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Policy Snapshot
February 28, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policy changes supporting the MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the health care system. The Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule outlines opportunities to make patient data more useful and transferable through open, secure, standardized, and machine-readable formats while reducing restrictive burdens on health care providers.

In addition to the policy proposals, CMS released two requests for information to obtain...

Policy Snapshot
February 21, 2019

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine’s 2019 Annual Conference, March 7-10 in Atlanta, GA, is the only place to get the latest clinical developments in geriatric medicine, best practices in medical direction, policy/regulatory updates, opportunities for networking and socializing, and much more.

The conference’s practice management sessions will explore the business and clinical leadership...

Policy Snapshot
February 21, 2019

On October 1, 2019, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Based on stakeholder feedback, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised resources on the PDPM webpage to help you prepare for implementation, including:

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Policy Snapshot
February 21, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on Tuesday, March 12, from 1:30 to 3 PM on the Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool. During this call, you’ll be able to gain insight on this free, publicly available electronic tool that facilitates a structured approach to tracking preference-based care and psychotropic medication use among residents living with dementia.

You’ll also learn about a recently released ...

Policy Snapshot
February 14, 2019

On Monday, February 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released proposed rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The rules would increase choice and competition while fostering innovation that promotes patient access to and control over health information.

CMS’ proposed changes to the health care system support the goals of the MyHealthEData initiative, and would increase the seamless flow of health information, reduce burden on patients and providers,...

Policy Snapshot
February 14, 2019

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine joined the American Medical Association and more than 100 national and state medical societies asking Congress to ease the burden on patients as potential legislation is developed to provide relief from health care costs that patients’ insurance will not cover.

In a letter sent to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), the groups urged them to consider several policies to combat...

Policy Snapshot
February 14, 2019

Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance period under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Enter your National Provider Identifier to find out if you need to participate in MIPS during the 2019 performance year.

For more information:

Policy Snapshot
February 1, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM ET to provide an overview of the quality performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program. Existing MIPS participants, as well as clinicians who are new to MIPS in 2019, should join to learn more about how to participate in the quality performance category.

During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on a variety of topics, including:

  • Participation
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Policy Snapshot
February 1, 2019

The January 2019 Nursing Home Compare Refresh, including quality measure results based on SNF QRP data submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is now available.

The updated SNF quality measure results are based on data submitted to CMS between:

  1. Quarter 2 2017 and Quarter 1 2018
  • Application of Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury (Long Stay) (#0674)
  • Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened (Short Stay) (NQF #0678)
  • Application of
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Policy Snapshot
February 1, 2019

Learn how to manage and submit your 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website by April 2 by viewing these brief videos: