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April 18, 2019

This week, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), posted a blog about CMS’ efforts to ensure quality and safety in nursing homes. The administrator noted that CMS will be undertaking a comprehensive review of regulations, guidelines, internal structures, and processes related to safety and quality. “We have demonstrated our commitment to this path by developing a five-part plan to ensure the care provided in America’s nursing homes is of the highest...

Health Policy
April 18, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding a webinar on Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 3 PM ET. The purpose of the webinar is to provide an overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including:

  • MIPS APMs in 2019
  • APM scoring standard and MIPS performance category requirements
  • APM information in the QPP Participation Status Tool
  • Additional resources and how to learn more

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Health Policy
April 11, 2019

National Healthcare Decisions Day educates the public and providers about the importance of Advance Care Planning (ACP). For example, did you know that ACP services can be billed to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule?

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Health Policy
April 11, 2019

A study, Assessing First Visits By Physicians To Medicare Patients Discharged To Skilled Nursing Facilities, published in the April edition of Health Affairs, examined the timeliness of the first visit after discharge from an acute care facility. The authors from the University of Pennsylvania found that while the majority of patients were seen either by a physician or an advanced practitioner within the first four days, some patients were not seen, which affected outcomes and mortality.

While...

Health Policy
April 11, 2019

The data submission period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed on April 2. If you submitted data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website, you can review your preliminary performance feedback data. Your final score and feedback will be available in July. Between now and June 30, your score could change based on:

  • Special status scoring considerations
  • All-cause readmission measure for the quality performance category
  • ...
Health Policy
April 4, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced new Medicare Part D opioid safety policies to reduce prescription opioid misuse while preserving medically necessary access to these medications. It’s important to note that these new policies are not “one size fits all,” and are deliberately tailored to address distinct populations of Medicare Part D prescription opioid users. These interventions do not apply to residents of long-term care facilities; beneficiaries in hospice, palliative, or end-of-life care; and beneficiaries being treated for active cancer-related pain....

Health Policy
April 4, 2019

AMDA is hosting a webinar, Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): An Opportunity for PALTC Clinician, on Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 PM ET. As always, this webinar is free to members.

This session will discuss the details of PDPM, which will take effect on October 1, 2019, and impact the way skilled nursing facilities are reimbursed for the first time in 20 years. In addition to focusing on the regulatory details of the new model, this webinar will provide guidance to post-acute and long-term care clinicians on how they can become an integral resource to their facilities....

Health Policy
April 4, 2019

This week, the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (HCP LAN) announced that the Roadmap for Driving High Performance in Alternative Payment Models is now live and available for use. This roadmap lets you explore this interactive, web-based tool, which is full of promising practices and strategies to help payers, providers, and others accelerate the design and implementation of successful Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  

You can view the  roadmap by following...

Health Policy
March 28, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, the House Education & Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing, Examining Surprise Billing: Protecting Patients from Financial Pain. Surprise billing has become an issue Congress is trying to tackle this session and legislation is being introduced to help address it, especially for those in the post-acute and long-term care setting.

Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to fix an arbitrary Medicare policy that excludes...