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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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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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