CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities for Continued Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Accreditation Program
Notice from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for continued recognition of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are due by November 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Independent Rural Health Clinic Cost Report; 2) Bid Pricing Tool (BPT) for Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); and 3) Implementation of Medicare and Medicaid Programs; —Promoting Interoperability Programs (Stage 3) (CMS-10552). Comments are due by December 13, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Clarifies Medicare Recognition of Interstate Licensure Compacts
Describes updated guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding interstate licensure compacts, which are an area of ongoing policy change in relation to expanding telehealth services for Medicare enrollees. Notes that CMS will recognize licenses obtained through compacts as valid. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Fee-for-Service Prepayment Review of Medical Records; 2) The ESRD Network Peer Mentoring Program; and 3) Conditions of Coverage for Portable X-ray Suppliers and Supporting Regulations. Comments are due by November 4, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare Reverses Course On Decision To Universally Cover Breakthrough Medical Devices For 4 Years
In January the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule on coverage of breakthrough medical devices that would allow for coverage for four years. Last month, CMS reversed course, by proposing to rescind the rule due primarily to clinical evidence concerns. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 4, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021 (FY 2022); Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theAugust 4, 2021, final rule for FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). The correction is effective October 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Fiscal Year 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theAugust 4, 2021, final rule for FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). The correction is effective October 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 1, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Appeals; Adjustment to the Amount in Controversy Threshold Amounts for Calendar Year 2022
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2022 AIC threshold amounts are $180 for ALJ hearings and $1,760 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What Happens When the World ’s Most Popular COVID-19 Dashboard Can’t Get Data?
One Monday in late February 2020, Lauren Gardner was working frantically. The website she’d been managing around the clock for the last month—which tracked cases of an emerging respiratory disease called COVID-19, and presented the spread in maps and charts—was, all of a sudden, getting inundated with visitors and kept crashing. As Gardner, an associate professor of engineering at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), struggled to get the site online again, an official in the Trump Administration falsely claimed on Twitter that JHU had deliberately censored the information. “Seems like bad timing to sto...
Source: TIME: Health - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on the following information requests: 1) Information Collection Requirements in HSQ-110, Acquisition, Protection and Disclosure of Peer review Organization Information and Supporting Regulations; 2) Information Collection Requirements in 42 CFR 478.18, 478.34, 478.36, 478.42, QIO Reconsiderations and Appeals; and 3) Generic Beneficiary and Family Centered-Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) Data Collection Research. Comments are due by November 29, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Application by the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) for continued recognition of the American Diabetes Association as a national accrediting organization of accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. The approval is effective September 27, 2021, through September 27, 2027. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Application by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for continued recognition of the American Diabetes Association as a national accrediting organization of accrediting entities that wish to furnish diabetes outpatient self-management training services to Medicare beneficiaries. The approval is effective September 27, 2021, through September 27, 2027. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act Section 1003 Demonstration Evaluation and 2) Medicaid Drug Use Review (DUR) Program. Comments are due by November 23, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 24, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology and Definition of Reasonable and Necessary
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would repeal theJanuary 14, 2021, final rule titled "Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of 'Reasonable and Necessary.'" Comments are due by October 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS to kill payment program for 'breakthrough' medical devices
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to kil...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radiology organizations oppose CMS' labor policy SIR objects to CMS rule change ASTRO calls proposed CMS cuts 'draconian' CMS revokes PET infection, inflammation imaging barrier CMS unveils final rule to speed up coverage of advanced tech (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 14, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology and Definition of Reasonable and Necessary
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would repeal theJanuary 14, 2021, final rule titled "Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of 'Reasonable and Necessary.'" Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for September 15, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: OPM, IRS, EBSA, CMS: Requirements Related to Air Ambulance Services, Agent and Broker Disclosures, and Provider Enforcement
