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June 10, 2016

Eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that wish to use the streamlined hardship exception application must submit their application by July 1, 2016. The streamlined hardship applications reduce the amount of information that EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for a hardship exception from the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program 2017 payment adjustment are available below.

This new, streamlined application process is the result of PAMPA...

Health Policy
June 10, 2016

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 are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome. In fourth quarter of 2011, 23.9 percent of long-stay nursing home...

Health Policy
June 10, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued a letter on May 25, 2016, commenting on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule relating to payment updates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The letter, entitled “Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2017, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF quality reporting, and SNF payment research,” includes comments...

Health Policy
June 10, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites the public to join an upcoming listening session to learn more about the Resource Use performance category, which is part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) proposed in the recently released...

Health Policy
June 3, 2016

Electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is required of all Long Term Care Facilities in 2016. July 1 begins the first date of data collection. You will have up to 45 days to submit data from July 1, 2016-September 30, 2016. The last day to submit data for the quarter is November 14, 2016. ALL nursing homes are encouraged to register to submit data to prepare to meet this requirement and maintain compliance.

AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and argued...

Health Policy
June 3, 2016

Tuesday, June 21 through Wednesday, June 22

CMS is hosting a 2-day, in-person, train-the trainer event for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) in Atlanta, GA for SNF providers, associations, and organizations. The objective is to provide SNFs with an overview of the requirements under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) and the QRP.

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Health Policy
June 3, 2016

Where and When:
Long Term Post-Acute Care and Health Information Technology Summit
June 26–28, 2016 | CEUs: 18 Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, VA
Learn more here

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is proud to once again be a strategic partner of the 11th Annual Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health Information Technology (HIT). For over 10 years, HIT leaders, key policy makers, leading providers, federal and state grantees, and other key healthcare...

Health Policy
May 27, 2016

Visit the new Quality Payment Program webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the latest information on key milestones, training opportunities, and educational materials about the new approach to paying Medicare clinicians for quality care. The Quality Payment Program stems from the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Health Policy
May 27, 2016

Groups of two or more Eligible Professionals (EPs) can avoid the -2.0% CY 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustment by meeting the satisfactory reporting criteria through the 2016 PQRS Group Reporting Option (GPRO). The Physician Value - PQRS (PV-PQRS) Registration System is now open through June 30 for groups to select a GPRO reporting mechanism:

  • Qualified PQRS Registry
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) via Direct EHR using certified EHR technology (CEHRT) or CEHRT via Data Submission Vendor
  • Web Interface (for groups with 25 or more
  • ...
Health Policy
May 20, 2016

MACRA Small Practices Fact Sheet: The Quality Payment Program: Flexibilities and Support for Small Practices and Practices in Rural Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas

On April 27, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), bipartisan legislation that replaced the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula with a new approach to paying clinicians for the value and quality of care they provide.

Small practices...