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Health Policy
February 1, 2019

The January 2019 Nursing Home Compare Refresh, including quality measure results based on SNF QRP data submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is now available.

The updated SNF quality measure results are based on data submitted to CMS between:

  1. Quarter 2 2017 and Quarter 1 2018
  • Application of Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury (Long Stay) (#0674)
  • Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened (Short Stay) (NQF #0678)
  • Application of
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Health Policy
February 1, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM ET to provide an overview of the quality performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program. Existing MIPS participants, as well as clinicians who are new to MIPS in 2019, should join to learn more about how to participate in the quality performance category.

During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on a variety of topics, including:

  • Participation
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Spotlight
January 30, 2019

When Lakshman Swamy, MD, MBA, was a medical resident, he thought intensive care was “where the action was. Everything happens right then, right there.” However, he quickly realized, “This is barely the start of the patient’s journey. Recovery is immense for so many people, and they leave the hospital with incredible functional deficits. My friends in post-acute and long-term care medicine get these patients through recovery and give them their lives back.” His admiration for this group has him especially pleased and honored to talk about “Beyond Burnout: Practical Solutions to Improve the...

Health Policy
January 24, 2019

On January 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication in June 2018. Use the Open Payments Search Tool to view the data. The refreshed dataset includes:

  • Record updates: Changes to non-disputed records made on or before November 15
  • Disputed records: Updated information for dispute resolutions completed on or before December 31
  • Record deletions: Removed records
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Health Policy
January 24, 2019

Help stop the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States. Take the final three modules in a training series from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. Each module includes clinical scenarios, knowledge feedback prompts, and a resource library to help enhance learning:

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Spotlight
January 24, 2019

Award-winning actor and educator Megan Cole is “genuinely excited” about the opportunity to present the Anne-Marie Filkin Lecture on Sunday, March 10, at the Society’s 2019 annual conference in Atlanta, GA. “Literature teaches us eternal truths in entertaining ways and reminds us that there is always more than one way to interpret any human experience. I look forward to sharing these beautiful truths with Society members,” she says.

She hopes that participants leave her program, “Elder Voices: How Literature Can Help Us Understand Aging,” with a renewed appreciation of how books,...

Health Policy
January 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs 

CMS is holding a call on New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies on Thursday,...

Health Policy
January 17, 2019

Time is running out to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) via the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Management System (ACO-MS) for the July 1, 2019, start date for the redesigned Medicare Shared Savings Program – Pathways to Success. You must submit a NOIA if you intend to apply to the new BASIC track or ENHANCED track of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, to apply for a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-Day Rule Waiver, and/or to establish a Beneficiary...

Spotlight
January 17, 2019

The practice management  sessions at the Society’s 2019 annual conference are like “a map,” says Tom Haithcoat, chief operating officer for CareConnectMD and incoming chair of the Practice Group Network (PGN). This map will help participants navigate challenges, opportunities, new developments, and other issues so they can keep up and enjoy success in the constantly evolving value-based medicine environment.

“The bridge from volume- to value-driven care is complex and not easy to navigate alone,” says Mr. Haithcoat. “We’ve worked closely with our Practice Group Network members...

Health Policy
January 10, 2019

 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs 

CMS is holding a call on Thursday, February 14, from 1:30 to 3 PM ET so experts can...