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Senate and House Pass Fiscal Cliff Deal

Posted on 1/2/2013 by NTOCC ®

Happy New Year! After weeks of negotiating, last night the House passed by a vote of 257-167 the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012— the bill to avert the fiscal cliff— that was approved earlier New Year’s Day by the Senate by a vote of 89-8.

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ONC Requests Comment on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

Posted on 11/29/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a request for public comment on draft recommendations for the Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use Program. Stakeholders are asked to comment on new and revised meaningful use objectives and measures, proposed certification criteria for information exchanges, as well as a series of questions on clinical quality measures, and privacy and security issues.

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HHS Issues Regulations on ACA Health Insurance Market Reforms

Posted on 11/21/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued highly anticipated Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations related to health insurance market reforms, including the ban on insurance companies considering pre-existing conditions and the essential health benefits standards for coverage.

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GAO Report: Medication Needs during Transitions for DOD Servicemembers

Posted on 11/15/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) - the independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress - released a report entitled DOD and VA Healthcare: Medication Needs during Transitions May Not Be Managed for All Servicemembers. The GAO was asked by the House Committee on Veteran Affairs to provide information on the process used by the DOD and VA to help servicemembers manage their psychiatric and pain medications during transitions.

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2012 Election Recap & Analysis

Posted on 11/14/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

As too-close-to call race results from last week’s election are finalized, the picture painted by the results of the hard-fought 2012 election remains status quo overall: President Obama will return to the White House for another four years, Republicans will retain control of the House and the Senate will stay in Democratic hands.

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CMS Releases Final FY2013 Physician Fee Schedule; New Transitions of Care Payment

Posted on 11/2/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that will update payment rates for services furnished by physicians and non-physician practitioners under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2013. As you know, NTOCC submitted comments on the proposed rule in September in support of a new payment to primary care physicians to furnish non face-to-face “Transitional Care Management” services required to help a patient transition back to the community following a discharge from a hospital or nursing facility.

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CMS Announces Participants in Nursing Facility Hospital Readmission Initiative

Posted on 9/28/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced seven cooperative agreement awards to implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. The Initiative will test models to reduce avoidable and costly hospitalizations among nursing facility residents by funding organizations that provide enhanced on-site services and supports to nursing facility residents.

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PCORI Announces New Patient-Centered Research Survey Tool

Posted on 9/27/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced is accepting recommendations from patients, caregivers, and health care stakeholders for research topics through a survey tool on its website as part of its effort to refine its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.

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White House Issues Report Detailing 2013 Sequester Cuts

Posted on 9/18/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Last week, a White House report was released detailing the Obama administration's plans to enact deep budget cuts mandated by last year's deficit deal was released today, a week later than originally anticipated. The 394-page report details what will happen next year if Washington fails to act to avert roughly $100 billion automatic defense and domestic spending cuts scheduled to begin on January 2.

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National Transitions of Care Coalition Principles Incorporated into New Care Transition Legislation

Posted on 9/17/2012 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

On Friday, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Thomas Petri (R-WI), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2012, 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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