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Resources by Topic: Legislation and regulations

MBQIP Fundamentals Guide for State Flex Programs
Provides information about the history and status of the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). Developed for the benefit of Flex Program personnel and subcontractors and includes resources to support their work, including data report release timelines, MBQIP acronyms, and several summaries of required quality measures changes.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Medicare Primer
Provides a general overview of the Medicare program. Describes the program’s history, eligibility criteria, covered services, provider payment systems, and program administration, and financing. Includes information specific to rural areas.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Interim Final Rule on Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments
Describes Medicare's method of setting payment rates for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies, and explains the reinstitution of 50/50 blended payment rates for rural and non-contiguous areas from June 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
Author(s): Francis J. Crosson
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Critical Access Hospital eCQM Resource List
Resource list for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), reflecting new materials and updates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2018 reporting.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Global Surgical Days for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Method II
Discusses Medicare payment regulations for the global surgical package, including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative services, effective July 1, 2018.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System for FY 2019
Comment on a May 7, 2018 Federal Register proposed rule revising the hospital inpatient prospective payment system, the long-term care hospital payment system, and quality reporting requirements for specific providers. Includes rural-specific discussion related to the hospital wage index and the related rural floor policy.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Veterans Choice Program: Improvements Needed to Address Access-Related Challenges as VA Plans Consolidation of Its Community Care Programs
Presents a study on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Veterans Choice Program. Evaluates the VHA's ability to consolidate Community Care Programs without affecting access for rural veterans. Highlights findings and provides recommendations for changes.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming as NHSC approved site. This document is a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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National Quality Reporting Crosswalk for CAHs
Provides users with information about Critical Access Hospital (CAH) quality reporting initiatives occurring on a national level, including purpose, measures used, and any overlap in measures across initiatives.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Summarizes the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) review of the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on the Medicare Program durable medical equipment (DME) fee schedule adjustments to resume the transitional 50/50 blended rates to provide relief in rural areas and non-contiguous areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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