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February 19, 2016
On February 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual report summarizing impacts from the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents in 2014. The project is designed to test...
Policy Snapshot
February 5, 2016
The Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group recently released their options paper outlining policies being considered as a part of the committee’s effort to improve how Medicare treats beneficiaries with multiple, complex chronic...
Policy Snapshot
February 5, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched important changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception process that will reduce burdens on clinicians, hospitals, and Critical Access...
Policy Snapshot
February 5, 2016
Plan Strengthens Incentives for ACOs to Improve Performance On January 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update the methodology used to measure the performance of Accountable Care Organizations (...
Policy Snapshot
February 5, 2016
Physicians and teaching hospitals, you must register in the Open Payments system to review any payments or transfers of value attributed to you. The review and dispute period is targeted to start in April 2016, following the close of data submission...
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January 29, 2016
Eligible Professionals who do not satisfactorily report quality measure data to meet the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements will be subject to a negative PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B physician fee schedule...
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January 29, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new, streamlined hardship applications on the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information webpage, reducing the amount of information that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and...
Policy Snapshot
January 29, 2016
A revised Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Billing Reference Fact Sheet is available. Learn about SNF: Coverage Payment Billing requirements
Policy Snapshot
January 22, 2016
In a recent speech by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, he noted that CMS is trying to make the electronic health records (EHR) programs more physician friendly and tweeted that “in 2016, MU (...
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January 22, 2016
On January 19, the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset, consistent with the values we published on June 30, 2015. The total value before this update was $9.9 billion. The updated Open Payments dataset...