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Policy Snapshot
February 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Explore Measures Tool for the 2020 performance period. The tool now includes 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures and activities for the four performance categories:

Policy Snapshot
January 30, 2020

The Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act (H.R. 4468) is bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Ron Estes (R-KS), that will help address the critical shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) by ensuring that CNAs have access to the quality training that they need. There are currently 13 co-sponsors.

Nursing home facilities that face $10,843 or more in civil monetary penalties (CMPs) are subject to the revocation of their training program and are unable to create a new program for a mandatory two-year period. This new legislation will allow...

Policy Snapshot
January 30, 2020

The November 2019 State Survey Agency Directors Memorandum includes infection control information and basic practices to improve resident safety and quality in nursing homes. Read the memo and log in to the Quality, Safety & Education Portal, which replaced the Integrated Surveyor Training website, to find these resources:

  • Updated Nursing Home Infection Control Worksheet: Self-assessment tool featuring requirements and best practices to improve
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
January 30, 2020

A new draft version of the MDS 3.0 Item Set Change History for October 2020 (v1.18.0) is available. Visit the MDS 3.0 Technical Information webpage for more information.

AMDA is currently reviewing changes in MDS and will provide updates as appropriate....

Policy Snapshot
January 30, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working on new improvements to Medicare.gov to help patients find health care providers in different settings across the care continuum. Later this year, CMS plans to launch a simplified and consistent online experience to make it easier for consumers to find and compare care, while also meeting the needs of industry stakeholders who search data that are important to them. These improvements build on past efforts under the eMedicare initiative, which aims to deliver customized information that beneficiaries want and need.

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Policy Snapshot
January 30, 2020

Hundreds of policy makers, thought leaders, vendors, and other stakeholders interested in the future direction of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT gathered last week in Washington, DC, for the ONC Annual Meeting. The meeting, attended by Society staff, featured keynote speeches by Department Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar; ONC National Coordinator Don Rucker, MD; and other leaders in the health IT space.

It was clear from the theme of the conference, Connecting Policy and Technology: Bringing the EHR to the Patient, that...

Policy Snapshot
January 23, 2020

Recently, the Society joined other post-acute and long-term care workforce groups in addressing a recent executive order entitled Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors. The groups commended the efforts in section 5 of the executive order to ensure that access to high-quality care in not hampered by outdated barriers to practice; that section of the order calls for the removal of burdensome requirements that prevent clinicians from practicing to the top of their profession. “We request that you act to ensure this barrier to practice is removed by promulgating...

Policy Snapshot
January 23, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  posted new Quality Payment Program (QPP) FAQs and videos to help you submit your 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data. The submission period closes on March 31 at 8 PM ET.

Data Submission Demonstration Videos:

Policy Snapshot
January 23, 2020

Each year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  brings together over 3,000 leaders across the health care spectrum to explore how patients, advocates, providers, researchers, and champions in health care quality improvement can develop and spread solutions to address to America’s most pervasive health system challenges.

The conference will take place in Baltimore, February 25-27. Register here....

Policy Snapshot
January 16, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a new participation framework for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) starting with the 2021 performance period, MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs). The goal of this new framework is to move away from siloed performance category measures and activities and toward an aligned set of measures and activities that are more meaningful to clinicians and patient care.

CMS will not immediately eliminate the current MIPS framework. Instead, it intends to develop MVPs for 2021 and beyond in collaboration with...