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August 1, 2019

On July 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for FY 2020 Medicare payment rates and quality programs for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). CMS projects aggregate payments to SNFs will increase by $851 million, or 2.4%, for FY 2020 compared to FY 2019. This estimated increase is attributable to a 2.8% market basket increase factor with a 0.4 percentage point reduction for the multifactor productivity adjustment.

The final rule also includes:

  • Payment policy
  • Sub-regulatory process for ICD-10 code revisions
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Health Policy
July 25, 2019

Last week representatives from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified publicly to the Senate Special Committee on Aging about their Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse report. The report noted that “while abuse in nursing homes is often underreported, we found that abuse citations more than doubled from 2013-2017. We also found that gaps in CMS’s [the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] oversight make it harder to protect residents. Oversight is critical in addressing and preventing...

Health Policy
July 25, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who receive antipsychotic medication, excluding residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, or Tourette’s syndrome. In...

Health Policy
July 25, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Physician Compare support team are hosting two one-hour webinars on the 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information recently published on ...

Health Policy
July 25, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released three new case studies describing innovative programs from Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The case studies feature ACO initiatives related to:

  • Promoting staff development through leadership academies
  • Conducting home visits
  • Engaging providers

The case studies highlight ACOs participating in the Next Generation ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Each case study includes detailed results and describes lessons learned by the ACO during...

Health Policy
July 19, 2019

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two rules, a proposed rule on requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities and a final rule for LTC facilities arbitration agreements. The proposed rule for requirements for LTC facilities is aimed at easing some of the requirements for nursing homes to participate in Medicare and Medicaid by giving facilities more flexibility over their...

Health Policy
July 19, 2019

If you submitted 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, view your performance feedback and final score on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. Performance feedback is also available for eligible clinicians participating in MIPS alternative payment model entities.

The MIPS payment adjustment you will receive in 2020 is based on your final score. If you believe there is an error in your payment adjustment factor calculation, request a targeted review by September 30.

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Health Policy
July 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a blog and released an infographic to share preliminary participation data for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) during 2018. Key findings include:

  • Overall, Merit-based Incentive
  • ...
Health Policy
July 12, 2019

This week, it was announced that Adam Boehler will be stepping down from his role are the Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and Deputy Administrator of the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Mr. Boehler was nominated to become Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation, which Congress created in 2018 to merge the Overseas Private Investment Corp. and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Development Credit Authority. OPIC raises private capital to help development of emerging economies,...

Health Policy
July 12, 2019

This week, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee passed ten bills out of committee this week. Once of the bills passed was the EMPOWER for Health Act (HR 2781). The bill reauthorizes Health Workforce Programs including the Geriatric Workforce Enhancements Programs (GWEP) and Geriatric Academic Career Awards (GACA). This legislation reflects current HRSA practices of awarding grants and collectively authorizes GWEPs and GACAs for $51,000,000.

Other bills passed out...