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Public Inspection: CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting public comment on two separate items: the evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, specifically the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) initiative; and Hospice Conditions of Participation. Comments must be submitted within 30 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 21, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting public comment on two separate items: the evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, specifically the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) initiative; and Hospice Conditions of Participation. Comments must be submitted by March 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

GAO Report Shows Medicare Advantage Plans Could Be a Disadvantage for Seniors with Health Issues; Narrow Networks Continue to Impact Smaller Clinical Laboratories
Tight provider networks have some seniors dropping private plans after losing access to ‘preferred doctors and hospitals’ and experiencing issues with ‘access to care’ Medicare Advantage Plans continue to rise in popularity. That trend has implications for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups because private insurers running Medicare Advantage plans tend to have narrow or […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 14, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: dark daily home page Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing AHIP America’s Health Insurance Plans anatomic pathology Center for Medicare Advocacy centers for medicare and medicaid services clinical laboratory CMS David Lipschutz JD Source Type: news

CMS Seeks ‘New Direction’ for its Innovation Center as the Agency Evaluates Current Value-Based Payment Models for Medicare Services, including Medical Laboratory Testing
Federal agency receives input on eight focus areas as it looks for ways to enable providers ‘to design and offer new approaches to delivering care’ Medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups preparing for the transition from fee-for-service healthcare will want to keep a close eye on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 7, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Alternative Payment Model APM Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation cent Source Type: news

HHS Approves New Healthy Indiana Medicaid Demonstration
On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joined Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to announce the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval of Indiana's Section 1115 waiver, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to help providers prepare for new Medicare cards, which will replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number with randomly-assigned numbers. Also links to theNew Medicare Card provider page. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy Updates to Provide New Benefits for Enrollees, New Protections to Combat Opioid Crisis
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D health and drug programs. These changes would redefine health-related supplemental benefits to include covering of non-skilled in-home supports, portable wheelchair ramps, and other assistive devices and modifications, and would ensure patient-doctor-plan communication regarding opioid use to give health plans additional tools to manage chronic overuse. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 1, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Emergency Response and Recovery
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 01/30/2018 This Web page provides information about emergency response and recovery programs at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It describes CMS actions on recent disasters and emergencies, including wildfires and the opioid crisis, and provides documents for download. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Opioid Crisis
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 01/30/2018 This Web page provides background information about the opioid crisis, the declaration of a public health emergency, and documents about the public health emergency declarations on October 26, 2017, and January 24, 2018. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Wildfires: 2017 California Wildfires
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 12/19/2017 This Web page provides information and links to files related to the 2071-2018 wildfires in Southern California, and public health actions taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other federal agencies. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 30, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of the Extension of Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Part B Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers and Home Health Agencies in Designated Geographic Locations
In order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the statewide moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers of Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The extension takes effect January 29, 2018, and also applies to the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in those states. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 30, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 29, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

