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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 […]

CMS releases the first ever Public Use File for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

The MCBS 2013 Access to Care public use file (MCBS PUF) provides the first publicly available MCBS file for researchers interested in the health, health care use, access to and satisfaction with care for Medicare beneficiaries, while providing the very highest degree of protection to the Medicare beneficiaries’ protected health information.  Celebrating 25 years of […]

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CMS added six new quality measures to Nursing Home Compare

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website (https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html). Three of these six new quality measures are based on Medicare-claims data submitted by hospitals, which is significant because this is the first time CMS is including quality measures that are not based […]

Proposed fiscal year 2017 payment and policy changes for Medicare

On April 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule outlining proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The proposed policies in the proposed rule continue to shift Medicare payments from volume to value. The Administration has set measurable goals […]

CMS announces initiative to transform primary care

On April 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for in America. The effort, the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices, which […]

Elder Justice Task Forces seek to protect our nation's seniors

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces.  These teams will bring together federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and agencies that provide services to the elderly, to coordinate and enhance efforts to pursue nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care to their residents. […]

New payment model test for nursing facility care aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations

On March 24th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new effort to improve care for nursing facility residents. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will test whether a new payment model for nursing facilities and practitioners will further reduce avoidable hospitalizations, lower combined Medicare and Medicaid spending, and improve the […]

Join our long-term care review group

HCPro is seeking enthusiastic long-term care managers, nurse leaders, and nurse educators to join an ad-hoc group interested in reading and reviewing prepublication drafts of books and training materials in your areas of interest and expertise. Our editors will send you periodic emails listing upcoming projects available for outside review. If you’re interested, just let […]

CMS releases Skilled Nursing Facility utilization and payment data

On March 9th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a public data set that provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).  The Skilled Nursing Facility Utilization and Payment Public Use File (SNF PUF) contains information on utilization, payments, and submitted charges organized by provider, state, and […]