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March 29, 2018

In response to the deepening opioid crisis, Congress is engaged in a multi-faceted review of a package of opioid bills.  The recently passed omnibus bill included an additional $3.6 billion for opioid-addiction and mental-health services such as increased NIH funding, state opioid grant program funding, and law enforcement grant funding.  In addition, Congress hopes to move quickly on authorizing legislation with the House projecting a vote before Memorial Day.  The various House and Senate committees of jurisdiction are each considering legislation which will presumably be...

Policy Snapshot
March 29, 2018

The March 31, 2018 data submission deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) was extended and is now Tuesday, April 3 at 8PM EDT!

As you prepare to submit 2017 MIPS data...

Policy Snapshot
March 16, 2018

At last week’s HIMSS18 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator laid out lofty goals for the Administration. Introduced by White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Administrator Verma recounted a story of her husband’s near fatal heart attack and the difficulty she had accessing all of his records.

She made it clear that the Administration would issue regulations against what is known as “data blocking” where health systems allow access to records only if you are a part of that system. In the age of being able to access...

Policy Snapshot
March 16, 2018

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement

Tuesday, March 20 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

Register for Medicare Learning Network events.

During this call, gain insight on the phase two changes for person-centered care planning and discharge planning. Also, learn about the new Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations....

Policy Snapshot
March 16, 2018

The Philadelphia Regional Office of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  will be hosting a webinar focusing on Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting for the 2017 performance year on Tuesday, March 20, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM EDT.  The webinar will focus on the requirements of the 2017 MIPS program, with an emphasis on the reporting requirements and submission mechanisms available to clinicians ahead of the March 31, 2018 reporting deadline.  This is the same presentation that was offered by the Philadelphia Regional Office on January 23, 2018....

Policy Snapshot
March 8, 2018

If you are an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment Program, you can submit your 2017 performance data using the new feature on the Quality Payment Program website. The 2017 data submission period runs through March 31 with two exceptions:

  • Individual eligible clinicians submitting quality data via claims should have already submitted their claims for processing
  • For groups using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web Interface, your submission period ends on March 16 at 8 pm ET
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
March 8, 2018

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 the fourth quarter of 2011, 23.9 percent residents received an antipsychotic medication...

Policy Snapshot
March 8, 2018

This year during the Society’s 2018 Annual Conference (March 21-25 in Grapevine, TX) the new Practice Group Network has sponsored sessions to address leadership and management knowledge necessary for running a successful post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) practice.

The practice management sessions will explore the business and clinical leadership side of PALTC practices in the ever-changing new value-based medicine environment. Some of the...

Policy Snapshot
March 8, 2018

On March 6, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative – MyHealthEData – to empower patients by giving them control of their health care data and allowing it to follow them through their health care journey. MyHealthEData will help to break down the barriers that prevent patients from having electronic access and true control of their own health records. Patients will be able to choose the provider that best meets their needs and then give that provider secure access to their data, leading to greater competition and reducing costs.

In an address at the Healthcare...

Policy Snapshot
March 1, 2018

For the second year in a row, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care medicine is a collaborator for the HIMMS18 conference in Las Vegas, NV March 5-9. The conference is the major health information technology (HIT) event that bring vendors, thought leaders and representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) together to discuss latest trends and policy priorities in the HIT space.

For more than a decade, the Society has...