McKesson Specialty Health Designated as 2018 Qualified Clinical Data Registry by CMS
The Woodlands, Texas (January 26, 2018) – McKesson Specialty Health has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2018 program year as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). This is the second con... (Source: McKesson News)
Source: McKesson News - January 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - October Through December 2017
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Request for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Panel advises the Secretary of HHS and the Administrator of CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (ACP) group and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the OPPS. Some of the panel members must be from rural regions and/or represent Critical Access Hospitals (CAH...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS delay of decision support creates opportunities
Last year's decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: FDA issues new draft guidance for medical software, CDS No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back ACR sounds alarm regarding CMS' site-neutral policy Chang: IT is the key to improving radiology efficiency CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances: October through December 2017
Pre-publication quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from October through December, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for January 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Requests for Nominations: Medicare Program; Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. The Panel advises the Secretary of HHS and the Administrator of CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (ACP) group and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. Panel members must be full-time employees of hospitals, hospital systems, or other Medicare providers that are subject to the OPPS. Some of the panel members must be from rural regions and/or represent Critical Acce...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 25, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Report: CMS nixes plans for pathway for expedited medical device coverage
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has cancelled plans to create a new regulatory pathway that aimed to accelerate medicare coverage for medical devices, according to a ModernHealthcare report. The federal agency reportedly withdrew the proposition, known as Excite, from review at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget this month, nine months after it was submitted. Details on why the proposition was pulled, and whether or not CMS has plans to pursue such a pathway in the future are unclear, according to the ModernHealthcare report. The proposition was derived from an industry proposal k...
Source: Mass Device - January 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by The Compliance Team for Continued CMS Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program
Proposed notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledging the receipt of an application from The Compliance Team (TCT) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). TCT's current 6-year term expires July 18, 2018. Comments on whether TCT's requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for certification of RHCs must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on February 22, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 23, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Hospital Groups Have an Idea That Could Make Generic Drugs Cheaper
(TRENTON, N.J.) — Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price increases for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive up costs for hospitals, require staff time to find scarce drugs or devise alternatives, and sometimes mean patients don’t get the best choice. The not-for-profit drug company initially will be backed by four hospital groups &md...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda A. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Approved Changes to Medicaid in Kentucky
On January 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a Section 1115 demonstration waiver in Kentucky, entitled " Kentucky Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health " or KY HEALTH. This fact sheet summarizes key provisions of Kentucky's approved waiver. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS mulls expanded MRI coverage for CRM patients
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is thinking about extending coverage for magnetic resonance imaging scans to patients with cardiac rhythm management devices after reviewing studies showing that MRI scans are safe. If finalized the decision would allow Medicare patients with implanted MR-conditional devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators to have their MRI scans covered by the national healthcare program. “We propose that the evidence is sufficient to conclude that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for Medicare beneficiaries with an implanted pacemaker (PM), implantable cardioverter defibrillator ...
Source: Mass Device - January 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Cardiac Rhythm Management Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Source Type: news

See the top-rated hospitals in Greater Washington — and how the others stack up
The Washington region can finally boast its first five-star-rated hospitals — or, to be exact, its first three — in Inova Fairfax, Inova Mount Vernon and Inova Fair Oaks hospitals, according to the federal Hospital Compare website. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-run website, designed to help consumers compare hospital quality based on measures including patient satisfaction, readmission rates and mortality rates, was updated in late December. That update came after a five-month… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid
Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Medicaid Health Insurance and Managed Care Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Verma, Seema Source Type: news

CMS introduces new bundled payment model
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Are virtual groups an option for radiologists reporting MIPS? CMS delays expansion of cardio, ortho bundled programs Neiman report warns of ACOs' effects on radiology CMS offers alternatives for MACRA implementation AMIA urges CMS to rethink payment policies (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 10, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Federal Regulators Issue Notice to DTC Test Company Orig3n That Its Purchase of Interleukin Genetics Could Involve CLIA Compliance Issues
CMS sends letter to Orig3n notifying the genetic test company that it may not have the required certifications to market its genetic tests Orig3n’s recent ill-fated “DNA Day” promotion to offer free genetic tests during an NFL football game this past fall pushed Orig3n into the media spotlight. The Massachusetts-based biotech company—which sells 18 different […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 10, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology biomarkers centers for medicare and medicaid services CLI Source Type: news

CMS renews ACR's data registry for 2018
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed the American...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACR calls for summer radiology internship applications ACR revises Appropriateness Criteria ACR names 2018 gold medalists ACR sounds alarm regarding CMS' site-neutral policy CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support CMS releases 2018 MPFS with 1% radiology pay cut (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 9, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Insulet lands Medicare Part D coverage for Omnipod insulin delivery system
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance today noting that Insulet‘s (NSDQ:PODD) Omnipod tubeless insulin delivery device can be covered by the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The Billerica, Mass.-based company estimated that its latest reimbursement win extends access to the Omnipod system to 450,000 people with Type I diabetes across the U.S. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Insulet lands Medicare Part D coverage for Omnipod insulin delivery system appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - January 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Diabetes Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Insulet Source Type: news

