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Policy Snapshot
September 18, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised the training procedures for State Survey Agencies (SA) and Regional Offices (ROs) utilizing the QIS to:

  • Eliminate the mock survey and replace it with a survey of record;
  • Eliminate the T3.5 process formerly called “The Trainer Instructor Training”;
  • Update the compliance process and associated tool used for evaluating surveyors; and,
  • Clarify the role of Certified Trainers. This revised QIS training protocol does not replace the structured training program each SA and RO is required
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
September 18, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a complete list of the 2016 ICD-10-CM valid codes and code titles on the 2016 ICD-10-CM and GEMs web page. The file is named icd10cm_codes_2016.txt. This file will be useful for physician offices and other providers who want to check to make sure that they are reporting all characters in a valid ICD-10-...

Policy Snapshot
July 10, 2015

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its annual physician fee schedule proposed rule. The rule proposes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2016.

Advance Care Planning

Among the various proposals, CMS proposes to pay for the already established Advance Care Planning CPT codes. The proposal,...