and Management (E/M) payment and reducing clinician burden
  • Advancing virtual care
  • Continuing to improve the Quality Payment Program to reduce burden and offer
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Health Policy
November 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on calculations from the second snapshot of Medicare Part B claims data to calculate the Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities threshold scores. The second snapshot is for dates of participation between January 1 and June 30, 2018. The tool includes 2018 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System APM status.

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Health Policy
November 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2017 performance data for the Quality Payment Program. CMS announced the preliminary data earlier this year, and now has released additional data elements that show significant success and participation in both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model tracks. For a complete breakdown of the 2017 performance data, see the ...

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November 14, 2018

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If you want proof that the Society really is one family of professionals, look no further than Firas Saidi, MD, CMD, the first registrant for the 2019 annual conference. He achieved this distinction because he went online to confirm his travel dates so he could meet up with a friend at the meeting. While he was on the...

Health Policy
November 8, 2018

The final performance period for the Value Modifier and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) programs was 2016 and the final payment adjustment year is 2018. Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) and PQRS Feedback Reports will no longer be available after the end of 2018. If you need these reports, download them through December 31, 2018, from the CMS Enterprise Portal using an Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system account with the correct role. Visit the ...

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November 6, 2018

Rajeev Kumar, MD, FACP, CMD, the Society’s secretary and chair of the Membership Committee, never tires of talking about the organization to his colleagues. “I usually get two reactions. There are people who are unaware of the organization and its member benefits but are excited to hear about them. Then there are our members, especially those who have attended an annual conference, who are converts for life,” he says. Either way, Society membership “feels like coming home to a big family.”

He often asks potential members, “What would make your work easier? What is causing you...

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November 2, 2018

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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) isn’t a new concept. It’s actually been around for hundreds of years, says T.S. Dharmarajan, MD, CMD....

Recorded: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Speaker: Jeffrey M. Levine, MD; Scott Bolhack, MD, CMD Description: Pressure injuries and chronic wounds are a common and costly challenge in the PALTC environment. Chronic wounds cause pain and are associated...