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CMS Announces 45 Insurer Commitments to Participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

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

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have announced commitment from 45 commercial, federal and state insurers in seven markets to work with CMS under the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, which seeks to foster collaboration between public and private health care payers to improve health outcomes. Under the program, CMS will pay primary care practices a monthly care management fee to support enhanced, coordinated services. Simultaneously, participating commercial, state, and other federal insurance plans will also offer an enhanced payment for coordinated primary care ton behalf of their members.

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Janssen Healthcare Innovation Announces Discharge Decision Support System (D2S2) Winner of the Janssen Connected Care Challenge

Posted on 5/24/2012 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a team within Janssen Research and Development, LLC (Janssen), today announced Discharge Decision Support System (D2S2) is the winner of the crowdsourcing-inspired Janssen Connected Care Challenge and the $100,000 prize. D2S2 is a discharge decision support system that uses a proprietary algorithm to assemble and score key data upon hospital admission in order to identify patients who should be referred to post-acute care services to reduce the risk of 30-day readmissions.

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PCORI Approves Final National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda; Releases Funding Announcements

Posted on 5/23/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, May 22, 2012, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors approved the final version of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, a framework to guide the funding of comparative clinical effectiveness research that seeks to give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health decisions.

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House Passes Sequester Replacement Measure

Posted on 5/10/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act. The bill is a Republican led measure to avert deep cuts in defense spending that are scheduled to go into effect in January of 2013, as well as make additional spending cuts to reduce the deficit.

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HHS Announces the First 26 Health Care Innovation Awards

Posted on 5/8/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the first round of organizations to receive funding through the Health Care Innovation Awards.

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

Posted on 4/25/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, April 24, 2012, CMS issued the much anticipated annual proposed payment changes for inpatient stays in acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCH) for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The rule projects that total Medicare spending on inpatient hospital services will increase by approximately $175 million and LTCH’s will increase by $100 million in FY2013.

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Janssen Connected Care Challenge Finalists Announced

Posted on 4/13/2012 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

On April 10, 2012, Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a team within Janssen Research & Development, LLC., (Janssen), announced the three finalists of the crowdsourcing-inspired Janssen Connected Care Challenge. The three finalists are being awarded $50,000 each to further develop their technology-enabled, scalable solutions to improve care for patients as they are discharged from the hospital. The challenge finalists each receive the prize money and mentorship while retaining independence and ownership of their business concept.

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CMS Announces First Set of Accountable Care Organizations

Posted on 4/11/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the selection of the first 27 accountable care organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Saving Program. The selected ACOs will aim to create financial incentives for physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to better coordinate care and improve the health for nearly 375,000 Medicare beneficiaries, all while lowering the participating organizations’ costs and eventually sharing in the collective savings.

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HHS Requests Comments on Causes, Impact, and Solutions to Medication Non-Adherence

Posted on 4/5/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a request for information about causes and potential solutions associated with medication non-adherence in adults with chronic conditions. The request aims to gather comments from stakeholders "on both barriers to medication adherence and strategies for overcoming those barriers to improve public health."

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Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents Webinar

Posted on 4/2/2012 by NTOCC ®

On Tuesday April 3rd, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and Innovation Center invite you to participate in a webinar to discuss the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents. The webinar will provide an overview of the new Initiative and describe the application process for prospective participants.

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