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August 29, 2018

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While the recent wildfires struck a part of California hundreds of miles away from his home and facility, they reminded Timothy Gieseke, MD, CMD, of a time not long ago when a similar disaster threatened his community of Santa Rosa, CA. Looking back, he learned much...

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August 24, 2018

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Rebecca Elon, MD, MPH, CMD, has a history with the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) that goes back to its beginning. The new ABPLM board member says, “Back in the ‘80s, I attended a University of Minnesota training course for nursing home medical directors that was developed by...

Health Policy
August 23, 2018

To form a virtual group for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year, follow the election process and submit your election between October 1 and December 31, 2018. See the 2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit, which includes :

  • Overview Fact Sheet: Who can participate, how to collect and submit data, and how groups are scored
  • Election Process: Two-stage election process and what needs to be included in an agreement
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Health Policy
August 23, 2018

Find data from the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Value-Based Payment Modifier Programs. Payment adjustments for 2018 are based on 2016 data.

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August 21, 2018

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Rebecca Elon, MD, MPH, CMD, has a history with the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) that goes back to its beginning. The new ABPLM board member says, “Back in the ‘80s, I attended a University of Minnesota training course for nursing home medical directors that was developed by Drs. James...

Health Policy
August 16, 2018

CMS updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to include 2018 Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participant (QP) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) APM status. The tool is updated based on calculations from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and March 31, 2018.

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Health Policy
August 16, 2018

On August 9, CMS issued a proposed rule that would set a new direction for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Referred to as “Pathways to Success,” this proposed new direction for the program would redesign the participation options available to:

  • Encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to two-sided models (in which they may share in savings and are accountable for repaying shared losses)
  • Increase savings for the trust funds and mitigate losses
  • Reduce gaming opportunity and increase program integrity
  • Promote regulatory
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Health Policy
August 16, 2018

Live Webinar: MACRA MIPS and APMs: Current Requirements and Proposed Changes

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern

Speakers: Benjamin Chin; Brittany LaCouture; Molly MacHarris

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Senior Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials will present a webinar on August 23 (2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Time) detailing requirements of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as well as the proposed changes for the 2019 program. Free...

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August 15, 2018

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Anemia is a common problem in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) that often gets ignored or dismissed. T.S. Dharmarajan, MD, MACP, AGSF, wants to change that. “Anemia isn’t an illness, rather an indicator of an underlying disorder. It is a common problem that will not get better on its own. If you identify anemia, more...

Clinical Alerts
August 30, 2018

Navigating PALTC - Flu Resources for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings:

 

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine encourages post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) facilities to strengthen their employee immunization programs to protect employees and...