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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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CMS Announces Stage 2 Meaningful Use for Health IT Incentive Program

Posted on 8/28/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to govern “Stage 2” of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. As a reminder, in 2009, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, setting aside about $30 billion for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to qualifying doctors, eligible health care professionals and hospitals that adopt and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to drive improvements in care. Since the program began in January, 2011, more than 120,000 eligible health care professionals and more than 3,300 hospitals have qualified to participate in the program and receive an incentive payment.

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CMS Selects 17 Additional Sites for the Community Based Care Transitions Program

Posted on 8/20/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 17 additional participants in the Community-based Care Transitions Program. Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the CCTP provides funding to test models for improving care transitions for high risk Medicare patients by using services to manage patients’ transitions effectively.

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CMS Issues Final FY2013 Payment and Policy Changes for Acute and Long-Term Care Hospitals

Posted on 8/2/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). As you may recall, NTOCC submitted formal comments to CMS in support of several proposed quality measures, and provided recommendations for enhancement.

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CMS Releases FY2013 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule; New Care Coordination Payment

Posted on 7/9/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

On July 6th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule that would update payment rates for services furnished by physicians and non-physician practitioners under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2013. The rule also includes several proposed changes to quality related programs impacting physicians, including the Physician Quality Reporting System; the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program; and the physician value-based payment modifier.

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Supreme Court Justices Uphold Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate

Posted on 6/28/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling, upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate—the requirement for most individuals to obtain health insurance. The Court upheld the individual mandate by a vote of 5 to 4, finding it constitutional under Congress’s taxing authority. While the court also upheld the federal government’s ability to expand Medicaid coverage, the Justices ruled that the government could not withdraw existing Medicaid funding from states that opt out of the expansion.

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CMMI Announces Second Batch of Health Care Innovation Awards; MedPAC Releases June 2012 Report

Posted on 6/18/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced the second and final batch for the Health Care Innovation Awards funding opportunity. As a reminder, the Health Care Innovation Awards, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, will fund up to $1 billion in grants for projects that aim to improve care and lower costs for people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, as well as enhance the health care workforce.

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