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Health Policy
January 24, 2019

On January 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication in June 2018. Use the Open Payments Search Tool to view the data. The refreshed dataset includes:

  • Record updates: Changes to non-disputed records made on or before November 15
  • Disputed records: Updated information for dispute resolutions completed on or before December 31
  • Record deletions: Removed records
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Health Policy
January 24, 2019

Help stop the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States. Take the final three modules in a training series from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. Each module includes clinical scenarios, knowledge feedback prompts, and a resource library to help enhance learning:

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Spotlight
January 24, 2019

Award-winning actor and educator Megan Cole is “genuinely excited” about the opportunity to present the Anne-Marie Filkin Lecture on Sunday, March 10, at the Society’s 2019 annual conference in Atlanta, GA. “Literature teaches us eternal truths in entertaining ways and reminds us that there is always more than one way to interpret any human experience. I look forward to sharing these beautiful truths with Society members,” she says.

She hopes that participants leave her program, “Elder Voices: How Literature Can Help Us Understand Aging,” with a renewed appreciation of how books,...

Health Policy
January 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs 

CMS is holding a call on New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies on Thursday,...

Health Policy
January 17, 2019

Time is running out to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) via the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Management System (ACO-MS) for the July 1, 2019, start date for the redesigned Medicare Shared Savings Program – Pathways to Success. You must submit a NOIA if you intend to apply to the new BASIC track or ENHANCED track of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, to apply for a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-Day Rule Waiver, and/or to establish a Beneficiary...

Spotlight
January 17, 2019

The practice management  sessions at the Society’s 2019 annual conference are like “a map,” says Tom Haithcoat, chief operating officer for CareConnectMD and incoming chair of the Practice Group Network (PGN). This map will help participants navigate challenges, opportunities, new developments, and other issues so they can keep up and enjoy success in the constantly evolving value-based medicine environment.

“The bridge from volume- to value-driven care is complex and not easy to navigate alone,” says Mr. Haithcoat. “We’ve worked closely with our Practice Group Network members...

Health Policy
January 10, 2019

 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs 

CMS is holding a call on Thursday, February 14, from 1:30 to 3 PM ET so experts can...

Health Policy
January 10, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting Notices of Intent to Apply (NOIAs) via the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Management System (ACO-MS) for the July 1, 2019, start date for the redesigned Medicare Shared Savings Program – Pathways to Success. You must submit a NOIA if you intend to apply to the new BASIC or ENHANCED track of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, to apply for a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-Day Rule Waiver, and/or...

Spotlight
January 8, 2019

The opening keynote address at the Society’s annual conference sets the tone for the meeting. It is fitting that this year’s program in Atlanta, GA, starts with a session that features Society leaders sharing research from the past year that is likely to have the greatest impact on the future. During “The Year in Review,” your colleagues who live daily with the research and understand how it translates into practice will offer their exclusive insights. “This is a very exciting session. We’ll talk about some of the most important studies from the past year and make it practical,” says Milta...

Health Policy
January 3, 2019

The HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, which is being held February 11-15 in Orlando, FL, brings you the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health information and technology challenges. Expand your knowledge and dive into a variety of compelling topics with HIMSS19 Healthy Aging & Technology Symposium, optional events,...