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NTOCC Referenced in Latest Long-Term Care Facilities Rule

Posted on 7/15/2015 by NTOCC ®

Recently, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a proposed rule reforming long term care facilities. As part of a larger reform rule, CMS proposed requirements surrounding documentation as patients transfer in and out of the long term post-acute system. The rule states “We propose to add a new requirement at §483.15(b)(2)(i) that the transferring facility provide necessary information to the resident’s receiving provider, whether it is an acute care hospital, a LTC hospital, a psychiatric facility, another LTC facility, a hospice, home health agency, or another community-based provider or practitioner.” It encourages providers to carefully handle transfers of care and refers them to the NTOCC website for more information and tools.

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House Passes 21st Century Cures Act

Posted on 7/10/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

This morning, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21st Century Cures Initiative (H.R. 6) by a bipartisan vote of 344-77. The House passage comes at the end of a year-and-a-half long effort led by Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and fellow Committee member Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO).

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CMS Releases 2016 Proposed Physician Payment Rule

Posted on 7/8/2015 by NTOCC ®

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released its proposed rule for calendar year 2016 that updates and revises payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule. This is the first physician payment proposed rule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula earlier this year and reflects an attempt by CMS to implement the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, the new payment system required by the legislation.

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House Releases final 21st Century Cures and CMS Releases CY2016 In- and Outpatient Hospital Stay Rules

Posted on 7/3/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee released the final language for the 21st Century Cures Initiative. This bill is similar to what was reported unanimously out of the Energy and Commerce Committee in June 2015. A few changes include reducing the new NIH funding increase from $10 billion to $8.75 billion in mandatory spending over the next five years and finalizing the interoperability language. We expect a vote in the full House of Representatives as early as next Thursday.

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