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Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

Last week, three minority members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging—Ranking Member Sen.  Bob Casey (D-PA) and  Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR)—released a new report, COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: How the Trump...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

Last week, the Society joined the American Medical Association and other national medical organizations in urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the office visit increases and waive the requirement for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to adjust Medicare physician payments for budget neutrality when it implements the office visit coding and payment changes that it has finalized for 2021.

The groups noted that “Payment reductions of this magnitude would be a major problem at any time, but to impose cuts of this magnitude during or...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Self-Nomination Materials are now posted on the Quality Payment Program Resource Library. You may access the 2021 Self-Nomination Toolkit for Qualified Clinical Data...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

This series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Improvement Organization Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations serving every state and territory. Upcoming topics include Managing Staff Challenges on July 9 and Reopening Considerations on July 16. Both will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 PM ET. ...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted guidance on the allowance of telehealth encounters for the eligible professional and eligible clinician electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) used in CMS quality reporting programs for the 2020 and 2021 performance periods. Guidance provided applies to eCQMs used in each of the following programs:

  • Quality Payment Program: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)
  • APM: Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)
  • APM: Primary
  • ...
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July 1, 2020

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Wound care is always a top priority in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC), but the COVID-19 pandemic—where residents are more sedentary and practitioners are conducting many exams remotely—has brought new focus and urgency to the issue. A new webinar, Improving Outcomes in...

JAMDA
June 29, 2020

The recent publication by Gill et al1 on the prevalence of spasticity in nursing home residents has caught our attention. We concur with the authors that spasticity is common in the nursing home setting, and its negative association with activities of daily living (ADL) does impede function, adding to increased burden of care for health care workers. A discussion on the clinical specifics and models of spasticity care for residents in nursing homes deserves our attention.

JAMDA
June 28, 2020

To investigate administration of pro re nata (PRN) medications and nurse-initiated medications (NIMs) in Australian aged care services over a 12-month period.

JAMDA
June 28, 2020

Assessing handgrip strength (HGS) asymmetry may provide insights into HGS as a prognostic assessment of strength capacity and vitality. This study sought to determine the associations of HGS asymmetry and weakness on time to mortality in aging Americans.