Medicare trustees project trust fund solvent until 2029

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The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to cover its obligations until 2029, one year later than projected last year, according to the latest annual report from the Medicare Board of Trustees. The projected 75-year actuarial deficit in the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

CMS delays new requirements for HH agencies by six months

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the effective date from July 13, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018 for its final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as requested by the AHA. CMS also made... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

Reminder: July 1 deadline to apply for EHR hardship exception

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals and eligible professionals who did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET for a hardship exception from the 2018 payment adjustment. For... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, nurses

Coalition launches campaign to transform advanced illness care

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The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), whose members include the AHA, today launched a national campaign to transform advanced illness care through policy change, state and community organizing, and support for family caregivers. According to the coalition, the Campaign to Transform Advanced... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advanced illness care

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the "60% Rule" for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy's "arbitrary access restrictions" for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, care coordination

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the “60% Rule” for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy’s “arbitrary access restrictions” for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying conditions. Commenting on the agency’s proposed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

AHA comments on proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities

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The AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system for fiscal year 2018. In the letter, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development, urged CMS to delay... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation

CMS webinar Monday on proposed updates to MACRA QPP for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a June 26 webinar on the proposed rule updating requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule proposes key policies for the QPP’s 2018... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

Reminder: Comments on IRF, SNF proposed rules due Monday

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June 26 is the deadline to submit comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018. For more on the rules, see last month’s AHA Regulatory Advisories for members on the proposed IRF and SNF... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare

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