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  • Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare Website – New Measures Added

    Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare Website – New Measures Added

    Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare Website – New Measures Added This fact sheet contains information about the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare website that was refreshed with new quality measures added on December 12, 2017. Why is this information being released? Section 3004(a) of the Affordable Care Act established the LTCH Quality Reporting Program (QRP)… Read More »
  • CMS Finalizes Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens

    CMS Finalizes Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens

    CMS Finalizes Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2 to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens Quality Payment Program Year 2 Policies are Gradually Preparing Clinicians for Full Implementation Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule with comment for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (calendar year 2018),… Read More »
  • CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices

    CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices

    CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices 2018 Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule finalized Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). While part of CMS’s broader… Read More »
  • Partners Commit to Helping Kentucky Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    Partners Commit to Helping Kentucky Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    Partners Commit to Helping Kentucky Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), Kentucky Rural Healthcare Information Organization (KRHIO), Qsource — a member of atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) — and the University… Read More »
  • Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

    Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

    Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction Memphis, Tenn. – Clinton County, Indiana, will soon receive a boost in its ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The atom Alliance, a partnership between Memphis-based Qsource in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana; Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH) in Mississippi; and AQAF in Alabama was recently named the… Read More »
  • Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool

    Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool

    Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool CMS has announced the results of the first Qualifying APM Participant (QP) determinations based on eligible clinician participation in the 2017 Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). They have unveiled an interactive look-up tool where many 2017 Advanced APM participants can look up their QP status based on calculations from… Read More »
  • MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation

    MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation

    MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation It’s not too late to participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—one of the two tracks in the Quality Payment Program. The transition year of MIPS has been underway since January 1, 2017 and runs until… Read More »
  • CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

    CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

    CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number.… Read More »
  • CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements

    CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements

    CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements Final rules include policies to be more responsive to patients’ needs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (MS) has issued three final rules outlining 2018 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The final rules are effective for fiscal year (FY)… Read More »
  • CMS Proposes 2018 and 2019 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies

    CMS Proposes 2018 and 2019 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies

    CMS Proposes 2018 and 2019 Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies (HHAs) serving Medicare beneficiaries in 2018 and proposes a redesign of the payment system in 2019. The… Read More »
  • New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form

    New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form

    New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form On June 7, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new versions of the Important Message from Medicare (IM) form (CMS-R-193) and the Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND) form (CMS 10066) on the Beneficiary Notices Initiative webpage. The associated instructions for use are also available.… Read More »
  • Quality Payment Program 2017 MIPS Online Course

    Quality Payment Program 2017 MIPS Online Course

    Now Available: Accredited Online Course – Quality Payment Program 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System: Improvement Activities Performance Category A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment Program is now available through the MLN Learning Management System. Learners will receive information on: The Improvement Activities performance category requirements, and how this category fits into… Read More »

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The official blog for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - visit www.cms.gov

By: Kate Goodrich, M.D., M.H.S., Director, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, CMS Chief Medical Officer Medicare and other payers are rapidly moving toward a healthcare system that rewards high quality care while spending more wisely. Foundational to the success of these efforts is having quality measures that are meaningful to patients, consumers, and providers […]
November 30, 2017, 8:28 pm

By Kate Goodrich, MD Director, CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer CMS is actively working to move the needle on improving quality in healthcare without additional burden to those providers on the frontlines. CMS recently launched a new initiative, ‘Meaningful Measures,’ which will streamline current measure sets – so […]
November 20, 2017, 5:35 pm

November 16, 2017 By: Seema Verma, CMS Administrator @SeemaCMS  Today, CMS is celebrating National Rural Health Day by commemorating our partners who provide quality care to the nearly one in five Americans who reside in rural communities. CMS recognizes the unique challenges facing rural America, and we are taking action to improve access and quality […]
November 16, 2017, 10:30 pm

 CMS Blog https://blog.cms.gov/2017/11/15/cmss-2017-medicare-fee-for-service-improper-payment-rate-is-below-10-percent November 15, 2017 By Kimberly Brandt, Principal Deputy Administrator for Operations (@cms.hhs.gov) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to reducing improper payments in all of its programs, as evidenced by improper payment reduction efforts contained in the Fiscal Year 2018 President’s Budget. CMS’s new leadership is re-examining existing […]...
November 15, 2017, 10:25 pm

CMS BLOG https://blog.cms.gov/2017/11/11/thank-you-for-your-service November 9, 2017 By:  Seema Verma, CMS Administrator Thank You for Your Service We’ve all heard the stories of bravery and sacrifice, or have personally experienced the inspiring dedication to service of our US Military veterans, but for me their heroism was made real on a visit to Normandy. Early in the […]
November 11, 2017, 3:00 pm

