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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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Impact Newsletter: Spring 2012

Posted on 3/30/2012 by NTOCC ®

Check out the updates on the NTOCC website this month and look for additional changes over the next couple months. The home page now has the TOC Compendium front and center. Also, you can find the new TOC Evaluation Software just to the right of the Compendium. If you are looking for the Tangible Savings document, it is now listed in the TOC Compendium under the Care Strategies.

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NTOCC Launches Transitions of Care Evaluation Tool for Health Care Quality Improvement

Posted on 3/28/2012 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

Online software offers data tracking capabilities for care quality initiatives. The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), an organization dedicated to improving patient transitions through the healthcare system, has launched a new tool to facilitate the advancement of care quality. The Transitions of Care Evaluation Software, a web-based program provided at no cost to the user, is designed to meet the needs of organizations ready for an advanced stage of transitions of care improvement efforts.

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Supreme Court Begins Review of the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 3/26/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Supreme Court began its historic review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. As you are likely aware, several of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have come under intense scrutiny, and after several conflicting appellate court rulings, the Supreme Court took up oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this morning, lasting through March 29th. A ruling is expected at the end of the term in late June.

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Medicaid Expansion Effective 2014

Posted on 3/20/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Last Friday, February 16, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule for the expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Under the health law, individuals between ages 19 and 64 with incomes below 133 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid coverage starting in 2014.

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