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July 16, 2020

You are invited to complete a Telehealth Impact Study Provider Questionnaire by clicking on the link below. The study has been approved by the Mayo Clinic IRB and is part of the efforts in the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition* to address the pandemic. Since COVID-19 started, there has been a significant shift toward telehealth. The goal of this project is to learn more about your experience with telehealth to identify the challenges and barriers, as well as the benefits.

Building on existing research, your response will help...

Policy Snapshot
July 16, 2020

The National Governors Association (NGA) released an updated memo and table of state actions summarizing COVID-19 response strategies for populations receiving long-term care. NGA also released a briefing on COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities.

Policy Snapshot
July 9, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Open Payments Program Year 2019 data, along with newly submitted and updated payment records for previous program years. This accounts for payments or transfers of value made between January 1 and December 31, 2019. Applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations collectively reported:

  • $10.03 billion publishable payments and ownership and investment interests to physicians and teaching hospitals (10.98 million total records)
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Policy Snapshot
July 9, 2020

Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm ET

These webcasts, which are held Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM ET, are brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Improvement Organization Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations serving every state and territory. The topic of this week’s webcast on July 16 is Reopening Considerations. Register now.

Miss an episode? View recordings, slides, and resources...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

Last week, three minority members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging—Ranking Member Sen.  Bob Casey (D-PA) and  Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR)—released a new report, COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: How the Trump...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

Last week, the Society joined the American Medical Association and other national medical organizations in urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the office visit increases and waive the requirement for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to adjust Medicare physician payments for budget neutrality when it implements the office visit coding and payment changes that it has finalized for 2021.

The groups noted that “Payment reductions of this magnitude would be a major problem at any time, but to impose cuts of this magnitude during or...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Self-Nomination Materials are now posted on the Quality Payment Program Resource Library. You may access the 2021 Self-Nomination Toolkit for Qualified Clinical Data...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

This series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Improvement Organization Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations serving every state and territory. Upcoming topics include Managing Staff Challenges on July 9 and Reopening Considerations on July 16. Both will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 PM ET. ...

Policy Snapshot
July 2, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted guidance on the allowance of telehealth encounters for the eligible professional and eligible clinician electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) used in CMS quality reporting programs for the 2020 and 2021 performance periods. Guidance provided applies to eCQMs used in each of the following programs:

  • Quality Payment Program: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)
  • APM: Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)
  • APM: Primary
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Policy Snapshot
June 26, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to end the emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system by August 14, 2020. The PBJ system allows CMS to collect nursing home staffing information that impacts the quality of care residents receive. The blanket waiver was intended to temporarily allow the agency to concentrate efforts on combating COVID-19 and reduce administrative burden on nursing homes so they could focus on patient health and safety during this public health...