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Office of Personnel Management, Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing certain provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Proposed changes include requiring plans, issuers, and providers of air ambulance services to submit to HHS certain data regarding air ambulance services and implementing penalties for failure to submit data, among other things. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for September 16, 2021. (Source: F...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation; Continuation of Effectiveness and Extension of Timeline for Publication of the Final Rule
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the continuation of, effectiveness of, and extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation which was originally published as an interim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation; Continuation of Effectiveness and Extension of Timeline for Publication of the Final Rule
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing a continuation of, effectiveness of, and extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule for the Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation which was originally published as an interim final rule on September 6, 2016. All provisions remain in effect and the timeline for publication of the final rule has been extended to September 6, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 7, 2021 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 (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Survey of Retail Prices and 2) Collection of Prescription Drug Event Data From Contracted Part D Providers for Payment. Comments are due by October 4, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) September 15, 2021 Virtual Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a virtual public meeting on September 15, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to thedesignated federal official by September 8, 2021. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the July 2021 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more.Registration is required by September 8, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; National Expansion Implementation for All Remaining States and Territories of the Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the implementation dates for all remaining states and territories for the national expansion of the Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports. This model tests whether prior authorization for repetitive, scheduled non-emergent ambulance transports helps reduce expenditures while maintaining or improving access to and quality of care. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Home Health Change of Care Notice; 2) Survey Report Form for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and Supporting Regulation; and 3) ICF/IID Survey Report Form and Supporting Regulations. Comments are due by October 19, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-April Through June 2021
Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from April through June 2021, including contact information for general questions or additional information about specific sections. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2022 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals; Changes to Medicaid Provider Enrollment; and Changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2022, and implements changes for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Hospital Readmissions Reduction, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction, the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Reporting, and the Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting programs. Also finalizes the May 10, 2021 interim final rule regarding rur...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Most Favored Nation Model
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing to rescind theNovember 27, 2020, interim final rule, "Most Favored Nation Model," which was designed to test alternative ways for Medicare to pay for certain Medicare Part B single source drugs and biologicals. Comments are due by October 12, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Caption secures CMS add-on payments for its AI software platform
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved new technolog...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Caption Health names new chief executive Caption Health receives $4.9M grant for AI ultrasound Caption inks AI-guided ultrasound deal with Chicago hospital Caption Health raises $53M Caption Health gets FDA clearance for AI update (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 9, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Most Favored Nation Model
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing to rescind theNovember 27, 2020, interim final rule, "Most Favored Nation Model," which was designed to test alternative ways for Medicare to pay for certain Medicare Part B single source drugs and biologicals. Comments are due within 60 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for August 10, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS revokes PET infection, inflammation imaging barrier
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed the fina...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CMS renews reimbursements for Viz.ai stroke AI software For practice success, brush up on your coding Regulatory complexity challenges radiology administrators Proposed Medicare rule would likely bring radiology reimbursement cuts CMS gives nod to Rayus Radiology's CDI Quality Institute (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 6, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Clinics Won ’t Provide It. Insurers Won’t Cover It. So Will the First Alzheimer’s Drug Make a Difference?
In theory, the approval of the first drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease would be cause for universal celebration. But from the moment the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved aducanumab on June 7, the drug has been beset by controversy about whether the drug is actually effective—and if the agency bent to pressure from maker Biogen. The conflict came to a head Wednesday when the agency watchdog, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General, announced that it would look into the drug’s accelerated approval, including allegations that the FDA had an “inappropriately cl...
