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October 11, 2018

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS score and performance feedback are available on the Quality Payment Program website. The payment...

Health Policy
October 11, 2018

On October 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 1,299 entities have signed agreements with the agency to participate in the administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) – Advanced Model. The participating entities will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care as an alternative to fee-for-service payments that reward only the volume of care delivered. Model participants include 832 Acute Care Hospitals and 715 Physician Group Practices – a total of 1,547 Medicare providers and suppliers, located in 49 states plus Washington,...

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Weekly Roundup
October 5, 2018

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“It was exciting to see that people recognize the importance of post-acute and long-term care [PALTC]. Increasingly, they understand our world and the impact of it in the continuum of care,” says Society President Cari Levy, MD,...

Health Policy
October 4, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, from 1:30 to 3 pm ET, CMS will host a webinar on patient relationship categories and codes. The webinar will focus on guidance for classifying patient relationships during the voluntary reporting period that CMS implemented on January 1, 2018. It presents real world clinical scenarios to illustrate how patient Relationship categories and codes work and reviews the statutory context and policy principles used in their development. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

For inquiries about the patient relationship categories and codes,...

Health Policy
October 4, 2018

The Society was happy to host a free webinar for members featuring senior Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials. The webinar detailed the requirements of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as well as the proposed changes for the 2019 program and reporting requirements for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) option.

The proposed rule suggested a number of changes to the QPP, including the minimum reporting required to avoid penalties and MIPS eligibility status for group practices. In addition, the proposed...

Health Policy
October 4, 2018

After months of hearings and debate, the House and the Senate reached agreement this week on legislation to address the opioid epidemic.  The House passed the legislation by a vote of 393 to 8 and the Senate by a vote of 99 to 1. The Senate then agreed to the House amendments and final passage by a vote of 98 to 1. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. 

The legislation, the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” (H.R. 6), touches on almost every aspect of the unrelenting epidemic that is affecting communities across the nation, including numerous...

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October 3, 2018

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“It was exciting to see that people recognize the importance of post-acute and long-term care [PALTC]. Increasingly, they understand our world and the impact of it in the continuum of care,” says Society President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, about the Society’s...

Weekly Roundup
September 28, 2018

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Sitting at her desk, Teresa C. McCarthy, MD, MS, CMD, a new member of the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM), can’t help but think about James Pattee, MD, CMD, the “father” of the Certified Medical Director (CMD) designation and the Core Curriculum on Medical Direction. “He looked...

Health Policy
September 27, 2018

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback are available on the Quality Payment Program website. The...