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March 14, 2019

Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to fix an arbitrary Medicare policy that excludes coverage of skilled nursing care for certain patients, resulting in exorbitant and unexpected out-of-pocket costs. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2019 (H.R. 1682 & S. 753) would ensure Medicare covers doctor-recommended post-acute care by counting the time spent under “observation status” toward the requisite three-day hospital stay for coverage of skilled nursing care....

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AMDA - THE SOCIETY FOR POST-ACUTE AND LONG-TERM CARE ETHICS COMMITTEE WHITE PAPER “Stopping Eating and Drinking by Advance Directives (SED by AD) in the ALF and PALTC Setting” Abstract: The Ethics Committee of AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and...
Pain management in PALTC is identified in a step-wise approach for patients in this setting with recognition, assessment, treatment and monitoring method. This slide set includes the general principles for prescribing pain medications as well as...
Health Policy
February 28, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policy changes supporting the MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the health care system. The Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule outlines opportunities to make patient data more useful and transferable through open, secure, standardized, and machine-readable formats while reducing restrictive burdens on health care providers.

In addition to the policy proposals, CMS released two requests for information to obtain...

Health Policy
February 21, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on Tuesday, March 12, from 1:30 to 3 PM on the Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool. During this call, you’ll be able to gain insight on this free, publicly available electronic tool that facilitates a structured approach to tracking preference-based care and psychotropic medication use among residents living with dementia.

You’ll also learn about a recently released ...

Health Policy
February 21, 2019

On October 1, 2019, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Based on stakeholder feedback, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised resources on the PDPM webpage to help you prepare for implementation, including:

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Health Policy
February 14, 2019

Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance period under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Enter your National Provider Identifier to find out if you need to participate in MIPS during the 2019 performance year.

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Health Policy
February 14, 2019

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine joined the American Medical Association and more than 100 national and state medical societies asking Congress to ease the burden on patients as potential legislation is developed to provide relief from health care costs that patients’ insurance will not cover.

In a letter sent to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), the groups urged them to consider several policies to combat...

Navigating PALTC
February 13, 2019

Executive Director Chris Laxton discusses the society’s opioid policies.



The Society's opioid policies

Pain Management Task Force draft report

February 5, 2019

There are so many good clinical sessions planned for the Society’s 2019 annual conference that Michele Bellantoni, MD, CMD, is challenged to choose the best or even her favorites; so, she starts at the beginning. “It’s very exciting to have ‘The Year in Review’ as our opening keynote, the kick-off for the meeting. We will all be able to dive into the conference with a clear picture of how our field is evolving,” she says.

As chair of the Annual Conference Program Planning Subcommittee, Dr. Bellantoni is always talking and listening to Society members about what issues and kinds of...