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This major final rule addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, such as changes to the Value Modifier, to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. This final rule also includes changes related to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, requirements for Medicare Advantage Provider Networks, and provides for the release of certain pricing data from Medicare Advantage bids and of data from medical loss ratio reports submitted by Medicare health and drug plans...
November 15, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905888/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-coverage-and-payment-for-renal-dialysis-services-furnished-to-individuals-with-acute-kidney-injury-end-stage-renal-disease-quality-incentive-program-durable-medical-equipment-prosthetics-orthotics
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This rule updates and makes revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2017. It also finalizes policies for coverage and payment for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, including the inclusion of new quality measures beginning with payment year (PY) 2020 and provides updates to programmatic policies for the PY 2018 and PY 2019 ESRD QIP...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864915/identification-of-emergency-department-visits-in-medicare-administrative-claims-approaches-and-implications
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Arjun K Venkatesh, Hao Mei, Keith Kocher, Mike Granovsky, Ziad Obermeyer, Erica Spatz, Craig Rothenberg, Harlan Krumholz, Zhenqui Lin
OBJECTIVES: Administrative claims datasets are often used for emergency care research and policy investigations of healthcare resource utilization, acute care practices, and evaluation of quality improvement interventions. Despite the high profile of emergency department (ED) visits in analyses using administrative claims, little work has evaluated the degree to which existing definitions based on claims data accurately captures conventionally defined hospital-based ED services. We sought to construct an operational definition for ED visitation using a comprehensive Medicare dataset and to compare this definition to existing operational definitions used by researchers and policymakers...
November 19, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849349/health-systems-tackling-social-determinants-of-health-promises-pitfalls-and-opportunities-of-current-policies
#4
Krisda H Chaiyachati, David T Grande, Jaya Aysola
Although improving the quality and delivery of clinical care is a critical mission for health systems, they are increasingly being tasked with improving the overall health of patients. This new directive is reflected in the growing number of health sector efforts in population health-a concept intertwined with social forces that impact patient care and health outcomes: the social determinants of health. Three policies that have the potential to help health systems intervene on social determinants of health are: 1) the Internal Revenue Service-mandated Community Health Needs Assessment for nonprofit hospitals, 2) value-based payment reform, and 3) CMS' Accountable Health Communities program...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783546/risk-of-nondherence-to-diabetes-medications-among-medicare-advantage-enrollees-development-of-a-validated-risk-prediction-tool
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Shivani K Mhatre, Omar Serna, Shubhada Sansgiry, Marc L Fleming, E James Essien, Sujit S Sansgiry
BACKGROUND: Low adherence to oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs) in the Medicare population can greatly reduce Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings for managed care organizations (MCOs). OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a risk assessment tool (Prescription Medication Adherence Prediction Tool for Diabetes Medications [RxAPT-D]) to predict nonadherence to OADs using Medicare claims data. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, claims data for members enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) program in Houston, Texas, were used...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775769/association-between-changes-in-cms-reimbursement-policy-and-drug-labels-for-erythrocyte-stimulating-agents-with-outcomes-for-older-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-covered-by-fee-for-service-medicare
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Cunlin Wang, Robert Kane, Mark Levenson, Jeffrey Kelman, Michael Wernecke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Steven Kozlowski, Carmen Dekmezian, Zhiwei Zhang, Aliza Thompson, Kimberly Smith, Yu-Te Wu, Yuqin Wei, Yoganand Chillarige, Qin Ryan, Chris Worrall, Thomas E MaCurdy, David J Graham
Importance: In 2011, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed its reimbursement policy for hemodialysis to a bundled comprehensive payment system that included the cost of erythrocyte-stimulating agents (ESAs). Also in 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration revised the drug label for ESAs, recommending more conservative dosing in patients with chronic kidney disease. In response to concerns that these measures could have adverse effects on patient care and outcomes, the CMS and the FDA initiated a collaboration to assess the effect...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755264/understanding-value-based-reimbursement-models-and-trends-in-orthopaedic-health-policy-an-introduction-to-the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-macra-of-2015
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Khaled J Saleh, William O Shaffer
In 2015, the US Congress passed legislation entitled the Medicare Access and CHIP [Children's Health Insurance Program] Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which led to the formation of two reimbursement paradigms: the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs). The MACRA effectively repealed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula while combining several CMS quality-reporting programs. As such, MACRA represents an unparalleled acceleration toward reimbursement models that recognize value rather than volume...
