Category: Clinical

IMPACT Act Standardized Assessment Data: Comments due August 26

Public comments are due August 26 on standardized assessment-based data items developed under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to meet the domains of: cognitive function and mental status; special services, treatments, and interventions; medical conditions and co-morbidities; and impairments. CMS seeks comments on: Potential for improving quality Utility for […]

Join us for a Skilled Nursing Facility Volume- to Value-Based Reimbursement Boot Camp!

Join us on 10/10/16 – 10/11/16 in Davidson (Charlotte), NC Building solid operational and clinical processes is key for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to stay compliant under the numerous Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory changes effective October 1. The evolving “volume to value” industry landscape brings with it more accountability, higher outcome […]

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

New quality measures are now included in the overall calculation for Nursing Home star ratings Today, August 10, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popular Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures, giving families more information at their fingertips to help them make important decisions about care. […]

Medicare announces participants in effort to improve access, quality of care in rural areas

On August 4th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the participants in the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration, an effort to increase access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in areas of the country where access to health services can be limited because of distance from providers. Ten critical access hospitals […]

Final FY 2017 Medicare Payment and Policy Changes for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

On July 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice updating fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS).  The updates for FY 2017 are summarized below. SUMMARY OF PAYMENT UPDATES Update to IPF Payments:  CMS estimates IPF payments […]

Upcoming webcast: ACOs and Bundling: The New Dating Game

In recent years, the skilled nursing reimbursement system has continually evolved, and to find a suitable partner, you must now develop an appealing profile. In the new ACO payment system, it’s vital to know which skills are most valuable and how diagnosis coding can affect relationships with potential “suitors.” During this program, expert speaker Maureen […]

Quality Reporting Program Provider Training: August 9&10

CMS is hosting a 2-day, in-person training event on August 9 and 10 for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting program (QRP) in Chicago, IL. This training is for IRF providers, associations, and organizations. The objective is to provide IRFs with assessment-based data collection instructions and updates associated with the changes in the October […]

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Take our book survey! We’re constantly striving to deliver the tools you need to make your job easier and more efficient but we can’t do it without hearing from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey so we can determine what books we should be offering. To take the survey […]

CMS releases the next version of Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Support and Alignment Networks

Americans deserve a health care system that delivers the right care, at the right time, and at a cost that is reasonable and easy to understand. Such a system will result in fewer unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions, fewer healthcare-associated infections, reduced patient harm, and will show continuous improvement in quality of care and cost […]