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January 22, 2016
All Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) systems will be unavailable from Wednesday, March 16 after 8 pm ET through Monday, March 21, 2016. This downtime will affect all QIES connectivity and systems. The national database, Certification...
Policy Snapshot
January 15, 2016
This week, the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) released their Alternative Payment Model (APM) Framework White Paper. The paper defines payment model categories and establishes a common framework and a set of conventions for...
Policy Snapshot
January 15, 2016
On January 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 121 new participants in Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives designed to improve the care patients receive in the health care system and lower costs...
Policy Snapshot
January 15, 2016
CMS has revised guidelines on Reviewing Short Stay Hospital Claims for Patient Status: Admissions On or After January 1, 2016 . Starting October 1, 2015 Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) began...
Policy Snapshot
January 15, 2016
In this MLN Connects video , Dr. Patrick Conway, the Principle Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer for CMS, provides an overview of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 . This important legislation...
Policy Snapshot
January 15, 2016
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging released their final report which summarizes the work of 2015 year as well as the feedback they have received in the course of carrying out the conference. In a year that marked the 50th anniversary of...
Policy Snapshot
January 8, 2016
On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 68126), proposed revisions to requirements for discharge planning for hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Home...
Policy Snapshot
January 8, 2016
On December 18th, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released for comment the draft CMS Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) . Section 102 of MACRA, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and post on the...
Policy Snapshot
January 8, 2016
This tools allows users to search for individual claims and registry-based measure specifications based on search criteria provided. Click on a measure link to see detailed specifications. Please note that electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM)...
Policy Snapshot
December 18, 2015
It is likely that 2015 will be remembered as a crucial year of policy implementation that will set the stage for the future of health care delivery. It began early last January with an announcement from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary...