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Resources by Topic: Healthcare quality

Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) Findings and Recommendations
Report from the Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) examining the rapid expansion of telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic and possible permanent shifts in telehealth policy. Offers findings and policy recommendations related to patient safety, program integrity, data flow and care coordination, quality measurement, cost of care, and overarching issues.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alliance for Connected Care, ATA, National Committee for Quality Assurance
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the ESRD PPS for CY 2021
Comments on a July 13, 2020, Federal Register proposed rule related to Medicare payment policies for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Includes comments addressing the ESRD Quality Incentive Program and changes to geographic area delineations.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Rural Success: Paris Community Hospital, IL
Describes the quality improvement efforts of Paris Community Hospital in rural Paris, Illinois. Highlights the success of the emergency department's communication with other departments and facilities and opportunities to improve the hospital's antibiotic stewardship.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Quality Payment Program - COVID-19 Response
Provides an overview of Quality Payment Program flexibilities for healthcare providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to each relief program.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes
Provides a compilation of resources and strategies for quality improvement, management, and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes. Includes information on testing, workforce and staffing, infection control, personal protective equipment, patient transfers, telehealth services, and more. Includes recommendations and examples from rural areas throughout.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telehealth in Vermont: COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Provides an overview of telehealth services and regulations in Vermont prior to, and in response to, the COVID-19 public health emergency. Includes resources on billing and reimbursement, licensure, patient consent, telehealth platforms and technology, sample workflows and implementation toolkits, case studies, and planning for the future.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bi-State Primary Care Association
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Support for Transition from Adolescent to Adult Health Care Among Adolescents With and Without Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders — United States, 2016–2017
Examines whether adolescents, including adolescents with diagnosed mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs), receive the recommended guidance on transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. Includes data for adolescents living within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and outside an MSA.
Author(s): Rebecca T. Leeb, Melissa L. Danielson, Rebecca H. Bitsko, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(34), 1156-1160
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Nursing Home Strategies for COVID-19 Only Isolation of COVID-19 Residents
Identifies flexibilities available to state Medicaid agencies to increase payment for nursing homes during the COVID-19 public health emergency to support enhanced infection control practices. Highlights examples of approved payment models in Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Lists CMS waivers and flexibilities issued and implemented in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Describes the impact of each provision for rural providers and facilities.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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