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4/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • AMRPA Advocacy Pays Off as HHS Defines in Regulations Habilitative and Rehabilitative Serves and Devices 7
  • MedPAC Publishes March Report: Zero Update for Rehabilitation Hospitals and Units Again 10
  • AMRPA Members Advocate for the Rehabilitation Field at Annual Spring Executive Forum and Medical Directors Boot Camp 14
  • Supreme Court Considers What “Established by the State” Means 19
  • Overcoming Subjectivity In FIM Scoring 21
  • Medicare Participating Post-Acute Care Providers as of 2015 22
  • Ever-Evolving Developments in Health Information Technology 23
  • CMS Issues Report Assessing the Impact of its Quality Measurement Programs  24
  • AMRPA Participates in IMPACT Act Listening Session; Submits Comments to CMS  26
  • CMS “Next Generation ACO Model” Aims At Improving Health Outcomes and Lowering Expenditures for Beneficiaries 30
  • CMS Delays Publishing Final Rule on Repaying Medicare Overpayments  31
  • Statistics & Findings: CDC Brief Examines Total Hip Replacement Hospitalizations Among
  • Inpatients Aged 45 and Over: United States, 2000–2010 32
  • PCORI Has Established Research Priorities, Funding for CER Studies, GAO Reports 35
  • 2015 Transmittal List 37
3/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Medicare Audits and Appeals: Proposals Included in the President’s Budget 6
  • President Obama Releases Proposed FY 2016 Budget 9
  • HHS Announces Bold Plans for Reforming Medicare’s Payment Methods 12
  • Is It Really Debility? 13
  • CMS Issues Informal Guidance on Resumption of Manual Medical Review of Outpatient Therapy
  • Services Which Exceed the $3,700 Threshold 15
  • GAO and Congress Reviews CMS Preparation for Transition to ICD-10 16
  • HHS Announces New State Innovation Models Initiative to Improve Health Care 18
  • Work Group Recommends Conducting Larger-Scale Research Studies on Approaches for Pain
  • Management with DoD and VA 19
  • ACL Final Rule Seeks to Strengthen Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs 20
  • Statistics and Findings: Characteristics of Residents Living in Residential Care Communities, by
  • Community Bed Size: United States, 2012 21
  • CMS Publishes HAC Reduction Program and Hospital VBP Program FY 2015 Results 22
  • Medpac Staff Provides Status of Medicare Advantage Program 23
  • AHRQ Launches Initiative to Improve Care in Health Care Settings: First Focus: Ambulatory Care Settings and Long Term Care Facilities 24
  • 2015 Transmittal List 26
2/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4Shake up at CMS: Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to Step Down 6
  • CMS Announces Changes to the RAC Program 7
  • MedPAC Continues to Push Site-Neutral Payment for Rehabilitation Hospitals and Units and
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities 10
  • MedPAC Issues Final Update Recommendations for IRFs, Alters LTCH Payment, and Reiterates SNF and Home Health Agency Recommendations 12
  • CMS Continues to Use the National Quality Forum to Select Quality Measures for its Performance Improvement Programs 14
  • Public Reporting of 2013 Quality Measures on Hospital Compare Website 15
  • Barriers To Discharge 18
  • Starting a Rehabilitation Oncology Program 20
  • AMRPA Concerns Relating to Site Neutral Payment Recommendations 22
  • Chairs and Ranking Members on Committees with Health Jurisdiction in the 114th Congress 25
  • OIG Identifies Top 10 Management Challenges for HHS in FY 2014 27
  • OIG Examines Provider Access in Medicaid Managed Care 28
  • 2015 Transmittal List 29
1/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation Advocates Against Site-Neutral Payments for Rehabilitation Patients 7
  • AMRPA Member News 9
  • PIMA Bill Gives Insight Into 2015 Potential Legislation 10
  • Ways and Means Health Chair Shares CMS Hospital Reform Draft Legislation 12
  • HHS Releases Report Highlighting the Quality of Care for Adults Enrolled in Medicaid 14
  • Discharge Disposition Isn’t Everything. Is It? 15
  • A Patient’s Perspective: Acute Care 16
  • GAO Publishes Results from CMS’s DME Competitive Bidding Program 18
  • AMRPA submitted comments to the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals 22
  • Meet the Freshmen of the 114th Congress 27
  • CMS Final Rule Includes New Provider Enrollment Requirements; Seeks to Reduce Medicare Fraud 30
  • FY 2015 Medicare Prospective Payment System Rules Status 31
  • National Health Expenditure Growth Remained Slow in 2013, OACT Reports 32
  • AHRQ Reports 33
  • Better Evidence is Needed on How Medicare Advantage Plans Perform Relative to Traditional Medicare for Patients with Significant Medical Needs, Kaiser Report Says 35
  • 2015 Legislative Schedule 36
  • 2015 Transmittal List 37
12/2/2014 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • Mixed Messages from CMS through Recent Transmittals 8
  • Final Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act Has Large Potential Changes for Rehab 11
  • CMS Issues CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule 14
  • A Peak Behind the Curtain: CBO Releases Report Detailing Its Analysis of Healthcare Fraud Control Programs 16
  • What Is Our Identity? 18
  • AMRPA Member News 19
  • Summary of Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals October 2014 Appellants’ Forum 20
  • Medicare Rights Center Calls Upon CMS to Make Improvements in the MA Appeals Process 21
  • OIG Issues Its FY 2015 Work Plan 22
  • CY 2015 Final Rule Cuts Home Health Payments by $60 Million 24
  • CMS Releases Final Hospital Outpatient and ASC Final Rule for Calendar Year 2015 25
  • Growth in Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment to Increase by 13.5 million, Avalere Reports 26
  • New HHS Initiative Seeks to Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs 27
  • 2014 Transmittal List 28
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