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Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

Direct contracting creates a variety of pathways for health care providers and suppliers to take on financial risk supported by enhanced flexibilities. Because the model reduces burden, supports a focus on complex, chronically and seriously ill patients, and aims to encourage organizations to participate that have not typically participated in Medicare fee-for-service, Innovation Center models, or both, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) anticipates that this model will appeal to a broad range of physician and other types of health organizations. 

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Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

If you are interested in applying for a Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception or Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception for the 2019 Performance Year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you must submit your application by December 31.

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Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program website has been recently updated to include 2019 Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment details. See the CMS fact sheet for more information....

Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a webinar on the 2020 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program on Thursday, January 16 from 1 to 2 PM ET.

During this webinar, CMS reviews major changes to the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for 2020, including:

  • 2020 electronic health record reporting period
  • 2015 edition CEHRT requirements
  • Objective/measure changes
  • Scoring

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session following the presentation.

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JAMDA
December 5, 2019

To determine if implementation of Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED), designed for hospitals but adapted for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), reduces hospital readmissions after SNF discharge to the community in residents admitted to the SNF following an index hospitalization.

JAMDA
December 1, 2019
JAMDA
December 1, 2019
JAMDA
December 1, 2019
JAMDA
December 1, 2019
JAMDA
December 1, 2019

Various mechanisms have been suggested for the age-associated concomitant decline of brain volume and musculoskeletal mass, strength, and function,1 most of which indicate that a decline in one tissue leads to decreased mutual feedback (chemical or electroneurologic). In other terms, a decline in neuronal stimulation of muscle could lead to disuse atrophy, whereas lack of sensory input from inactive muscles and proprioceptors may, in turn, lead to the atrophy of relevant brain centers.2 Several potential factors and mechanisms have also been suggested for such crosstalk.