Publications

Members only publications are marked with a lock icon:
Filter By
Health Policy
January 15, 2016

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging released their final report which summarizes the work of 2015 year as well as the feedback they have received in the course of carrying out the conference.

In a year that marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the White House Conference on Aging provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of these programs, highlight new actions to support aging Americans,...

Health Policy
January 8, 2016

On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 68126), proposed revisions to requirements for discharge planning for hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs). The proposed rule is designed to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions and improve patient care with a focus on improvements for psychiatric and behavioral health patients, including those with substance abuse disorders. It calls for coordination, consultation, and use of information from community-based service...

Health Policy
January 8, 2016

On December 18th, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released for comment the draft CMS Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP). Section 102 of MACRA, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and post on the cms.gov website “a draft plan for the development of quality measures” by January 1, 2016, for application under certain applicable provisions related to the new...

Health Policy
January 8, 2016

This tools allows users to search for individual claims and registry-based measure specifications based on search criteria provided. Click on a measure link to see detailed specifications. Please note that electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications are not included in this measure search tool.

Click here.

For more information on how to get started with PQRS please visit the AMDA PQRS web page.

Health Policy
December 18, 2015

It is likely that 2015 will be remembered as a crucial year of policy implementation that will set the stage for the future of health care delivery. It began early last January with an announcement from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell that left the fee-for-service as the sole reimbursement model in the dust and moved us with lighting speed into the future of health care delivery. HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations...

Health Policy
December 11, 2015

To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new resources on the EHR Incentive Programs website.

  • What You Need to Know for 2015:
  • ...
Health Policy
December 11, 2015

Electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is required for long-term care facilities beginning July 1, 2016. To prepare, nursing homes should register to submit data to meet this requirement and maintain compliance.

  • Obtain a CMSNet User ID for PBJ if you do not already have one for other Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) applications
  • Obtain a PBJ QIES Provider ID for
  • ...
Health Policy
December 4, 2015

On November 25, CMS shared the updated 2016 CMS Quality Strategy, which incorporates progress made in shifting Medicare payments from volume to value, including payment reform initiatives, as well as new requirements from the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 legislation. The 2016 CMS Quality Strategy helps to align all of CMS to:...

Health Policy
December 4, 2015

In response to feedback from stakeholders and partners of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, CMS is sharing the revised survey materials that were developed for the 2014 Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot and 2015 expansion effort. The intent is that facilities would use these tools to assess their own practices in providing resident care.

The tools can be accessed by clicking here....