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  • New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library

    New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library

    New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library CMS has posted the following new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on CMS.gov: 2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit: Includes an overview fact sheet, which details what virtual groups are and how to participate in a virtual group in 2019; an election process fact sheet…
  • CMS Finalizes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden

    CMS Finalizes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden

      CMS Finalizes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden Changes in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System final rule will advance price transparency and electronic health records   Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to empower patients and advance the White…
  • CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule

    CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule

      CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) proposed rule advances CMS commitment to increasing transparency and lowering drug prices Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps to strengthen the Medicare program with proposed changes to ensure that…
  • CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients

    CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients

    CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients Americans enjoy the benefits of the best healthcare providers and innovators in the world. Yet while the volume of care consumed by American patients has not increased dramatically comparative to similar economies, the cost of care in the United States has accelerated at an alarming pace. Healthcare costs…
  • CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program

    CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program

    CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed policies for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program via the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The provisions included in the NPRM are reflective of the feedback we…
  • CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis

    CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis

      CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis States provided guidance in designing treatment options for Opioid Epidemic   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS released guidanceaimed at building on our commitment to partner with states to ensure that they have flexibilities and the tools necessary to combat the opioid crisis. …

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  • Nursing Homes Urged to Continue Tracking, Reporting Clostridium difficile Data September 11, 2018
    Health care-associated infections such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) often result in considerable suffering for patients and increased costs for the health care system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 80 percent of deaths associated with C. difficile occur among Americans age 65 or older. To better understand the […]
  • Did You Know? September 11, 2018
    On Wednesday, September 12, the QIO Program is hosting a National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) event on addressing disparities in long-term services and supports. Click here to learn more about the event and to register!
  • HHS Deputy Secretary Shares Vision for Combating Opioid Crisis September 11, 2018
    Better care coordination, including telehealth and ride-sharing services, can help diminish the impact of the opioid crisis among seniors, as described by Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan during his keynote address on July 16 at the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C. “I’m not sure many caregivers for the elderly would have thought […]
  • How CMS is “Doubling Down” on Health IT September 11, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is doubling down on health information technology (IT) and taking advantage of recent innovations to “empower patients with their own data, decisions and care,” according to a recent blog by CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The CMS Administrator outlined three key areas where CMS is focusing its energy […]
  • 2017 QIO Program Progress Report Shows Patients Remain the Focus of Quality Improvement Activities September 11, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s quality improvement initiatives and beneficiary advocacy activities took a major step forward in 2017, according to the latest QIO Program Progress Report. The report, which includes data-driven results and success stories from the 14 Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-QIOs and two Beneficiary and […]
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