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October 7, 2016
Last week, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded at current levels through December 9. President Obama signed the legislation, averting a government shutdown. Both chambers are now in recess...
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September 30, 2016
This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities that participate in the...
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September 30, 2016
This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an Open Door Forum to provide details about the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP). The program enacted under the Protecting Access to Medicare...
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September 30, 2016
2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) are available. The PQRS Feedback Reports show your program year 2015 PQRS reporting results, including payment adjustment...
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September 30, 2016
The next Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Open door forum will be taking place on Thursday October 6th at 2:00mpm EDT. CMS planned agenda for the call includes: Flu Announcement Emergency Preparedness...
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September 23, 2016
The second Annual Report recently released, provides a summative and formative evaluation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative Models 2-4 and is based on the multiple...
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September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 29 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration . Space may be limited, register early. In mid-September 2016, CMS will make 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs)...
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September 23, 2016
This week a number of post-acute care provider groups sent a letter to Ways and Means Committee leaders advocating for major changes to the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act (H. R. 3298). This bipartisan bill would establish a...
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September 16, 2016
Between 2010 and 2015, readmission rates fell by 8 percent nationally. On September 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data showing how these improvements are helping Medicare patients across all 50 states and...
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September 16, 2016
The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measures and Technical Information webpage is updated with Provider Training Questions and Feedback on Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 . This document provides responses to questions from...