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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model Expansion Listening Session

Wednesday August 16 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm ET

The CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule makes additional proposals to implement the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model starting in 2018, including the payment structure, as well as additional supplier enrollment requirements and supplier compliance standards to ensure program integrity. During this call, CMS experts provide a high-level overview of the proposed policies; participants should review the proposed rule prior to the call. 

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Click here to view the proposed rule


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ACRA 101 Webinar Series

December 16, 20, and 21, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Join CMS for a webinar series to learn about the development of patient relationship categories for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requirements (section 1848(r)(3)(B). Stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

Click here for information on the Friday, December 16 call on Coding, Billing, and Practice Management Groups

Click here for information on the Tuesday, December 20 call on Speciality Societies

Click here for information on the Wednesday, December 21 call on Coding, Billing, and Practice Management Groups


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MACRA Summary and the QPP Program: Considerations in Electing MIPS vs. APMs

December 19, 2016

3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

CMS will summarize the MACRA law and the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including the roll out under Pick Your Pace. CAPG will provide insight from members who plan to participate in QPP, including considerations underlying their election of either MIPS or APM, and giving consideration to Pick Your Pace options.

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Quality Payment Program Final Rule Call

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ends the sustainable growth rate and moves Medicare closer to a system that pays physicians based on the outcomes that matter to patients. The Quality Payment Program allows clinicians to choose the best way to deliver quality care and to participate based on their practice size, specialty, location, or patient population. During this call, learn about the provisions in the recently released final rule; participants should review the rule prior to the call. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model – Expansion Call

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1:30 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a conference call regarding the expansion of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model that was finalized through the 2017 Physician Fee Schedule final rule.

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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time

During this call, learn about the reform of requirements for long-term care facilities, highlighting the Behavioral Health Services & Pharmacy Services sections. A Tennessee nursing home will also discuss innovative approaches that they implemented to dramatically reduce the use of antipsychotic medications. Additionally, CMS subject matter experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

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How to Report Across 2016 Medicare Quality Programs Call

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 1:30  - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Learn how to report quality measures during the 2016 program year to maximize your participation in Medicare quality programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, Value-Based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Satisfactory reporters will avoid the 2018 PQRS negative payment adjustment, satisfy the clinical quality measure component of the EHR Incentive Program, and satisfy requirements for the Value Modifier to avoid the downward payment adjustment. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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Long-Term Care Facilities: Reform of Requirements Call

Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time

During this call, learn about the final rule to reform the requirements for long-term care facilities. These requirements are the federal health and safety standards that long-term care facilities must meet in order to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Find out about the changes included in the final rule; implementation and survey process; and provider training and resources. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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IMPACT Act: Data Elements and Measure Development Call

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

During this call, CMS experts discuss how data elements are used in measure development. Find out how information from assessment instruments is used to calculate quality measures. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data on quality measures, resource use, and other measures by Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals.

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SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program Call

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Learn how the implementation of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program will affect your Medicare payment. During this call, CMS experts discuss the legislative background, along with the SNF 30-Day Potentially Preventable Readmission measure, performance standards, and scoring methodology finalized in the FY 2017 SNF Prospective Payment System final rule. Also, find out about the confidential quarterly feedback reports you will receive beginning on October 1, 2016. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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CMS Special Open Door Forum: The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination

Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 2:00 -3:00 pm Eastern Time - Conference Call Only

The purpose of this Special Open Door Forum (SODF) is to provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the IMPACT Act). The IMPACT Act mandates the standardization of patient assessment data across post-acute care settings including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long Term Care Hospitals in order to improve quality of care and quality of life.

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Webinar: Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Overview

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) will host a webinar to discuss various aspects of the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model proposals. 

