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Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016

Eligible Professionals who do not satisfactorily report quality measure data to meet the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements will be subject to a negative PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B physician fee schedule services for 2017. Submissions end at 8 pm ET:

  • Electronic Health Record direct or data submission vendor (QRDA I or III) – January 1 through February 29, 2016
  • Qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) (QRDA III) – January 1 through February 29, 2016
  • Group practice reporting option web interface – January 18
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new, streamlined hardship applications on the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information webpage, reducing the amount of information that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must submit to apply for an exception from the 2017 payment adjustment. Application timeline:

  • Eligible Professionals: March 15, 2016
  • Eligible Hospitals
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016

A revised Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Billing Reference Fact Sheet is available. Learn about SNF:

  • Coverage
  • Payment
  • Billing requirements
  • ...
JAMDA
January 28, 2016

There are nonlinear risk associations of body mass index (BMI) with mortality in type 2 diabetes (T2D) and elderly populations although similar information in elderly individuals with T2D are lacking.

JAMDA
January 28, 2016

To assess the effect of age in the association between poor sleep quality and frailty status.

JAMDA
January 26, 2016

There is growing evidence of a relationship between nutrients and muscle mass, strength, and physical performance. Although nutrition is seen as an important pillar of treating sarcopenia, data on the nutritional intake of sarcopenic older adults are limited.

JAMDA
January 26, 2016

For older adults, falls are a serious health problem, with more than 30% of people older than 65 suffering a fall at least once a year. One element often overlooked in the assessment of falls is whether a person's balance, walking ability, and overall falls risk is affected by performing activities of daily living such as walking.

JAMDA
January 22, 2016

Dietary intake in frail old adults is often lower than estimated needs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an energy-dense oral supplement on nutritional status, food intake, and physical function in residents living in care residential homes.

Policy Snapshot
January 22, 2016

In a recent speech by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, he noted that CMS is trying to make the electronic health records (EHR) programs more physician friendly and tweeted that “in 2016, MU (meaningful use) as it had existed—with MACRA—will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.”

In a follow-up blog post to the CMS website Administrator Slavitt provided a more detailed update on CMS’ plans stating, “We have been working side...

Policy Snapshot
January 22, 2016

On January 19, the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset, consistent with the values we published on June 30, 2015. The total value before this update was $9.9 billion. The updated Open Payments dataset reflects:

  • Changes made to records
  • Changes to delays in publication flags
  • Changes to disputed records
  • Records that were deleted

This financial data was submitted by applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations. Every year, CMS will update the Open Payments data...