CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

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

Senate passes Jessie's Law

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The Senate today approved by unanimous consent legislation (S. 581) that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate best practices for displaying a patient’s history of opioid use disorders in their medical records. The bill would require HHS to consult with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, opioids

GAO names 15 to new health IT advisory committee

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The Government Accountability Office today appointed 15 members to a committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 to advise the national coordinator for health information technology on advancing electronic health information exchange, access and use. The members include: Tina Esposito, vice... read more

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

AHA announces new trustees for 2017

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The AHA has elected eight members to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. The incoming board members are: Christina Campos, administrator of Guadalupe County Hospital, Santa Rosa, NM; Robert Casalou, regional president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Canton, MI;... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

Playbook offers strategies for effective hospital-community partnerships

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate has released a new resource to help hospitals partner with their communities to achieve a culture of health. Developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the “playbook” outlines strategies and lessons learned from 10 strong... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS final rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule will increase rates by 1.2% in FY 2018, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. The rule includes an initial... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues LTCH PPS final rule for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its long-term care hospital prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2018. Under the rule, traditional LTCH PPS rates will be updated by 1.0%, as mandated, while payment rates for site-neutral cases will decrease by a net 20%.... read more

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

CMS issues FY 2018 payment update for inpatient psychiatric facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a notice updating the payment rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2018. CMS makes a net payment increase of 0.99%, or $45 million, compared to FY 2017. This includes a 2.6% market-basket update, offset by cuts of 0.6% for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Behavioral health

Court allows states to intervene in House lawsuit challenging CSRs

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States may become a party to the House Republicans’ lawsuit challenging cost-sharing reduction payments because they would suffer concrete injury if the payments ended, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered yesterday. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia asked in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS finalizes hospice wage index, payment rates for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule updating Medicare’s hospice wage index, payment rates and cap amount for fiscal year 2018. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 set the hospice market basket update at 1% for FY 2018, meaning hospices will... read more

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

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