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For patients in transition, Newport Beach offers new type of health care

Posted on 8/5/2015 by NTOCC ® in Partners Council

NTOCC Partners Council member, Global Transitional Care, was recently featured in an OC Register article on care transitions.

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NTOCC Referenced in Latest Long-Term Care Facilities Rule

Posted on 7/15/2015 by NTOCC ®

Recently, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a proposed rule reforming long term care facilities. As part of a larger reform rule, CMS proposed requirements surrounding documentation as patients transfer in and out of the long term post-acute system. The rule states “We propose to add a new requirement at §483.15(b)(2)(i) that the transferring facility provide necessary information to the resident’s receiving provider, whether it is an acute care hospital, a LTC hospital, a psychiatric facility, another LTC facility, a hospice, home health agency, or another community-based provider or practitioner.” It encourages providers to carefully handle transfers of care and refers them to the NTOCC website for more information and tools.

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House Passes 21st Century Cures Act

Posted on 7/10/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

This morning, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21st Century Cures Initiative (H.R. 6) by a bipartisan vote of 344-77. The House passage comes at the end of a year-and-a-half long effort led by Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and fellow Committee member Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO).

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CMS Releases 2016 Proposed Physician Payment Rule

Posted on 7/8/2015 by NTOCC ®

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released its proposed rule for calendar year 2016 that updates and revises payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule. This is the first physician payment proposed rule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula earlier this year and reflects an attempt by CMS to implement the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, the new payment system required by the legislation.

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House Releases final 21st Century Cures and CMS Releases CY2016 In- and Outpatient Hospital Stay Rules

Posted on 7/3/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee released the final language for the 21st Century Cures Initiative. This bill is similar to what was reported unanimously out of the Energy and Commerce Committee in June 2015. A few changes include reducing the new NIH funding increase from $10 billion to $8.75 billion in mandatory spending over the next five years and finalizing the interoperability language. We expect a vote in the full House of Representatives as early as next Thursday.

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NTOCC Update: Houses Passes SGR Reform Bill, Senate Vote in April

Posted on 3/27/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

The House overwhelmingly passed the Medicare physician-reform bill, also known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) “doc fix”, on Thursday afternoon by a vote of 392-27, with 212 Republicans and 108 Democrats voting in favor of the legislation. The bill, which we outlined in more detail in an earlier update, will phase in a new payment system over the next few years that will focus on rewarding doctors who provide high-value—as opposed to high-volume—care. It will also extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another two years.

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NTOCC Update: House Leadership Releases Details of SGR Repeal-and-Replace Package

Posted on 3/23/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

On March 31, 2015, the current “patch” for SGR will expire. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which was first implemented in 1997, calls for automatic reductions in Medicare reimbursement rates for providers if overall Medicare spending exceeds a target rate. Without further action by Congress to temporarily avoid the cuts or permanently replace the flawed formula, providers will face a 25% cut in reimbursements beginning April 1, 2015.

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President Releases Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget

Posted on 2/3/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, President Obama released his $4.066 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2016, outlining the administration’s policy priorities for the coming year, which is largely viewed as a Democratic blueprint for lofty policy proposals that will face strong opposition by the Republican-controlled Congress.

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NTOCC Updates from HHS and Senate HELP Committee

Posted on 1/30/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued their draft nationwide health IT interoperability roadmap titled: Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0. This draft was referenced by Kelly Cronin at the National Transitions of Care Summit this past December. Today’s release is a continuation of the commitment to building a more robust health IT structure as part of a Department-wide effort to achieve better care, smarter spending, and improve health outcomes by improving our health care delivery system.

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HHS Announces Dramatic Move Away from Traditional Fee-For-Service Medicare Payments

Posted on 1/27/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

HHS announced yesterday that they are moving towards an alternative payment model for Medicare payments. In the new model, HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as ACOs or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016. By the end of 2018, the goal is to tie 50 percent of payments to those models. In order to achieve these goals, Secretary Burwell also announced the creation of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, in which HHS will work with private payers, employers, consumers, providers, states and state Medicaid programs, and other partners to expand alternative payment models into their programs. The Network will hold its first meeting in March of this year.

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