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Reminder: Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception for EHR Use Application Deadline: December 31

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:54
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP) The deadline to submit a Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the Advancing Care...

Quality and Cost Measures under Consideration: CMS Releases List for 2018 Pre-Rulemaking

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:48
Health Policy Skilled Nursing Care, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Quality, Measures The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the Measures under Consideration List on the...

CMS Finalizes Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Changes, Cancels Episode Payment Models & Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:43
Health Policy Cardiovascular Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment On November 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models that were to be operated by the CMS Innovation Center and implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR)...

CMS Finalizes Elimination of the GT Modifier for Telehealth Services

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:39
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Coding, Reimbursement, & Documentation, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released MLN Matters MM10152 noting that they have eliminated the requirement to use the GT modifier (via interactive audio and video telecommunications systems) on professional claims for telehealth services. Use of the telehealth Place of...

Tax Bill Reconciliation

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:35
Health Policy Medicare, Medicaid The House of Representatives and Senate have both passed their versions of tax reform legislation. Both bills are now being conferenced to reconcile the different versions before a final identical bill can be passed and signed into law. The Society has been actively monitoring the...

AMA House of Delegates Approves Policy on SNF Preadmission Screening Requirements

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:32
Health Policy Medicare, Medicaid, Observation Status During the most recent Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HoD), the AMA approved a resolution related to the OBRA Nursing Facility Screening Requirements. Specifically, the resolution asked the AMA to “work with the US Department of Health and Human...

Society Leader to Discuss CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI — December 14

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:30
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Dementia, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Thursday, December 14 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET Register for Medicare Learning Network events. During this call, learn how to work with physicians to ensure compliance with the new psychotropic medication prescribing...

Senate Takes Procedural Step to Advance the Tax Reform Bill

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:26
Health Policy Medicare, Medicaid This week the Senate took a procedural vote 52-48 to begin debate on the tax overhaul legislation. The Society was glad to see that the Senate version did not include repeal of the medical tax deduction that was included in the House version of the legislation. The Society continues to emphasize...

CMS Announces Delay in Some Phase 2 Requirements of Participation

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:20
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Federal Regulations, F-Tags, Surveyor Guidance On Friday, November 24th the Survey and Certification Group (S&C) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two memos indicating that CMS is delaying some enforcement provisions of the Phase 2 requirements, but CMS will proceed with implementing the new survey process...

House Holds Hearing on MACRA Implementation and Alternative Payment Models

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:42
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Alternative Payment Models (APM), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP) Recently the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “MACRA and Alternative Payment Models: Developing Options for Value-based...

Alex Azar Picked As New HHS Secretary

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:40
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) This week the President announced Alex Azar as his pick for the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Azar was most recently the President of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company and a member of the Board of Directors for the Biotechnology Innovation...

Want to Learn More About CMS Virtual Groups?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:37
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Merit-Based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS), Quality Payment Program (QPP) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will have a webinar to review further details of virtual groups on Tuesday, November 21st at 1-2pm EST. To register for the CMS webinar, click here. Some brief...