By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Each October, as the days grow shorter, time seems to speed up. Maybe it’s because we start planning for the looming holidays or begin bracing for the cold winter, but before we know it we’re saying goodbye to one year and ringing in a […]
October 20, 2017, 2:59 pm

Por: Seema Verma, Administradora de los CMS Como podría haber escuchado ya, o quizás ya vio un comercial de televisión, los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid pronto emitirán a cada beneficiario de Medicare una nueva Tarjeta de Medicare, sin números de Seguro Social, para prevenir el fraude, mantener seguros los fondos de los […]
September 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

By:  Seema Verma, CMS Administrator As you may have heard, or perhaps you’ve seen a recent TV commercial, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare Card, without Social Security Numbers, to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe, and to help ensure […]
September 14, 2017, 4:59 pm

By Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services As a wife and mother, my family’s health is always foremost on my mind. That is why a recent personal experience will forever shape the impact I want to have while serving as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Earlier […]
August 22, 2017, 3:00 pm

By Cara V. James, PhD, Director, CMS Office of Minority Health  Each April we observe National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. This theme acknowledges the important role that social determinants of health play in individual and community well-being. It also evokes action and activity  around health equity. For it […]
April 27, 2017, 3:23 pm

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Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Fred Butler Jr. is a senior advisor for integration and quality at the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) where he also serves as a contracting officer representative for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, which works with clinician practices to advance the development, adoption and sharing of comprehensive quality improvement strategies. LCDR Butler has worked under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for over 20 years ma...

January 9, 2018, 5:00 am

Dennis Wagner, director, and Jeneen Iwugo, deputy director, of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), share why they are excited for the 2018 CMS Quality Conference and what attendees can expect from this year’s event.

For more information about the conference, visit cmsqualityconference.com

January 9, 2018, 5:00 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently provided six tips to help improve health and well-being in 2018.  Click here to learn more.

January 9, 2018, 5:00 am

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new Toolkit To Promote Safe Surgery.

The evidence-based toolkit helps perioperative and surgical units identify opportunities for improvement and interventions to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs), making care safer. It was developed based on the experiences of frontline providers in approximately 200 hospitals who participated in a three-year national implementation project and successfully reduced SSIs by 25 to 4...

January 9, 2018, 5:00 am

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold the next Medication Safety Learning & Action Network (LAN) event on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

This free online training, titled “Psychologically-Integrated Approaches to Pain Management,” will address the challenges related to pain management and opioid use.

Attendees will hear from Dr. Amy Wachholtz from the University of Colorado–Denver who will discuss the four major pain management areas, as well as ...

January 9, 2018, 5:00 am

The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) Quality Conference will bring together CMS program leaders, contractors, federal partners, clinicians, patients, advocates and thought leaders in Baltimore, Maryland from February 12-14. Featuring new priorities, partnerships and opportunities for innovation, this year’s CMS Quality Conference will be a unique opportunity to share insights and spread solutions for health care quality improvement.  

For these best practices and lessons le...

January 9, 2018, 5:00 am

On November 2, CMS finalized the rules for the 2018 Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule. These rules aim to reduce provider burden and lower drug prices. Click here to learn more.

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December 5, 2017, 5:00 am

Sometimes Medicare patients need to make quick decisions or find themselves in circumstances that require pressing action. Whether it is difficulty scheduling an appointment or concerns about not receiving critical medical equipment, patients can feel pressure under the weight of such situations. But just because there isn’t much time doesn’t mean that Medicare patients have to act alone.

Within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, two ...

December 5, 2017, 5:00 am

TV legend Alan Alda called on health care workers to make personal engagement with patients a priority at the 2017 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., which took place from Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

“The way we communicate is through engagement,” said Alda, an actor best known for his role as Army Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce on M*A*S*H and as the host of PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers. “And the basic element of communication is per...

December 5, 2017, 5:00 am

In August and September 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), destroying homes and businesses, and causing significant damage to local critical infrastructure. Due to this widespread destruction, accessing health care services was a major challenge, especially for older adults.

In response, two Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Networks (QIN–QIOs)—TMF Quality Innovation Network, the QIN–QIO for Ark...

December 5, 2017, 5:00 am

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atom is a multi-state alliance composed of three healthcare quality improvement consultancy organizations. As a Quality Innovation Network, we are change agents focused on three aims: better patient care, better population health, and lower health care costs through improvement.

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We work with providers and communities across the region on data-driven initiatives. atom partners drive quality by providing technical assistance, convening learning and action networks for sharing best practices, collecting and analyzing data for improvement.

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