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Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

The Society recently submitted written testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee in relation to a recent hearing entitled “Caring for Aging Americans.” The Society’s comments focused around the use of antipsychotics, telemedicine in long-term care (LTC), the nursing home medical director registry, and its support of the Patient Choice & Quality Care Planning Act.

The hearing highlighted an urgent need and opportunity to deal with a rapidly aging population. Witnesses presented a wide variety of issues and solutions and included caregivers and representatives from consumer...

Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

Direct contracting creates a variety of pathways for health care providers and suppliers to take on financial risk supported by enhanced flexibilities. Because the model reduces burden, supports a focus on complex, chronically and seriously ill patients, and aims to encourage organizations to participate that have not typically participated in Medicare fee-for-service, Innovation Center models, or both, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) anticipates that this model will appeal to a broad range of physician and other types of health organizations. 

It...

Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

If you are interested in applying for a Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception or Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception for the 2019 Performance Year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you must submit your application by December 31.

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Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program website has been recently updated to include 2019 Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment details. See the CMS fact sheet for more information....

Policy Snapshot
December 5, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a webinar on the 2020 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program on Thursday, January 16 from 1 to 2 PM ET.

During this webinar, CMS reviews major changes to the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for 2020, including:

  • 2020 electronic health record reporting period
  • 2015 edition CEHRT requirements
  • Objective/measure changes
  • Scoring

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session following the presentation.

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Policy Snapshot
November 22, 2019

The American Medical Association voted at its Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in San Diego, CA, to establish a Cannabis Task Force to evaluate and disseminate relevant scientific evidence to health care facilities and the public. The vote came after some discussion about confusion on the part of health care staffs how to deal with the issue given that many states have legalized the use of marijuana, yet it remains illegal on the federal level.

Rajeev Kumar, MD, FACP, CMD, Society delegate to the AMA, testified that the Society has discussed this issue and agrees that...

Policy Snapshot
November 22, 2019

In a full committee hearing entitled “Caring for Aging Americans,” the House Ways and Means Committee highlighted an urgent need and opportunity to deal with a rapidly aging population. Witnesses presented a wide variety of issues and solutions and included caregivers and representatives from consumer advocacy groups. Topics included the significant role of caregivers, the unaffordability of LTC for the average American, the quality of care in LTC settings, and the use of antipsychotics for LTC patients.

Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) indicated that he has been working with the...

Policy Snapshot
November 22, 2019

The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 was recently introduced in both the House of Representatives (H.R. 4932) and Senate (S.2741). The bill would grant authority for the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to waive current telehealth restrictions in fee-for-service Medicare, including remote services in the home. It also removes geographic restrictions and adds the home as an originating site for mental health and emergency medical services. The bill further allows for the use of telehealth in the...

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...