AMRPA Magazine
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2/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • New Developments in Medicare Access to Assistive Devices and Technologies 6
  • First Mandatory Bundling Model to Take Effect in 2016 as CMS Issues the Final Rule
  • on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Model 9
  • MedPAC Finalizes Recommendations for Post-Acute Care Providers
  • and Updates PAC Payment Prototype Research 14
  • National Quality Forum Reviews Measures under
  • Consideration for CMS Quality Reporting Programs 17
  • ICD-10 Questions and Answers Part 3 19
  • The New Year Promises New Senators 24
  • AMRPA Welcomes Five New Members to the Board of Directors 25
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to CMS on Network Adequacy Standards 27
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to CMS on the Discharge
  • Planning Policy Proposed Rule 30
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to CMS on the Development of a Patient Experience of
  • Care Survey for IRFs 35
  • CMMI Announces New Accountable Health Communities Model to
  • Test Community-Based Services 38
  • New CMS Dataset Compares HHA Costs and Utilization for CY 2013 40
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 42
1/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Medicare Audit and Appeal Reforms Introduced in the Senate 6
  • Iowa and New Hampshire’s Unquestionable Significance to Presidential Elections 9
  • MedPAC Considers Draft Recommendations for 2017
  • Medicare Payment Updates 11
  • ICD-10 Questions and Answers: Part 2 14
  • Advocating for Health Information Technology Integration via the LTPAC HIT Collaborative 17
  • GAO Finds Data Associated with Nursing Home Quality Deficient and Recommends Improvements to CMS 18
  • Medpac Considers IRH/Us’ Payment Update Recommendation,
  • Observed Coding Practices 22
  • AMRPA Comment Letter to RTI on its Draft Measure Specifications for a Discharge to Community Measure Designed for PAC Settings 25
  • AHRQ Reports: Efforts to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions
  • Results in Saving Lives and Costs 29
  • HCUP Brief: Hospital Stays in Medicare Advantage Plans Versus the
  • Traditional Medicare Fee-for-Service Program, 2013 30
  • CBO Report: Decline in Inpatient Hospital Care Leading to Slower Medicare Spending for Younger Beneficiaries While Spending for Older Beneficiaries is on the Rise 33
  • Research Finding: Vagus Nerve Stimulation Appears to Improve Recovery in Stroke Patients 35
  • OACT Releases 2014 Annual Report on National Health Spending; Says U.S. Health Care Spending Increased 36
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 37
12/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • New Developments Affecting RACs; Medicare Audits and the Appeals Backlog 6
  • OIG’s Annual Work Plan Includes Review of Several Rehabilitation Hospitals and Post-Acute Care Projects 8
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to CMS in Response to Its Request for Information on
  • MACRA Implementation 11
  • CMS Finalizes Waivers for Shared Savings ACOs 12
  • CMS Issues CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule 15
  • CMS Releases Proposed Rule Seeking to Modify Hospitals’ Discharge Planning Policies 17
  • ICD-10- CM Lessons Learned: Part 1 20
  • MedPAC Continues Developing a Post-Acute Care Prospective Payment System 22
  • Tentative 2016 Legislative Schedule - 114th Congress, 2nd Session 23
  • CMS Announces Payment Modifications for Home Health Agencies in 2016 24
  • Health Care Costs for Dementia Greater Than Any Other Disease, NIH Study Finds 25
  • More ACOs Drop from the Pioneer ACO Program; May Join Next
  • Generation ACOs 26
  • AMRPA Member News 29
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to RTI on Readmission Measures Draft Specifications 30
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 33
11/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Affordable Care Act under Legal Challenge… Again 7
  • CMS Publishes First Review of IMPACT Act Measure for Medication Reconciliation and Drug Regimen Review 10
  • AMRPA Comment Letter on the Drug Regimen Review Measure Information and Justification Forms 13
  • AMRPA Members Share Their Experiences with Medicare Advantage Denials 14
  • GAO Finds Medicare Advantage Plans’ Network Adequacy Too Narrow 16
  • AMRPA Hosts 13th Annual Education Conference and Expo 18
  • Bedside Manners Matter 20
  • Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals Expands Settlement Conference Facilitation Expansion
  • in Effort to Reduce ALJ Backlog 22
  • Data Brief: Hospitalization for Total Knee Replacement among Inpatients Aged 45 and
  • Over (2000-2010) and Trends in IRH/Us 24
  • CMS Revises Stage 3 Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record Reporting and Health Information Technology Certification Requirements in Final Rules 26
  • CMS Announces Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage 28
  • Changes Are Needed to Improve Health Care Diagnosis or Diagnostic Errors Will Worsen, Report Says 29
  • SNF Medicare Payment System Needs To Be Reexamined, OIG Says 30
  • CMS Transmittals 33
10/2/2015 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 3
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 4
  • Potential Appeals Relief for Medicare Providers  6
  • CMS Continues to Build Its Yellow Brick Road to the Health Care Land of Oz  8
  • CMS Hosts TEP to Discuss a Discharge to Community Quality Measure as Required by the IMPACT Act 18
  • CMS Issues Findings for ACOs’ Financial and Quality Performance 21
  • Documenting for ICD-10 Coding 24
  • AMRPA Welcomes New Executive Vice President for Operations  25
  • MedPAC Holds First of Several Sessions on Report Mandated by IMPACT Act  26
  • CMS Expands Initiative Designed to Improve Quality in Nursing Facilities  28
  • Statistical Brief: Trends in Observed Adult Acute Hospital Mortality for High-Volume Conditions, 2002-2012 30
  • AMRPA Comments on FY2016 IPPS NPRM BPCI Provisions 32
  • HHS Publishes Proposed 2017 Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plans 36
  • GAO: CMS Needs to Improve Its Recovery Audit Program Operations and Contractor Oversight
  • within Medicare Part D 39
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 41
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