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Representative Blumenauer, Petri Introduce the Medicare Transitional Care Act

Posted on 5/30/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Thomas Petri (R-WI), introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2014, legislation that seeks to improve transitions of care by providing Medicare beneficiaries that are at highest risk for hospital readmission access to evidence based transitional care services that are provided by an eligible transitional care entity, such as a hospital, community-based organization or skilled nursing facility. Importantly, as you may recall, NTOCC has worked to ensure that the bill aligns with NTOCC’s “Seven Essential Elements” and supports team-based care.

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Legislation Introduced that Seeks to Fill Care Transition Gaps

Posted on 5/29/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Thomas Petri (R-WI), introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2014, legislation that seeks to improve transitions of care for Medicare beneficiaries at highest risk for readmission as they move from the hospital setting to their home, skilled nursing facility or next point of care. The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) believes the bill is an important step forward to improving patient outcomes and reducing unnecessary health-related expenses.

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House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Two-Midnight Rule and Short Inpatient Stays

Posted on 5/21/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health held a hearing that focused on the current incentives around short inpatient stays, including CMS’s two-midnight rule, and the unintended consequences of those incentives which include a massive backlog of Medicare appeals, and excessive growth of outpatient observation stays. In particular, the Committee heard testimony from government officials including Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Jodi Nudelman with the Office of the Inspector General, and from a panel of hospitalists, medical directors, a patient advocate, and a RAC representative.

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NTOCC Policy Update: May 2014

Posted on 5/5/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

In March, President Obama released his $3.9 billion budget proposal for FY2015, which outlines the administration’s policy priorities for the coming year. Because spending levels have already been established in the two-year agreement negotiated by Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), which was passed in December of 2013, the White House’s budget proposal is largely viewed as a Democratic messaging blueprint for the Administration’s priorities, and one that was missing any controversial policies given that midterm elections are coming up for several key Democratic members of Congress.

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CMS Issues Proposed FY 2015 Payment and Policy Changes for Acute and Long-Term Care Hospitals

Posted on 5/1/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). In addition to setting proposed payment rates for hospital inpatient services, the proposed rule updates several quality reporting programs.

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