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Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy Updates

February 2nd, 2018|

CMS proposes Medicare Advantage and Part D payment and policy updates to provide new benefits for enrollees, new protections to combat opioid crisis 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for the Medicare health and drug programs in 2019 that increase flexibility in Medicare Advantage that will allow more options and

Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance Nursing Homes

January 25th, 2018|

When it comes to Composite Scores, the lower the better. Scores are comprised of 13 long-stay quality measures. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a national goal for nursing homes to achieve a 6.00 or less.

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

December 13th, 2017|

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) and

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

November 6th, 2017|

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), as

CMS Finalizes Policies that Reduce Provider Burden, Lower Drug Prices

November 3rd, 2017|

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

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

October 31st, 2017|

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

Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

October 27th, 2017|

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

Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool

October 5th, 2017|

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

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

September 28th, 2017|

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

CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

September 14th, 2017|

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.

CMS will

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