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Policy Snapshot
November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) and application submission dates for a January 1, 2021, start date for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Beginning April 20, 2020, CMS will start accepting NOIAs via the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Management System. You must submit a NOIA if you intend to apply...

Policy Snapshot
November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to share your perspectives during a listening session on “Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations Proposed Rule (CMS-1720-P),” which can be found here. The call will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at 4 PM ET....

Policy Snapshot
November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living are working with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to design a foundation for measuring performance of person-centered planning across community-based and institutional settings, including:

  • Definition for person-centered planning
  • Core competencies for facilitators
  • Optimal systems characteristics

NQF is accepting comments on the ...

Policy Snapshot
November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide information about the final rule for the 2020 Performance Period of the Quality Payment Program during a webinar on Tuesday, November 19, from 2 to 3:30 PM ET. Topics include:

  • Overview of the Quality Payment Program, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)
  • MIPS and Advanced APM policy changes
  • Key differences between 2019 and 2020 requirements
  • MIPS Value Pathways, a new participation framework starting in 2021
  • ...
JAMDA
November 13, 2019

Hospital-associated disability (HAD), defined as loss of independence in activities of daily living (ADL) following acute hospitalization, is observed among older adults. The study objective is to determine overall prevalence of HAD among older adults hospitalized in acute care, and to assess the impact of study initiation year in moderation of prevalence.

JAMDA
November 13, 2019

Approximately 14% of Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of home health care admission. Individuals with dementia account for 30% of all home health care admissions and are at high risk for readmission. Our primary objective was to determine the association between dementia severity at admission to home health care and 30-day potentially preventable readmissions (PPR) during home health care. A secondary objective was to develop a dementia severity scale from Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) items based on the Functional Assessment Staging Tool...

JAMDA
November 13, 2019

To test the long-term effects of whey-enriched protein supplementation on muscle and physical performance.

Spotlight
November 12, 2019

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If you’ve tried to read the CPT coding manual to brush up on your knowledge of billing and coding but find that you’re distracted or dozing off, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the speakers at a Society webinar set for November 20 have done this tedious but important work for you. “Many...

Weekly Roundup
November 10, 2019

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Phase 3 of the revised Medicare and Medicaid requirements...