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CMS to Help SNFs Prepare for Value-Based Purchasing Program Rules (Nov. 16)

A November 16, 2017 CMS call will focus on how the Medicare SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program will affect Medicare’s payments to SNFs beginning October 1, 2018. Among other things, the call will cover how CMS will translate SNF performance scores into value-based incentive payments and policies included in the FY 2018 SNF PPS final rule.… Continue Reading

Drug Pricing, Drug Costs, and the Opioid Crisis are the Focus of Upcoming Congressional Hearings

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has scheduled an October 11, 2017 hearing to discuss how covered entities use the 340B drug pricing program. A second Subcommittee hearing on October 11 will consider proposals from House members on ways to address the opioid crisis. On October 17, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue Reading

Upcoming CMS Clinical Diagnostic Lab Test Advisory Panel Meeting to Consider Lab Test Rates

The Medicare Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (CDLTs) is holding a public meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017.  The Panel will discuss calendar year 2018 clinical laboratory fee schedule codes for which CMS received no applicable information to calculate a Medicare payment rate.  The list of CDLTs that will be discussed during the … Continue Reading

IMPACT Act: Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Measures Call (Sept. 6)

CMS is hosting a call on September 6, 2017 to discuss Medicare Spending per Beneficiary Post-Acute Care (PAC) resource use measures, which are mandated by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The call will focus on the components of each measure and public reporting.  The target audience for the call includes:  … Continue Reading

CMS Summit on Potential Behavioral Health Innovative Payment Model (Sept. 8, 2017)

The CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is holding a public summit on September 8, 2017 to explore creating a behavioral health innovative payment model intended to improve health care quality and access, while lowering the cost of care for Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions. The … Continue Reading

CMS Announces Summer Meetings on 2018 Clinical Lab Fee Schedule Update

CMS has scheduled two days of meeting this summer on updates to the Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) for 2018. First, the public meeting on payment amounts for new or substantially revised HCPCS codes being considered for Medicare payment under the 2018 CLFS will be held on July 31, 2017. This meeting also will … Continue Reading

CMS Call: The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination (June 20)

On June 20, 2017, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum conference call to discuss implementation of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). According to a CMS announcement, the call will cover the goals of the IMPACT Act, RAND contract activities (including upcoming national testing), and identify opportunities for … Continue Reading

CMS Call to Focus on Changes to the Medicare Claims Appeal Process and Statistical Sampling (June 29)

CMS is holding a call on June 29, 2017 to discuss recent regulatory changes intended to streamline the Medicare administrative appeal processes, reduce the backlog of pending appeals, and increase consistency in decision-making across appeal levels. The call will also cover how certain appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals “may be … Continue Reading

Medicare OPPS Advisory Panel to Meet August 21-22, 2017

CMS is holding its annual Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment meeting on August 21-22 2017.  The purpose of the Panel is to advise HHS and CMS on ambulatory payment classification (APC) clinical integrity and weights and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues.  Topics that may be considered during the meeting include: Whether procedures within … Continue Reading

CMS Encourages Providers/Suppliers Not To Put Off Emergency Preparedness Training Exercises; Educational Call Scheduled for April 27

CMS is reminding Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers that they will be expected to comply with training and testing requirements included in a September 2016 emergency preparedness final rule by November 15, 2017.  In particular, CMS warns providers and suppliers not to wait for interpretive guidance to begin planning emergency exercises, since those who … Continue Reading

Cuts to Medicare DMEPOS Payment Based on Competitive Bidding Prices – Opportunity to Comment

CMS is seeking input from stakeholders on how it should use data from the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program to adjust (cut) Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule amounts outside of bidding areas (CBAs), as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. The Cures Act mandates that CMS take such stakeholder … Continue Reading

2018 “Next Generation” Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Models

CMS is soliciting applications for 2018 Next Generation ACOs, an Innovation Center initiative intended to promote Medicare quality improvement and care coordination. Letters of intent are due May 4, 2017. CMS is holding a series of calls to discuss the model and the application process, including the following: March 14, 2017: Application Overview and Participating … Continue Reading

CMS Schedules 2017 Meetings to Consider HCPCS Code Applications

CMS has just announced the dates for its annual meetings to discuss pending applications for new and revised HCPCS codes: May 16 – 18, 2017: Drugs/Biologicals/Radiopharmaceuticals/Radiologic Imaging Agents June 7 – 8, 2017: Durable Medical Equipment and Accessories/Orthotics and Prosthetics/Supplies/Other Deadlines and instructions for speaker and general registration and submission of comments are set forth … Continue Reading

ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting Scheduled for March 7-8, 2017

The ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee is meeting on March 7 and 8, 2017, to discuss proposed code changes to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The March 7, 2017 session will focus on procedure codes, and the March 8 meeting will address diagnosis codes.  The registration deadline to attend the meetings is February 25, 2017.… Continue Reading

CMS Call on Required Data Reporting for Global Surgery/Post-Operative Care (April 25)

CMS has scheduled an April 25, 2017 call to discuss new data reporting requirements for clinicians in selected states who furnish global surgery services, as authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Specifically, the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) final rule established a data reporting requirement for practitioners furnishing specified global … Continue Reading

CMS to Host Call on Transitioning Physician Quality Reporting to MIPS (Jan. 24)

On January 24, 2017, CMS is hosting a call to discuss how to complete the final reporting period for the “legacy” Medicare physician quality reporting programs (Physician Quality Reporting System, Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, and Value-Based Payment Modifier) and transition to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  Registration is required to participate.… Continue Reading

CMS to Host Calls on Hospital Appeals Settlement Process (Nov. 16 & Dec. 12)

On November 16, 2016, CMS is hosting a call to provide an update on its latest plans to allow eligible providers to settle their inpatient status claims currently under appeal using the Hospital Appeals Settlement process. By way of background, this administrative settlement process will be available beginning December 1, 2016 for eligible hospitals that … Continue Reading

CMS Plans “Listening Session” on Part D Drug Management Programs under CARA (Nov. 14)

CMS is hosting a November 14, 2016 “listening session” to obtain stakeholder input on implementation of section 704 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA), Under this provision, Medicare Part D sponsors may establish drug management programs for at-risk beneficiaries to limit access to frequently-abused drugs to certain prescribers and pharmacies. Topics … Continue Reading
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