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8/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • OMHA Holds Appellant Forum But Offers Few Answers 8
  • MedPAC June Report Discusses New Approaches to Measuring Quality and Furthers Its Idea of Synchronizing Medicare Policy Across Payment Models 12
  • CMS Issues CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule 16
  • Member News: Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare Files Suit to Require Timely Medicare Patient Care Appeals as Mandated by Federal Law 18
  • CMS Steps Up Value-Based Payment Initiatives for Home Health Agencies 19
  • New Training Resources Available to Assist Health Care Workers in Caring For Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions 20
  • ICD-10 Top 10 List 21
  • New Clinical Decision Rule to Assist Health Care Providers Assess Patients’ Risk of Developing Chronic Pain 22
  • New Opportunities for Compensation for Chronic Care Management Services Provided to Medicare Beneficiaries in 2015 23
  • OSHA Cracks Down on Hospitals with Inappropriate Lifting Practices 25
  • CMS and AMA Join Efforts in Helping Providers Get Ready For ICD-10 Transition 26
  • CMS Publishes CY 2016 OPPS Proposed Rule; Includes Changes to Two-Midnight Rule, and Quality Reporting Program 28
  • Kaiser Reports: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Increase, but Financial Protections for Enrollees Are Decreasing 32
  • Independence at Home Demonstration Improves Care, Lowers Costs, Analysis Finds 33
  • 2015 Transmittal List 34
7/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • Senate Finance Committee Introduces the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015 8
  • AMRPA Submits Comments on IRF PPS FY 2016 Proposed Rule 11
  • CMS Issues Final Rule Governing Medicare Shared Savings ACOs 16
  • Counting and Reporting Therapy Minutes on the IRF-PAI 18
  • CMS Issues 437-A and 437-B Forms for Public Comment 19
  • CMS Proposes to Streamline and Strengthen the Rules Governing Medicaid Managed Care 20
  • AMRPA Comments on FY2016 IPPS NPRM BPCI Provisions 22
  • GAO: CMS Needs Better Process for Developing Relative Values for Medicare Physicians’ Payment 29
  • HHS-Funded Study Seeks to Reduce the Rate of Falls among Older Adults 30
  • Second Round of Medicare Billing Data Released at Annual Health Datapalooza 31
  • One in Four with Year-Round Health Insurance Forgo Needed Care, Report Finds 32
  • 2015 Transmittal List 33
6/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Medicare Audits and Appeals 7
  • FY 2016 IRF PPS Rule Expands Focus on Quality Measures, Accountability and IMPACT Act  10
  • Long-Term Care Hospitals Implement Dual Payment Rate Framework  18
  • FY 2016 SNF PPS Proposed Rule Implements Quality Provisions Required by IMPACT Act  22
  • What Are You Doing With The Quality Measures Data?  25
  • NIH Study Offers Different Approach to Stroke Care  26
  • AMRPA Submits Comment Letter on FY 16 SNF Proposed Rule 27
  • CMS Needs To Take Steps to Ensure That States Report Accurate Provider-Specific Payment Data, GAO Says 28
  • Difference Between Payment and Cost for FY 2016 Based on FY 2016 IRF PPS Proposal Rule. 29
  • Pioneer ACO Model Produced Substantial Savings in Its First Two Years, Report Finds  30
  • FY 2016 Medicare Prospective Payment Systems Rules Status  30
  • FY 2016 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Proposed Rule Expands Quality Measurers and Data Reporting Requirements  31
  • 2014 eCQMs Updated for 2016 Reporting 32
  • 2015 Transmittal List 33
5/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Disability Consumer Groups Organize to Preserve Access to Rehabilitation Services 9
  • CMS Evaluates the First Year of the Bundled Payment Care Initiative (BPCI) 12
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare Managed Care Plans 18
  • Overcoming Subjectivity In FIM Scoring 21
  • CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use 23
  • AMRPA Testimony before House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing on Post Acute Care Delivery 25
  • 2015 PPS-Excluded Rehabilitation Hospitals, Units, Long-Term Care Hospitals And CORFs By State 30
  • OIG Reports: Paying CAHs the Lower SNF PPS Rates for Swing Beds Could Have Resulted In Substantial Savings 32
  • ASPE Releases Analysis on Medicare Spending in 2009-2013 34
  • 2015 Transmittal List 36
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