November 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729444/can-payment-reform-be-social-reform-the-lure-and-liabilities-of-the-triple-aim
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Sandra J Tanenbaum
The formulation of the triple aim responds to three problems facing the US health care system: high cost, low quality, and poor health status. The purpose of this article is to analyze the potential of the health care system to achieve the triple aim and, specifically, the attempt to improve population health by rewarding providers who contain costs. The first section of the article will consider the task of improving population health through the health care system. The second section of the article will discuss CMS's efforts to pay providers to achieve the triple aim, that is, to improve health care and population health while containing cost...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712937/will-medicare-readmission-penalties-motivate-hospitals-to-reduce-arthroplasty-readmissions
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R Carter Clement, Caitlin M Gray, Michael M Kheir, Peter B Derman, Rebecca M Speck, L Scott Levin, Lee A Fleisher
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently imposed penalties against hospitals with above-average 30-day readmission rates following total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Hospitals must decide whether investments in readmission prevention are worthwhile. This study examines the financial incentives associated with unplanned readmissions before and after invocation of these penalties. METHODS: Financial data were reviewed for 2028 consecutive primary TJAs performed on Medicare beneficiaries over a 2-year period at an urban academic health system...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676687/proposed-medicare-physician-payment-schedule-for-2017-impact-on-interventional-pain-management-practices
#10
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Alan D Kaye, Joshua A Hirsch
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule on July 7, 2016, addressing Medicare payments for physicians providing services either in an office or facility setting, which also includes payments for office expenses and quality provisions for physicians. This proposed rule occurs in the context of numerous policy changes, most notably related to the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...
September 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676686/merit-based-incentive-payment-system-mips-harsh-choices-for-interventional-pain-management-physicians
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
UNLABELLED: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to improve the health of all Americans by providing incentives and policies to improve patient health outcomes. MIPS combines 3 existing programs, Meaningful Use (MU), now called Advancing Care Information (ACI), contributing 25% of the composite score; Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), changed to Quality, contributing 50% of the composite score; and Value-based Payment (VBP) system to Resource Use or cost, contributing 10% of the composite score...
September 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637653/reducing-30-day-readmission-after-joint-replacement
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Monique C Chambers, Mouhanad M El-Othmani, Afshin A Anoushiravani, Zain Sayeed, Khaled J Saleh
Hospital readmission is a focus of quality measures used by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to evaluate quality of care. Policy changes provide incentives and enforce penalties to decrease 30-day hospital readmissions. CMS implemented the Readmission Penalty Program. Readmission rates are being used to determine reimbursement rates for physicians. The need for readmission is deemed an indication for inadequate quality of care subjected to financial penalties. This reviews identifies risk factors that have been significantly associated with higher readmission rates, addresses approaches to minimize 30-day readmission, and discusses the potential future direction within this area as regulations evolve...
October 2016: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595426/on-label-and-off-label-prescribing-patterns-of-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-in-inpatient-hospital%C3%A2-settings-in-the-us-during-the-period-of%C3%A2-major%C3%A2-regulatory-changes
#13
Arpamas Seetasith, David Holdford, Anal Shah, Julie Patterson
BACKGROUND: A number of policy and labeling interventions aimed at reducing inappropriate prescribing of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) were implemented in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010. These interventions included the addition of an FDA Black Box Warning to ESA labeling, the implementation of a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy program, and the adoption of payment restrictions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The impact of these safety interventions on different types of ESA prescribing (on-label, off-label; evidence-based, not evidence-based) has not been investigated in a single study...
August 3, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27584897/unpacking-macra-the-proposed-rule-and-its-implications-for-payment-and-practice
#14
Camille Haycock, Michelle L Edwards, Christopher S Stanley
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that details a consolidated pay-for-performance provider payment system within the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. This proposed rule establishes policy for the new provider Merit-Based Incentive System and Alternative Payment Models. While the rule is extremely complex, and not yet finalized, there are significant implications for nursing and advanced practice providers. This proposed rule intends to drastically change the current provider payment system and reward providers who demonstrate better quality outcomes at a lower cost...