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SNF Quality Reporting Program Webcast

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Learn about the reporting requirements for the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), effective October 1, 2016. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) established the SNF QRP and requires the submission of standardized data. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call

Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

This call focuses on effective care transitions between long-term and acute care settings, highlighting transitions that involve residents with dementia. This is critical for residents with dementia, as care transitions can cause heightened anxiety and aggression. Communication should be optimized, as care transitions are high-risk periods for nursing home residents. Additionally, CMS subject matter experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Webinar — August 9 

Tuesday, August 9 from 12 to 1 pm ET 

The CMS Innovation Center is holding a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program webinar to provide an overview of the proposal in the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Under the proposal, Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program suppliers, recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, would be allowed to submit claims to Medicare for providing diabetes prevention services.

Click here to register for the webinar

Click here for information about the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Click here to read the proposed rule


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IMPACT Act: Data Elements and Measure Development Call — August 31 

Wednesday, August 31 from 1:30 to 3 ET

During this call, CMS experts discuss how data elements are used in measure development. Find out how information from assessment instruments is used to calculate quality measures. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data on quality measures, resource use, and other measures by Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals.

Click here for more information and to register for the call


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Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

This CMS Open Door Forum will discuss the integration of long-term services and supports and associated beneficiary protections into the Medicaid managed care regulatory.  

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4/19/16 – CMS – Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum – April 26, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of beneficiaries and stakeholder communities in relation to the Medicaid & Medicare programs. This Forum strives to handle questions on delivery of services to older adults and individuals with disabilities. Many of the discussions are broad in nature and serve to inform all participants about the different levels of integration between agency policy and legislative efforts. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are included in the forums.

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4/15/16 – CMS - Understanding the IMPACT Act-Patient and Family Focused for Informed Decision Making – May 12, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

CCSQ will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) to allow patients, families, caregivers, patient advocacy groups, disabled groups, low-income health patients, other consumers and interested parties to ask questions on The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (commonly called the IMPACT Act) and standardizing the assessment of patients across post-acute care settings of Skilled nursing facilities, Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long Term Care Hospitals to improve quality of care and quality of life.

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"Independence, Dignity & Joy!" - The 28th Annual Conference of the Area Agency on Aging Association of Michigan

May 7 & 8, 2015

Lansing Center & Radisson Hotel Downtown Lansing

This year’s training event celebrates how the aging network can empower older adults with chronic conditions to have a life worth living.  The keynote address will provide updates from state leaders in health and long term care – Nick Lyon and Kari Sederburg.  Other sessions explore a wide variety of innovative and evidence-based initiatives -  among them - the evidence-based Montessori approach to dementia programming, pioneered by Dr. Cameron Camp.

Please click here for more information.  

Please click here to register for the event. 


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5/7/14 - Reforms Of Regulatory Requirements To Save Health Care Providers $660 Million Annually

Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on hospitals and other health care providers will save nearly $660 million annually, and $3.2 billion over five years, through a rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS). Together with another rule finalized in 2012, this rule is estimated to save heath care providers more than $8 billion over the next five years. This final rule supports President Obama’s unprecedented regulatory retrospective review—or “regulatory lookback”— initiative, where federal agencies are modifying, streamlining or eliminating excessively burdensome and unnecessary regulations on business. “By eliminating stumbling blocks and red tape we can assure that the health care that reaches patients is more timely, that it’s the right treatment for the right patient, and greater efficiency improves patient care across the board,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
 

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4/7/14 – Kaiser Family Foundation - Paying a Visit to the Doctor: Current Financial Protections for Medicare Patients When Receiving Physician 

By Cristina Boccuti 

With the recent decision to enact a 17th short-term “fix” to avert deep cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, Congress will likely return within the year to the question of whether and how to replace the widely-criticized formula that Medicare uses to calculate payments for physician services, called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system.1 For the most part, recent proposals on reforming the physician payment system leave intact current financial protections that shield beneficiaries from unexpected and confusing charges when they see physicians and practitioners. These protections include the participating provider program, limitations on balance billing, and conditions on private contracting. This issue brief describes these three protections, explains why they were enacted, and analyzes the implications of modifying them for beneficiaries, providers, and the Medicare program.

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