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Policy Snapshot
January 9, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host several webinars and office hours for interested participants to ask questions and get additional information about the Direct Contracting Model Options:

 

Direct Contracting Payment Part I: Risk Sharing/Risk Mitigation/Cash Flow Webinar

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Registration is open ...

Policy Snapshot
January 9, 2020

CMS Misses December 31, 2019, Deadline for APM Incentive Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an advisory notice on December 26, 2019, indicating the agency would fail to meet the self-imposed deadline of December 31, 2019, to distribute all CY 2019 Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payments.

Qualifying APM Participants (QPs) were eligible for bonus payments in 2019 based on their 2017 participation in an advanced APM. CMS began distributing incentive payments on September 26, 2019, and aimed to complete...

Policy Snapshot
January 9, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance results for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which impacts 2020 payments. The findings are summarized in a CMS blog post from CMS Administrator Seema Verma and in a CMS...

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January 9, 2020

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Nutrition in older adults isn’t always a pretty picture, but there is much practitioners can do to add color, pleasure, and positive outcomes to the pallet. In a recent AMDA On-The-Go podcast, guest John Morley, MD, BCh, offered some powerful and innovative insights on this issue...

Weekly Roundup
January 5, 2020
 

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January 2, 2020

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Treating hypertension in older adults is complicated for many reasons, one of which is that research on the topic usually doesn’t include nursing home and other post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) residents. Providing some clarity to this issue was the topic of a recent AMDA...

Policy Snapshot
January 2, 2020

MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Start Submitting Data for 2019 through March 31

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Data can be submitted and updated until 8:00 PM ET on March 31, 2020.

Please note, the data submission period through the CMS Web Interface for ACOs and pre-registered groups and virtual groups closes on March 31, 2020....

Policy Snapshot
January 2, 2020

You can now use the updated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program Participation Status Lookup Tool to check on your initial 2020 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Just enter your National Provider Identifier, or...

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2020

Some of you may still remember me. Or your children or grandchildren might. Perhaps I cared for you at some point over the decades since 1976 when I opened my internal medicine practice, just two weeks after having completed my residency training.

Caring for the Ages
January 1, 2020

Mrs. D is an 89-year-old African American woman who has moved into the nursing home directly from her home. Her husband became ill and could no longer care for her. She has a history of heart failure and was seeing her cardiologist for weekly weights, but she stopped because she could no longer tolerate the outings. She has had multiple falls at home; most recently, she sustained a left wrist fracture. Her past medical history includes allergic rhinitis, arthritis, esophageal reflux, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, a herniated cervical disc, osteoporosis, and...