Abbott nabs CMS reimbursement for FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that its FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor is now available to Medicare patients, after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services determined that the device can be classified as a therapeutic CGM. The FreeStyle Libre is designed to read glucose levels through a sensor worn on the back of a person’s upper arm for up to 10 days. Abbott touted that its device is the only CGM covered by Medicare that doesn’t require user calibration. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Abbott nabs CMS reimbursement for FreeStyle Libre continu...
Source: Mass Device - January 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Diabetes Patient Monitoring Wall Street Beat Abbott Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Dexcom Source Type: news

Trump Administration Eases Nursing Home Fines in Victory for Industry
Medicare is discouraging the use of penalties for what it considers “ one-time mistakes ” and in other circumstances. The changes come in response to industry pressure. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JORDAN RAU Tags: Nursing Homes Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Elder Care Fines (Penalties) United States Politics and Government American Health Care Assn Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Report: Drugmakers may have ducked $1.3B in Medicaid rebates
Without calling out any drug companies by name, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General revealed this week that 10 potentially misclassified drugs may have resulted in $1.3 billion in lost rebates to Medicaid between 2012 and 2016. The issue of ducking rebates came to the public’s attention earlier this year when Mylan (NSDQ:MYL) reached a $465 million settlement with the Dept. of Justice to resolve claims that the company misclassified its EpiPen auto-injectors as generic rather than branded to avoid paying a higher rebate. Get the full story at our sis...
Source: Mass Device - December 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Healthcare Reform Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Mylan Source Type: news

How has U.S. spending on healthcare changed over time?
This chart collection explores recently released National Health Expenditure (NHE) data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These data offer insight into changes in health spending over time as well as the driving forces behind spending growth. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
Corrected republication of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2018. Included in the rule is a provision that reduces Medicare Part B payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSHs) and Rural Referral Centers (RRCs) for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Effective January 1, 2018, payments to affected facilities will be reduced from average sales price (ASP) plus 6 percent, to ASP minus 22.5 percent. Among oth...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 14, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 48-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, a...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institution Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 43-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institution (RNHCI) requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, and Training and Tes...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Rural Health Clinic/Federally Qualified Health Center Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 39-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Rural Health Clinic/Federally Qualified Health Center (RHC/FQHC) Requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Home Health Agency Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 38-page from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Home Health Agency (HHA) Requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, and Integrated Healthcare Systems. ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Hospice Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 49-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for hospice requirements. It provide requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, and Integrated Healthcare Systems. (PDF) (Source: Di...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Hospital (and Transplant Center) Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 69-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Hospital and Transplant Center Requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, Integrated Healthcar...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 48-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) Requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communicat...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Long Term Care Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 66-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Long Term Care (LTC) Requirements. It provides requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, Emergency and Standby Power System...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Organ Procurement Organization Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 33-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) Requirements. It provides requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, Continuity of OPO ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 49-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testin...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

How remote patient monitoring made its way into Medicare's 2018 reimbursement rules
As announced in the final rule in November, starting in 2018, a new reimbursable Improvement Activity is being added to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services'Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which encompasses using digital tools to monitor patients outside the hospital.  Three digital health compa (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Critical Access Hospital Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 53-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Requirements. It provides requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, Emergency and Standby Po...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

End Stage Renal Disease Facilities Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 44-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Requirements. It provides requirements for the Emergency Plan, Policies and Procedures, Communications Plan, Training and Testing, and Integrated ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs
Republication of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year 2018. Included in the rule is a provision that reduces Medicare Part B payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSHs) and Rural Referral Centers (RRCs) for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Effective January 1, 2018, payments to affected facilities will be reduced from average sales price (ASP) plus 6 percent, to ASP minus 22.5 percent. Among others, Criti...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 13, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Ambulatory Surgical Center Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 34-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Requirements. It provides the requirements for the Emergency Plan; Policies and Procedures; Communications Plan; Training and Testing; and Integrated Hea...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agency Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 38-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services Requirements. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news