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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
11/2/2014 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair    4
  • The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (“IMPACT”)
    Act of 2014: Implementation Timeline    5
  • CMS to Reopen Submission Period for Hardship Exception Applications    7
  • CMS’s Annual RAC Update At Odds with Reality For IRH/U Community     8
  • CMS Publishes Initial ‘Sunshine Act’ Manufacturer Reporting Data    11
  • The IRF-PAI Signature Page: FAQ    12
  • The 114th Congress Presents New Opportunities to Develop
  • Champions for Inpatient Rehabilitation as Multiple Legislators
    Leave Congress    13
  • Small Primary Care Physician Practices Have Low Rates of Preventable
    Hospital Admissions, Study Finds     16
  • FAIR Fund Enters ALJ Delay Case to H ighlight Impact on IRH/Us    18
  • AMRPA Holds Successful 12th Annual Medical Rehabilitation Education Conference & Expo    20
  • AMRPA Legislative Update    22
  • Quality Improvement Initiatives for SNFs and Home Health Now Underway    24
  • States’ Abilities to Improve Quality Without Increasing Program Spending
  • For Disabled Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Remains Uncertain, Report Says    26
  • Researchers Examine HAC-POA Policy     28
  • Nursing Home Chain to Pay $38 Million in False Claims Act Settlement    30
  • CMS Posts Pioneer ACO Quality and Financial Results    32
  • Report Outlines Six Problems with Current Approaches in Value-Based
  • Purchasing and Proposes Ways to Solve Them    34
  • 2014 Transmittal List    36
10/2/2014 Members Only
  • Letter from the Chair    4
  • AMRPA Legislative Update    5
  • IRH/U Settles for $35 Million for Failure to Comply with Medicare Requirements      7
  • CMS Offers Acute Hospitals Settlement on Short Stay Appeals;
    Possible Precedent for Rehab Hospital Appeals?    9
  • CMS Delays Implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Program     10
  • Hospital Outpatient Departments Will be Subject to Claims Adjustments for Therapy Services Exceeding the Therapy Cap     11
  • Update on the Changes to Presumptive Compliance     12
  • AMRPA Honors Congressional Rehabilitation Champions     13
  • Recovery Auditors to Begin “Limited Reviews”     13
  • AMRPA Comments on CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule    14
  • CMS Actuary Report Projects Increase in National Health Spending in 2014;
    Slow Growth in 2015     17
  • CMS Publishes FY 2015 IPPS Final Rule     18
  • CMS Issues FY 2015 SNF PPS Final Rule    20
  • Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Increases; Premiums Remain Affordable     21
  • GAO Report Stresses Need to Establish Specific Plans for Medicare
    Advantage Encounter Data      22
  • 2014 Transmittal List    24
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