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October 17, 2019

On October 10, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics, which provides advice to clinicians who are contemplating or initiating a change in opioid dosage. Prescription opioids help the patient only when the benefit of using opioids outweighs the risks. But once a patient is on opioids for a prolonged period, any abrupt change in the patient’s regimen...

Policy Snapshot
October 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on the second snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The second snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and June...

Policy Snapshot
October 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) posted new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) resources:

MIPS 2018 Performance Period Resources:

Policy Snapshot
October 10, 2019

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

The proposed rules are aimed at providing greater certainty for health care providers participating in value-based arrangements and providing coordinated care for patients. The proposals would ease the compliance burden for health care providers...

Policy Snapshot
October 10, 2019

On October 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major change of the information available to nursing home residents, families, and caregivers on the Nursing Home Compare website. Beginning October 23, CMS will display a consumer alert icon next to nursing homes that have been cited for incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

The new alert icon will be added for facilities cited on inspection reports for one or both of the following:

  • Abuse that led to harm
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Policy Snapshot
October 10, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 16, from 2 to 3:30 PM ET to provide information about the Eligible Measures Applicability (EMA) process, which checks for additional clinically related quality measures that could have been included in data submission for the Quality Performance Category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The EMA process is applied when submitters are in a small practice and choose Medicare Part B claims as their collection type, or when submitters work with a third-...

Policy Snapshot
October 10, 2019

Important Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) dates and deadlines:

  • December 31 – 2019 Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Applications deadline
  • December 31 – 2020 virtual group election period closes
  • January 2 – 2019 MIPS performance period data submission window opens
  • March 31 – 2019 MIPS performance period data submission window closes

For more information:

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Policy Snapshot
October 3, 2019

Starting January 1, 2020, under the CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to pay Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) through bundled payments for opioid use disorder treatment services for people with Medicare Part B, including medication-assisted treatment medications, toxicology testing, and counseling.

Get ready to participate in the...

Policy Snapshot
October 3, 2019

To form a virtual group for the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year, you must follow an election process and submit your election to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) via email by December 31.

For more information:

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Policy Snapshot
October 3, 2019

Starting in September, clinicians who were qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) participants based on their 2017 performance will begin receiving 5% APM incentive payments. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a new 2019 APM Incentive Payment Fact Sheet to explain:

  • Who is eligible to receive an APM incentive payment in 2019
  • How CMS determines your payment
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
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