CMS Publishes SNF PPS Final Rule: All Clear for PDPM
CMS posted the Final Rule for the FY 2020 SNF PPS. The rule is essentially unchanged from the proposed rule and sets the stage for the implementation of the Provider-Driven Payment Model and bids farewell to RUGs on October 1.
Looking for Health Data? HRSA Can Help
The Health Resources Services Administration has introduced a series of videos on how to navigate its data website to find the information you may be looking for, including fact sheets, health center locations and shortage areas.
Parkinson Disease Mortality
The CDC has published an updated report on mortality statistics for sufferers of Parkinson disease. Top line results show a 50 percent increase in deaths associated with Parkinson over the past 20 years.
CMS Blog: Ensuring Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes: Five Part Strategy Deep Dive
We at CMS bear the responsibility to develop and enforce quality and safety standards across the nation’s health care system, and we are deeply committed to that job. Every nursing home resident deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and all of our nursing home work at CMS is predicated upon that single goal.
ACL Issues Brief on Assistive Technology
The Administration for Community Living published a briefing document on the role of assistive technology in community living, including the role of assistive technology in helping people live full and independent lives in the community. The brief also provides information on public sources of funding for assistive technology.
Free AHRQ Webinar on the Role of Health IT to Improve Care Transitions
On September 26 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss how health IT can improve care transitions for patients with complex conditions. Presenters will discuss their work on smartphone-based applications to improve care coordination, an interactive patient-centered discharge toolkit to promote self-management, and the role of clinical decision support in improving care transitions for patients with multiple chronic diseases. This webinar is ideal for healthcare researchers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals, health IT researchers and vendors.
CMS Issues Bulletin on Medicaid DUR
The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services has issued a bulletin providing guidance to states on implementing the drug use review requirements included in the recently-passed Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT).
OIG: Medicare Part D Paying for Hospice Drugs Covered by Part B
The HHS Inspector General reports that in 2016 Medicare Part D may have paid as much as $160 million for drugs that should have been paid for by hospice organizations under Medicare Part B.
GAO: Patient Options for Safe and Effective Disposal of Unused Opioids
An estimated 11.1 million Americans misused a prescription pain reliever, including opioids, in 2017. One of the ways government agencies and others have attempted to address misuse is by facilitating safe disposal of these drugs.
ReThink Podcast #14: CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich
As the Medicare program's top clinical official, Dr. Kate Goodrich has played a major role in the wave of nursing home regulatory scrutiny coming from Washington and Baltimore over the last few years.
Recruiting Underway for Technical Expert Panel
Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of hospice stakeholders—for example, providers, patients, and quality improvement experts—to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on an assessment instrument and corresponding quality measures for hospice care.