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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 20, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment by September 18, 2018 on its intention to collect information for the evaluation of CMS Quality Improvement Organizations' medication safety and adverse drug event prevention activities.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019, the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by by an ESRD facility to patients with acute kidney injury, and the requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Also proposes changes to the bidding and pricing methodologies under the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program and adjusts the DMEPOS fee schedule, both of which include special methodologies for rural areas. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for July 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Kate Hill
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview with Kate Hill, a registered nurse and the Vice President of Clinical Services at The Compliance Team (TCT) where she directs their Rural Health Clinic Accreditation program. Discussion includes the work of TCT and how accreditation works, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment by September 14, 2018 on an information collection related to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Survey Database. The Database contains data from AHRQ's standardized surveys which measure patient experiences with physicians and staff in healthcare practices.
Source: Federal Register
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 18, 2018. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's current research, programs, and initiatives, as well as updates on AHRQ data, analytics, and insights; making health services research relevant to the C-Suite; and AHRQ's opioids efforts.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 16, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by August 15, 2018 on the evaluation of the technical assistance provided to CMS programs as they integrate health equity into their programs, as determined through the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Jul 12, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed rule changes to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in an effort to increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork and use electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information in addition to information related to billing. These proposals would also modernize Medicare payment policies to promote access to virtual care and make changes to quality reporting requirements to focus on measures that most significantly impact health outcomes, among other things.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Takes Action to Modernize Medicare Home Health
Jul 2, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System. These changes aim to improve outcomes with remote patient monitoring technology and updates to the payment model for home health care. These updates include, among other things, allowing the cost of remote patient monitoring to be reported by home health agencies as allowable costs and implementing a new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for home health payments, with units of payment based not on the number of therapy visits but on 30-day periods of care.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Resources and Service Administration Uniform Data System, OMB No. 0915-0193-Revision Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comment regarding the burden estimate for information collected through the HRSA Uniform Data System (UDS) from grantees, including health centers and look-alikes, and Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program awardees. Notice includes several proposed changes for the 2019 UDS collection. Comments are due by August 27, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Proposed Standards for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program's Quality Bonus System Federal Register
Jun 26, 2018 - Response from the Health Resources and Services Administration to comments received on the October 16, 2017 Federal Register notice proposing to create a quality bonus system for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program (CHGME). Includes a consideration for improving access and quality of care for rural and underserved communities.
Source: Federal Register
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