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Health Policy
July 25, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Physician Compare support team are hosting two one-hour webinars on the 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information recently published on ...

Health Policy
July 25, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released three new case studies describing innovative programs from Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The case studies feature ACO initiatives related to:

  • Promoting staff development through leadership academies
  • Conducting home visits
  • Engaging providers

The case studies highlight ACOs participating in the Next Generation ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Each case study includes detailed results and describes lessons learned by the ACO during...

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July 24, 2019

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For years, there have been discussions about the role of advanced practice providers (APPs) in health care, including post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). While there is consensus that these practitioners—including nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs),...

JAMDA
July 24, 2019

Fear of falling (FOF) is common in older adults. We investigated whether FOF affects development of cognitive decline over a 3-year period in community-dwelling older adults with intact cognition.

JAMDA
July 24, 2019

To examine the relationship between frailty status and risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality.

JAMDA
July 24, 2019

Abundant research shows that linguistic barriers can have a negative impact on access to and quality of health care, as well as a patient's health outcomes.1–3 Establishing a culturally appropriate environment, by providing care to nursing home residents in their preferred language, is key in providing good-quality long-term care (LTC) services.4,5 French is one of Canada's 2 official languages. In Ontario, Canada, studies using population-based data have shown that Francophones have a lower perception of good health, higher prevalence of chronic diseases, and greater dependency on LTC...

JAMDA
July 24, 2019

Older age is associated with multimorbidity and polypharmacy with high anticholinergic burden (ACB). High ACB is linked to adverse events such as poor physical functioning, dementia, cardiovascular disease, and falls. Interventions are needed to reduce this burden.

Health Policy
July 19, 2019

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two rules, a proposed rule on requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities and a final rule for LTC facilities arbitration agreements. The proposed rule for requirements for LTC facilities is aimed at easing some of the requirements for nursing homes to participate in Medicare and Medicaid by giving facilities more flexibility over their...

Health Policy
July 19, 2019

If you submitted 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, view your performance feedback and final score on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. Performance feedback is also available for eligible clinicians participating in MIPS alternative payment model entities.

The MIPS payment adjustment you will receive in 2020 is based on your final score. If you believe there is an error in your payment adjustment factor calculation, request a targeted review by September 30.

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Health Policy
July 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a blog and released an infographic to share preliminary participation data for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) during 2018. Key findings include:

  • Overall, Merit-based Incentive
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