AMRPA Magazine
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11/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • U.S. District Court Rejects HHS’ Argument to Delay ALJ Backlog Case: Seeks Guidance on Potential Remedies from AHA and HHS 8
  • BPCI Second Year Evaluation Shows Mixed Results 10
  • AMRPA Comments to CMS on Cross-Setting Post-Acute Care Falls Quality Measure 14
  • Understanding Compliance with the 60% Rule 19
  • ACL Designates Fourteen New Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems 20
  • AMRPA Joins Congressional Briefing on First Ever Evidence-Based Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines 21
  • Senate Finance Committee Introduces Bill to Protect Medicare Beneficiaries Coverage 22
  • AMRPA Comment Letter on IRF Tier Comorbidities 24
  • Many New Faces Expected in the 115th House of Representatives 28
  • AMRPA Member News 39
  • CMS Announces Changes in Year Two of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Mode 40
  • New Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks Focus on Reducing Patient Harm 43
  • CMS Needs to Provide Reliable SNF Expenditure Data, GAO Says 45
  • CMS Final Rule Makes Improvements to Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities 47
  • Improving the Health Care Diagnostic Process is Vital to Reducing Diagnostic Errors, Says New Report 48
  • Commonwealth Fund Offers Policy Options for Improving High-Need, High-Cost Patient Care 49
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 50
10/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • CMS Proposes Changes to the Physician Fee Schedule 8
  • CMS Initiates Second Phase of IMPACT Act Implementation 10
  • MedPAC Returns to Post-Acute Care Analysis Driven by IMPACT Act 20
  • Did You Know? Fast Facts Regarding the New IRF-PAI Quality Items 22
  • CMS Releases 2015 Medicare ACOs’ Performance Results 24
  • CDC Study: Spinal Cord Injury is a Leading Cause of Paralysis in the United States 25
  • AMRPA Comment Letter Regarding Proposed Changes to the Medicare Administrative Appeals Process 28
  • AMRPA Comment Letter on the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule 33
  • AMRPA Comment Letter on the CY 2017 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule 37
  • AMRPA Statement Regarding Provisions in the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-
  • Based Purchasing Act of 2015 39
  • AHRQ Issues National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report Chartbook 42
  • Center for Medicare Advocacy Announces New OMHA Beneficiary Help Line for ALJ Appeals 44
  • CMS Releases Data on Hospital Readmissions; Says Rates Fell by 8 Percent in 2010-2015 45
  • Commonwealth Fund Study Examines Patient Care and Medicare Spending at High-Quality Hospitals vs. Low-Quality Hospitals 47
  • CMS Releases 2017 DMEPOS Payment Rates 48
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 50
9/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • Report of the AMRPA Consumer and Clinical Affairs Task Force:CMS Proposes Changes to the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program 8
  • Final IRF PPS 2017 Rule Mirrors the Proposed Rule and Provides No Surprises nor ICD-10 Relief 10
  • 60% Rule Changes: It’s About to Get Real 20
  • Operational Guidance: Using the PEPPER Report in Identifying Risk Areas 22
  • CMS Proposes Mandatory Bundled Payments for Cardiac Care and Hip and Femur Fractures, New Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Program 26
  • CMS Publishes IPPS and LTCH FY 2017 Final Rule; Implements IMPACT Act Measures for LTCHs 32
  • MedPAC’s 2016 Medicare Data Book Shows Slow Post-Acute Care Growth 35
  • AMRPA Submits Comments on CMS Patient Relationship Categories and Codes 38
  • CMS Issues FY 2017 Final Rule Outlining Medicare Payment Policies and Rates for SNF PPS 40
  • Difference Between Medicare Payment and Provider Cost Map 41
  • Excluding High-Risk Cardiac Patients from Public Reporting Linked to Improved Outcomes, Study Finds 42
  • New Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare 43
  • Headline Studies 44
  • Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Premiums Increase in 2017 45
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 46
8/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • CMS Tries to Pull a Fast One on the ALJ Decision Deadline: Proposes Changes to the Administrative Appeals Process 8
  • MedPAC Releases Annual June Report: Focuses on Developing a Unified Payment System for Post-Acute Care 11
  • Recent Policy Conferences Focus on Health Information Technology, Interoperability, and Post-Acute Care Providers 16
  • Public Reporting 18
  • Improving the Bottom Line: Pharmacy Drug Cost Reduction Strategies at an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital 19
  • CMS Moves Forward with Prior Authorization Demo Program for Home Health
  • Services 22
  • CMS Proposes Changes for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment an Ambulatory Surgical Centers in 2017 24
  • FY 2017 Medicare Prospective Payment Systems Rules Status 26
  • An All-Payer View of Hospital Discharges to Post-Acute Care  27
  • Study Finds ACO Model Reduces Spending Among Clinically Vulnerable Beneficiaries, But More Research Is Needed to Determine Long-Term Effects 32
  • Medicare Trustees Issue Their Annual Report; Spending Growth Remains Slow 33
  • Payments to Home Health Agencies to Decrease by $180 Million in CY 2017 35
  • OIG Study: Medicare Overpaid Hospitals for Mechanical Ventilation Treatments 37
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 38
7/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Greater Pressure Needed to Meaningfully Address Medicare Auditing and Appeals Problems 7
  • CMS Starts Examination of Tier Comorbidities 10
  • Insight into the IRF-PAI Quality Measures 12
  • CMS to Convene Technical Expert Panel to Examine Pressure Ulcer
  • Quality Measure for Post-Acute Care 14
  • What You Need to Know About Becoming a CJR Collaborator 15
  • American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association’s Summary of
  • Recommendations on the FY 2017 IRF PPS Proposed Rule 18
  • Difference Between Medicare Payment and Provider Cost for FY 2017 21
  • New Faces in the House of Representatives 24
  • Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation Statement of Principles on
  • Medicare Advantage 31
  • CMS Announces New Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for
  • Home Health Agencies 33
  • CMS Shared Savings Program Final Rule Seeks to Strengthen
  • Incentives for Quality Care 34
  • Improved Guidance Is Needed to Screen Managed Care Providers, GAO Says 35
  • GAO: Claim Review Programs Could be Improved with Additional Prepayment
  • Reviews and Better Data 37
  • ACA Update: Enrollment Has Not Met Expectations, Council Says 38
  • NCHC Recommends Expanding Care Coordination for High-Cost, High-Need
  • Beneficiaries 39
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 41
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