Collaborative announces consensus on core measure sets for certain clinicians

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The Core Quality Measures Collaborative, a public-private effort to align and simplify quality measures for physicians and other clinicians, has reached consensus on core quality measures for certain primary and specialty care providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and America’s Health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Study: Adjusting for social determinants of health changes readmissions penalty status

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In a study published online this week in JAMA Pediatrics, adjusting for social determinants of health changed hospitals’ penalty status on a readmissions-based pay-for-performance measure. The study compared the performance of 43 children’s hospitals on a readmissions-based pay-for-performance model... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: socioeconomic status, Medicaid

Seeking some changes, AHA generally backs CMS discharge planning proposal

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The AHA Jan. 4 said it “generally supports” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule revising discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAH) and home health agencies.

In comments submitted to the agency, Ashley Thompson, the AHA’s senior vice... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, CAHs, Medicaid, care coordination, prevention, home health

CMS selects hospices for Medicare model combining hospice, curative services

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More than 140 Medicare-certified hospices will participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, which will allow eligible Medicare beneficiaries and those dually eligible for Medicaid to receive hospice services while curative services continue, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare, Medicaid, hospice

CMS issues proposed rule revising requirements for long-term care facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule overhauling the quality and safety requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The last major revisions to the requirements were in 1991. According to CMS, the rule... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, safety, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

Physicians can apply to participate in new oncology care payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced a new Oncology Care Model for physician practices aimed at providing better and more coordinated care at lower cost. The five-year model will begin in spring 2016 and provide episode- and performance-based payment. Participants must provide... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, Medicare, Medicaid

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