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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 Qsource, 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 recipient

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

CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements

August 2nd, 2017|

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)

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

July 26th, 2017|

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

New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form

July 25th, 2017|

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.

The

Quality Payment Program 2017 MIPS Online Course

July 25th, 2017|

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

2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

July 12th, 2017|

2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today posted an update to the Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected issuer participation on the Health Insurance Exchanges in 2018 based on the known issuer public announcements through July 12, 2017. Participation is expected to

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens

June 21st, 2017|

 

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens
Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018  
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required