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Join CMS at a 2018 QCDR Measures Workgroup to Learn More about 2019 QCDR Measure Development, Processes, and Expectations

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 08:12
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality, Measures On Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar that will provide an overview of Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measure development, processes and expectations. This webinar is intended to assist with the development...

MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Webinar — June 12

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:36
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality, Measures Recently, CMS announced that they changed the name of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting...

CMS Releases Annual Quality Measure Development Plan

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:32
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners, Quality The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their 2018 Annual Report: Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP). The 2018 MDP Annual Report describes CMS...

Advocacy Action Alert: Bipartisan Geriatrics Workforce Legislation Introduced in Senate

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:27
Health Policy Care Settings/Types, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners This week, Senators Susan Collins (R—Maine) and co-sponsor Senator Bob Casey (D—Pennsylvania) introduced the bipartisan Geriatrics Workforce Improve Act (S.2888) in the U.S. Senate. This bill echoes similar bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure...

Quality Payment Program: Check 2018 MIPS Clinician Eligibility at the Group Level

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:11
Health Policy Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Payment, Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA), Quality Payment Program (QPP), Practitioners You can now log in to the CMS Quality Payment Program website to check your group’s 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): Log in to the feature using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials...

Spotlight on the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:08
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), Practitioners Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),...

House Ways & Means Committee Passes Opioid Related Bills

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:05
Health Policy Medicare, Medication, Opioids, Practitioners This week, the House Ways & Means Committee approved seven bipartisan pieces of legislation focused on reducing opioid abuse in Medicare. The package would expand coverage for medication-assisted treatment, promote non-opioid therapies for pain management and require Part D plans to have...

House Energy & Commerce Sends 25 Opioid Bills to House Floor

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:57
Health Policy Opioids, Pain Management, Practitioners This week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed 25 opioid related pieces of legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives. This was just the first of two mark-up hearings the committee will have on whether to send more than 50 opioid bills to the floor in total. One...

Members Appointed to New Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:38
Health Policy Medication, Opioids, Pain Management, Practitioners The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week the appointment of 28 members to the new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force). The Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that...

CMS Release SNF PPS Proposed Rule

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:35
Health Policy Care Settings/Types, Skilled Nursing Care, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Practitioners The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 27, 2018 to overhaul the payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The rule would update the payment...