AMRPA Magazine
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5/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • AMRPA Addresses Rehabilitation Access in Managed Care Plans 8
  • We Are There……But Where: The Challenges and Opportunities of the New
  • Rehabilitation Landscape 10
  • MedPAC Reviews Latest PAC PPS Research for IMPACT Act Report 13
  • Medicare Participating Post-Acute Care Providers as of 2016 14
  • The Power of Patient Education 15
  • AMRPA Submits Recommendations to the Health Care Payment Learning and Action
  • Network on Improving Its Draft White Paper on Bundled Payments for Elective Joint
  • Replacement 17
  • CMS and RAND Health Hold IMPACT Act Technical Expert Panel on Standardized
  • PAC Patient Assessment Data 21
  • New SNF Payment Model Aims To Improve Care and Reduce Avoidable
  • Hospitalizations 23
  • Center for Medicare Advocacy - Privatization of Long-Term Care Facilities Does Not
  • Lead to Greater Transparency or More Care 24
  • The Joint Commission Launches Community-Based Palliative Care Certification 25
  • MACPAC Report Calls for Better Targeting of Safety-Net Hospital Payments 26
  • Avalere Health: Proposed Medicare Part B Rule Would Reduce Hospital Payments
  • While Increasing Payments to Primary Care Providers 29
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 30
4/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • CMS Continues to Address the “Pay & Chase” Model of Medicare Reimbursement 7
  • MedPAC Releases Annual Report to Congress: Focuses on IRF High Margin Providers 9
  • AMRPA Members Converge on Washington, DC to Advocate on Behalf of the Field with Members of Congress 14
  • MedPAC Reviews Latest PAC PPS Research for IMPACT Act Report 16
  • ACA Enactment Increases America’s Insured Population 18
  • Pleading Your Case 20
  • HHS Secretary Announces Industry Commitments to Enhance Information Exchange 22
  • The Center for Medicare Advocacy and Jimmo Plaintiffs Return to Court to Seek Enforcement 24
  • AHIP Report: CMS Underpays Medicare Advantage Plans for Beneficiaries with Multiple Chronic Conditions 25
  • AMRPA Submits Recommendations to the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network on Improving Its Population-Based Payment Models White Paper 27
  • Spinal Cord Injury Patients With Early Rehabilitation May Lead To Better Functional Outcomes, AAP Says 29
  • Research Findings: Newer Pain Management Strategies Can Lead to Quicker, Shorter Recovery after Total Knee Replacements 30
  • CMS Proposes Medicare Part B Model to Improve Quality of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries 31
  • Risk Adjustment Critical To Ensuring That Medicare Advantage Plans Have Resources to Provide High Quality Care, Report Finds 32
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 34
3/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • Major Court Decision Gives Providers Hope on ALJ Backlog 7
  • President’s Proposed Budget Includes Proposals of Concern to Inpatient
  • Rehabilitation 9
  • Medicare’s Latest ACO Updates Show Expansions in Innovation Models...But Still Limited Options for Post-Acute Care 13
  • CMS Seeks Revisions to ACO Benchmarking Methodology 17
  • Fighting Back Against Managed Care Denials 19
  • An Overview of NCHC’s Forum on Medicare Advantage and Chronic Care 21
  • CMS Issues Rule Aligning Medicaid’s Home Health Benefit
  • Parameters with Medicare 23
  • CMS Clarifies Standards for Evaluating and Returning Overpayments 24
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to Acumen, LLC on Draft Specifications
  • for the MSPB-PAC Resource Use Measures 26
  • AMRPA Submits Comments to CMS on MACRA RFI Regarding
  • Episode Groups 29
  • Joint Commission Announces Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee
  • Replacement 32
  • AHRQ Conducts Study on Electronic Health Record Adoption and Rates
  • of In-hospital Adverse Events 33
  • GAO Issues Report on VA’s Claims Processing Delays and Efforts to
  • Improve Payments to Community Providers 35
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 37
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
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