Source: TIME: Health - August 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park and Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) HIPAA Administrative Simplification (Non-Privacy/Security) Complaint Form, which is used to collect information on complaints filed for suspected HIPAA violations; and 2) Home Health Care CAHPS Survey (HHCAHPS) Mode Experiment, which will test a web-based mode of Home Health Care quality reporting submission. Comments are due by October 4, 2021 (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS renews reimbursements for Viz.ai stroke AI software
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed a reimbursemen...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Viz.ai to add Avicenna.ai software to platform Viz.ai gets CE Mark for AI-powered stroke software Viz.ai touts research at stroke conference Viz.ai raises $71M in funding Viz.ai launches image software for clinical trials (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 4, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021 (FY 2022)
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the FY 2022 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. This rule also updates and clarifies the IPF teaching policy with respect to IPF hospital closures and displaced residents, finalizes a technical change to the 2016-based IPF market basket price proxies, and updates quality measures and reporting requirement...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and finalizes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also makes permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and finalizes changes to public reporting for the Home H...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022; and Technical Correction to Long-Term Care Facilities Physical Environment Requirements
Notice of final rule Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule rebases and revises the SNF market basket, updates the diagnosis code mappings used under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), and finalizes a technical correction to the physical environment requirements that Long-Term Care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This rule also includes updates the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Includes rural considerations throughout. This ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 and Updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program; Payment for Complex Rehabilitative Wheelchairs and Related Accessories (Including Seating Systems) and Seat and Back Cushions Furnished in Connection with Such Wheelchairs
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule updates the cost-to-charge ratio (CCR) ceiling and urban/rural average CCRs for FY 2022 and updates quality measures and reporting requirements under the IRF quality reporting program. These regulations are effective on October 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services must be paid directly to the practitioner providing the service. Under the new proposal, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. Comments on this rule are due by September 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2022 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals; Changes to Medicaid Provider Enrollment; and Changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2022, and implements changes for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Hospital Readmissions Reduction, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting, Hospital- Acquired Condition Reduction, the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Reporting, and the Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting programs. Also finalizes the May 10, 2021 interim final r...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services must be paid directly to the practitioner providing the service. Under the new proposal, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. Comments on this rule are due by September 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Largest Nursing Homes in Greater Baltimore
Information for this List was obtained from Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality and Medicare.gov Nursing Homes Compare; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) creates the overall star rating for nursing homes from three parts: health inspections, quality of resident care measures and staffing; Star ratings for each part and for the overall rating range from 1 to 5 stars, with more stars indicating better quality. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 30, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022; and Technical Correction to Long-Term Care Facilities Physical Environment Requirements
Pre-publication notice of final rule Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule rebases and revises the SNF market basket, updates the diagnosis code mappings used under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), and finalizes a technical correction to the physical environment requirements that Long-Term Care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This rule also includes updates the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Includes rural considerations t...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and finalizes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also makes permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and finalizes changes to public reportin...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: FY 2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021 (FY 2022)
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the FY 2022 prospective payment rates, outlier threshold, and wage index for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. This rule also updates and clarifies the IPF teaching policy with respect to IPF hospital closures and displaced residents, finalizes a technical change to the 2016-based IPF market basket price proxies, and updates quality measures and repor...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 and Updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program; Payment for Complex Rehabilitative Wheelchairs and Related Accessories (Including Seating Systems) and Seat and Back Cushions Furnished in Connection with Such Wheelchairs
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for fiscal year 2022. Among other things, this rule updates the cost-to-charge ratio (CCR) ceiling and urban/rural average CCRs for FY 2022 and updates quality measures and reporting requirements under the IRF quality reporting program. These regulations are effective on October 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 30, 2021 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 (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Beneficiary Experiences with Care Survey (MBECS) System and 2) CLIA Collection of Information Requirements Related to SARS-CoV-2 Test Results Reporting. Comments are due by August 30, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on a revision to the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey. Data collected from OAS CAHPS can enable consumers to make more informed decisions when choosing an outpatient surgery facility, aid facilities in their quality improvement efforts, and help CMS monitor and report on the performance of outpatient surgery facilities. Comments are due by August 30, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 29, 2021 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 (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) OASIS-D and 2) Granting and Withdrawal of Deeming Authority to Private Nonprofit Accreditation Organizations and CLIA Exemption Under State Laboratory Programs. Comments are due by August 30, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2021 on August 23, 2021. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, as well as supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePanel's website one week before the meeting. Comment and presentation submissions to...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2022 Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Provider Enrollment Regulation Updates; Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-Payment Medical Review Requirements
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 4) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 5) updates to certain Medicare provider enrollment policies; 6) requirements for prepayment and post-payment medical review activities; 7) requirements for electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a prescription dru...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 23, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Meetings: Medicare Program: Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2021 on August 23, 2021. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, as well as supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePanel's website one week before the meeting. Comment an...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news