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NTOCC Update: September Health Affairs Highlights Transitional Care

Posted on 9/10/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

The September Issue of Health Affairs includes two articles of interest for the transitional care community. The first, “THE CARE SPAN: Transitional Care Interventions Prevent Hospital Readmissions For Adults With Chronic Illnesses” explores the role that transitional care plays in preventing hospital readmissions. The study found the following activities significantly reduced short-term readmission rates – communication between the primary care provider and the hospital, a home visit within three days, and care-coordination by a nurse.

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NTOCC and CaseNetwork Partner to Offer CareCases Platform

Posted on 8/21/2014 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) is pleased to announce a partnership with healthcare software provider, CaseNetwork, surrounding the CareCases platform, a web-based subscription service providing competency training on collaborative care for multidisciplinary healthcare teams. With the wide variety of issues confronting patients and providers at every stage of patient care transition, this unique educational platform addresses the need for training in coordinated multi-disciplinary care across a variety of healthcare settings and features a robust curriculum that allows practitioners to learn team-based communication and activities as well as competency skills and best practices across a variety of health care settings.

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AstraZeneca Joins NTOCC Partners Council in Collaboration on Transitions of Care Solutions

Posted on 7/15/2014 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), an organization dedicated to improving patient transitions throughout the healthcare system, is pleased to welcome another member to its Partners Council. AstraZeneca, a global innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription medicines that make a meaningful difference in healthcare, is the latest member to join the rapidly expanding council.

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HHS Announces New Health Care Innovation Awards

Posted on 7/11/2014 by NTOCC ®

Yesterday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced new prospective awardees (still to be finalized) to test innovative care models designed to deliver better health care and lower costs under the Health Care Innovation Awards initiative, authorized by the Affordable Care Act. This round of anticipated recipients brings the total amount of funding to as much as $360 million spanning 27 states and the District of Columbia. Prospective recipients will receive their final Notice of Award later this summer.

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CMS Seeks Feedback on the Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program

Posted on 7/7/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they are seeking input from providers on the implementation of the LTCH Quality Reporting Program, which was authorized by the Affordable Care Act. CMS will be conducting brief interviews with providers on a voluntary basis during the months of July and August, 2014. Please see the CMS announcement below.

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CMS Releases CY 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Rule

Posted on 7/7/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies and payment rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2015. The proposed rule also proposes changes to several of the quality reporting initiatives for physicians including the Physician Quality Reporting System, Medicare Shared Savings Program, and Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, as well as changes to the Physician Compare tool on the Medicare.gov website.

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Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Leaders Introduce Post-Acute Care Bill

Posted on 6/27/2014 by NTOCC ®

Today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-MI) introduced the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The bill would standardize the collection of post-acute assessment data to better inform Medicare payment reforms for post-acute care (PAC), including for Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) .

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NTOCC Submits Comments to House Energy & Commerce Committee On Innovation in Health IT

Posted on 6/23/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Last week NTOCC submitted comments to the House Energy & Commerce Committee in response to a call for ideas on how the federal government can support technology adoption in our health care programs for the express and explicit purpose of reducing costs and increasing the overall quality and efficiency of the programs.

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Representative Blumenauer, Petri Introduce the Medicare Transitional Care Act

Posted on 5/30/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Thomas Petri (R-WI), introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2014, legislation that seeks to improve transitions of care by providing Medicare beneficiaries that are at highest risk for hospital readmission access to evidence based transitional care services that are provided by an eligible transitional care entity, such as a hospital, community-based organization or skilled nursing facility. Importantly, as you may recall, NTOCC has worked to ensure that the bill aligns with NTOCC’s “Seven Essential Elements” and supports team-based care.

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Legislation Introduced that Seeks to Fill Care Transition Gaps

Posted on 5/29/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Thomas Petri (R-WI), introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2014, 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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