Category: Research

CMS announces access to Medicare data for entrepreneurs and innovators

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces through its acting administrator, Andy Slavitt, a new policy that for the first time will allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access CMS data, such as Medicare claims. As part of the Administration’s commitment to use of data and information to drive transformation of the healthcare delivery system, […]

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LTC providers bear burden of poor oversight of Medicare auditors

Long-term care and other providers could be facing unfair burdens due to ineffective government oversight of Medicare auditors, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services does keep a database to track Recovery Audit Contractor activity and prevent them from reviewing the same claim multiple times, […]

Study finds discharge recommendations not followed

A recent study, published in the Journal of Aging Research, shows that almost 25% of recommendations made by the hospital discharge team to the nursing homes were not followed.  The goal for the research team was to document how often recommendations were not followed. The three most common recommendations not followed in the study were […]

OIG releases 2014 work plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that focused on its fiscal year 2014 Work Plan. The work plan summarizes the activities the OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year (FY) and future years. The OIG Work Plan for FY 2014 provides brief descriptions […]

CMS announces post-acute participants for bundled payment initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the most recent participants in its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative. Under the BPCI Initiative, organizations enter into payment arrangements that include financial and performance accountability for episodes of care. These models may lead to higher quality, more coordinated care at a lower […]

OIG releases new report on contractor error rate

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report that focused on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program. Read on to learn more about what the report found.

OIG report finds EHRs are being improperly reviewed by CMS

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report titled, “CMS and Its Contractors Have Adopted Few Program Integrity Practices to Address Vulnerability in EHRs” that finds that few CMS contractors from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) were reviewing electronic health records properly. According to the OIG report, electronic health […]

What would you want in a smartphone application?

Fast Forward Consulting is launching a national survey to better understand the needs of caregivers as it develops a smart phone application designed to coordinate care, bring caregiver communities together, and most importantly help ease caregiver stress and improve their health.