October 2016: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27567000/changes-in-the-quality-of-care-during-progress-from-stage-1-to-stage-2-of-meaningful-use
#15
David M Levine, Michael J Healey, Adam Wright, David W Bates, Jeffrey A Linder, Lipika Samal
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) canceled Meaningful Use (MU), replacing it with Advancing Care Information, which preserves many MU elements. Therefore, transitioning from MU stage 1 to MU stage 2 has important implications for the new policy, yet the quality of care provided by physicians transitioning from MU1 to MU2 is unknown. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal evaluation of the quality of care delivered by outpatient physicians at an academic medical center in the transition between MU1 and MU2...
August 26, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27550398/informed-family-member-involvement-to-improve-the-quality-of-dementia-care-in-nursing-homes
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Jennifer Tjia, Celeste A Lemay, Alice Bonner, Christina Compher, Kelli Paice, Terry Field, Kathleen Mazor, Jacob N Hunnicutt, Kate L Lapane, Jerry Gurwitz
OBJECTIVES: To describe the extent to which nursing homes engaged families in antipsychotic initiation decisions in the year before surveyor guidance revisions were implemented. DESIGN: Mixed-methods study based on semistructured interviews. SETTING: U.S. nursing homes (N = 20) from five CMS regions (III, IV, VI, VIII, IX). PARTICIPANTS: Family members of nursing home residents (N = 41). MEASUREMENTS: Family member responses to closed- and open-ended questions regarding involvement in resident care and antipsychotic initiation...
August 22, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27544939/medicare-program-hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-systems-for-acute-care-hospitals-and-the-long-term-care-hospital-prospective-payment-system-and-policy-changes-and-fiscal-year-2017-rates-quality-reporting-requirements-for-specific-providers-graduate
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We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2017. Some of these changes will implement certain statutory provisions contained in the Pathway for Sustainable Growth Reform Act of 2013, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implications for Care Eligibility Act of 2015, and other legislation...
August 22, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27416650/medicare-accountable-care-organizations-beneficiary-assignment-update
#18
Thomas Vaughn, A Clinton MacKinney, Keith J Mueller, Fred Ullrich, Xi Zhu
This brief updates Brief No. 2014-3 and explains changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulations issued in June 2015 pertaining to beneficiary assignment for Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs. Overall, the regulatory changes are intended to (1) encourage ACOs to participate in two-sided risk contracts, (2) increase the likelihood that beneficiaries are assigned to the physician (and ACO) from whom they receive most of their primary care services, and (3) make it easier for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to participate in ACOs...
June 2016: Rural Policy Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27355909/effects-of-physician-payment-reform-on-provision-of-home-dialysis
#19
Kevin F Erickson, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Glenn M Chertow, Jay Bhattacharya
OBJECTIVES: Patients with end-stage renal disease can receive dialysis at home or in-center. In 2004, CMS reformed physician payment for in-center hemodialysis care from a capitated to a tiered fee-for-service model, augmenting physician payment for frequent in-center visits. We evaluated whether payment reform influenced dialysis modality assignment. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study of patients starting dialysis in the United States in the 3 years before and the 3 years after payment reform...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27295736/medicare-program-medicare-shared-savings-program-accountable-care-organizations-revised-benchmark-rebasing-methodology-facilitating-transition-to-performance-based-risk-and-administrative-finality-of-financial-calculations-final-rule
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Under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program), providers of services and suppliers that participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) continue to receive traditional Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments under Parts A and B, but the ACO may be eligible to receive a shared savings payment if it meets specified quality and savings requirements. This final rule addresses changes to the Shared Savings Program, including: Modifications to the program's benchmarking methodology, when resetting (rebasing) the ACO's benchmark for a second or subsequent agreement period, to encourage ACOs' continued investment in care coordination and quality improvement; an alternative participation option to encourage ACOs to enter performance-based risk arrangements earlier in their participation under the program; and policies for reopening of payment determinations to make corrections after financial calculations have been performed and ACO shared savings and shared losses for a performance year have been determined...
June 10, 2016: Federal Register
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