AMRPA Magazine
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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
6/2/2016 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair 4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update 5
  • Update on the ALJ Appeals Backlog 8
  • IRF PPS FY 2017 Proposed Rule Contains Anticipated and Required Changes;
  • Ignores Key Issues Regarding ICD-10-CM Implementation 11
  • Quality Provisions of the FY 2017 IRF PPS Proposed Rule Include Five New Quality
  • Measures Starting October 2016 15
  • New IRF-PAI Quality Indicators 22
  • New Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Released
  • by American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 24
  • CMS Issues FY 2017 SNF PPS Proposed Rule; Payments to SNFs will
  • Increase $800 Million 26
  • GAO: Major Improvements are Needed to Address Improper Payment Amounts in
  • the Medicare Advantage Program 28
  • Researchers Examine Risk Models for Predicting Hospital Readmissions 31
  • Round 2 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Recompete Begins July 1 32
  • 2014 Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Report Released 34
  • Study Findings: Hospice Use Does Not Increase Nursing Home Care Costs 35
  • 2016 PPS-Excluded Rehabilitation Hospitals, Units, Long-Term Care
  • Hospitals and CORFs By State 36
  • Medical Rehabilitation Glossary of Acronyms 38
  • HHS Awards Over $260 Million to Build and Renovate Facilities 40
  • CMS Transmittals of Interest for Medical Rehabilitation Providers 41
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
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