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Health Policy
September 27, 2018

This week a group of bipartisan leaders from committees in both the House and Senate announced an agreement on sweeping legislation to combat the opioid crisis. In June, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act by a vote of 396-14. On September 17, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 by a vote of 99-1. This bipartisan, bicameral agreement will allow final legislation to move swiftly through both chambers of Congress and to the president’s desk.

This legislation sends help to communities fighting on the front lines of the crisis and...

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September 25, 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...

Health Policy
September 20, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published updates to the electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) value sets to align with recent releases to terminologies, including, ICD-10-CM/PCS, SNOMED CT, LOINC, and RxNorm. This addendum affects the electronic reporting of eCQMs for the following programs:

  • Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models
  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus
  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • Medicare and
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September 18, 2018

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Christopher Trotz, MD, CMD, brings a unique perspective to his new role as an American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) board member. As a physician executive and practitioner, he devised a strategic plan to address how physicians and advance...

Weekly Roundup
September 14, 2018

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As with many Society members, a love of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine runs deep for Andrea Moser, MD, MSc, CMD, a newly appointed American Board for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) board member. She says, “I was fortunate enough to have family members who lived well into their ‘...

Health Policy
September 13, 2018

The CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement is hosting a call on Tuesday, September 18, from 1:30 to 3 pm ET.

During this call, you can gain insight on opioid use in the post-acute and long-term care setting, as well as learning about the impact of opioid use on persons living with dementia. CMS also will share updates on the progress of the National...

Health Policy
September 13, 2018

This week the Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule. The Society noted that they were appreciative of CMS’ focus to reduce burden in both evaluation and management (E&M) documentation requirements and reporting into the Quality Payment Program (QPP): “We agree that clinicians need administrative burden relief so that they focus more on patient care. While we support these general efforts, we feel CMS must work in a collaborative and open manner with...

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September 11, 2018

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As with many Society members, a love of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine runs deep for Andrea Moser, MD, MSc, CMD, a newly appointed American Board for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) board member. She says, “I was fortunate enough to have...

Clinical Alerts
September 7, 2018

FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions at https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm612995.htm

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recently Strengthened its Black Box Warning About Fluoroquinolone Use

 Appropriate fluoroquinolone prescribing is important for patient safety. A recent...