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Health Policy
December 6, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a draft strategy designed to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by the use of health information technology (health IT) such as electronic health records (EHRs).

The draft, Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, was led by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Resolution and Position Statements
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Navigating PA/LTC
December 4, 2018


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In early March, Society President Cari Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, will head to Atlanta, GA, for the 2019 annual conference. She would happily make the trip even without the title, and it all goes back to the vivid memories of her first conference over 15...

Health Policy
November 30, 2018

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC HIT) recently released data on electronic health record (EHR) adoption among skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and home health agencies (HHA) for 2017.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • More HHAs (78%) adopted EHRs than SNFs (66%) in 2017
  • The ability to integrate patient health information received from outside facilities lagged behind for both HHAs (36%) and SNFs (18%) compared to these facilities’ engagement in other domains of interoperability
  • HHAs (32%) and
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Health Policy
November 30, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) understands that if you’re a clinician living or practicing in an area affected by Hurricane Florence and/or Hurricane Michael, you may experience difficulties collecting and submitting data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) on time during the 2018 MIPS performance period. Most recently, for those affected by Hurricane Florence,...

Health Policy
November 30, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced upcoming efforts to support better care and outcomes for nursing home residents under the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP). This three-year initiative aims to improve residents’ quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators, and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care.

As part of the CMPRP, CMS will develop a variety of work products for nursing home professionals such as staff competency assessment tools, instructional guides, training...

Navigating PA/LTC
November 26, 2018

Executive Director Chris Laxton talks about the Society’s new telemedicine position paper and collaboration with the American Medical Association.



AMDA's telemedicine position paper


November 26, 2018

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 efforts to get them on the road to recovery.

At the Society’s Meet the Experts breakfast, scheduled for March 9, 2019, during the annual conference in Atlanta, Michael Fingerhood, MD, will...

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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