Top-Rated Nursing Homes
Information on The List was obtained from Medicare ’s Nursing Home Compare database and could not be independently verified. Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of The Lists, omissions sometimes occur. In case of ties, companies are listed alphabetically. Local and Memphis area refers to Shelby, Tipton, and Fayet te counties in Tenn.; DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica counties in Miss. and Crittenden County, Ark. List only includes local nursing homes with a three-star or greater overall rating. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) creates an overall star rating for...
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 21, 2022 Category: Biotechnology 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) Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) and 2) Application and Triennial Re-application to Be a Qualified Entity to Receive Medicare Data for Performance Measurement. Comments are due by March 22, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Proficiency Testing Regulations Related to Analytes and Acceptable Performance; Extension of Timeline for Publication of Final Rule
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the extension of the timeline for the publication of a final rule updating proficiency testing (PT) regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 to address current analytes and newer technologies,originally proposed on February 4, 2019. The final rule will be published by February 4, 2023. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 19, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) February 3, 2022 Virtual Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a virtual public meeting on February 3, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to thedesignated federal official by January 27, 2022. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the September 2021 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more.Registration is required by January 27, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 18, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Price Transparency of Hospital Standard Charges; Radiation Oncology Model; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theNovember 16, 2021, final rule. These corrections are effective January 13, 2022, and is applicable January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 13, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Updates to Lists Related to Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Conditions of Payment
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing updates to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Master List of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items Potentially Subject to Face-to-Face Encounter and Written Order Prior to Delivery and/or Prior Authorization Requirements. These changes are effective April 13, 2022. Prior authorization will be implemented in three phases beginning April 13, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 13, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS to limit coverage of new drugs for Alzheimer's disease
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a nationa...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI sheds light on effects of aducanumab Alzheimer's drug SNMMI pushes for coverage of PET tracers for Aduhelm use PET radiotracer tweaked for greater precision in AD detection FDA approves Alzheimer's treatment under accelerated pathway (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 12, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C) and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) to implement changes related to Star Ratings, network adequacy, special requirements during disasters or public emergencies, and pharmacy price concessions, among other things. This proposed rule would also revise regulations related to dual-eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs), other special needs plans, and cost contract plans. Comments are due by March 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2022 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 a pilot program to collect race and ethnicity data on Medicare Part C and Part D enrollment forms. The data will be used to explore the response rate to race and ethnicity questions as a whole and how it intersects with beneficiary income and other demographics, conduct focus groups to understand how people who elect to not respond to the race and ethnicity questions perceive the addition of those questions on the form, continue to test CMS' race and ethnicity imputation model, and determine the data necessary for sufficient samples sizes to conduct...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare Proposes to Sharply Limit Coverage of the Alzheimer ’s Drug Aduhelm
If the preliminary decision is finalized this spring, it would restrict coverage to patients in randomized clinical trials. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pam Belluck Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Aduhelm (Drug) Elderly Alzheimer ' s Disease Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Biogen Inc your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Medicare Won ’t Pay For Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Without A New Trial
In a key decision, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said today that Medicare will not pay for the controversial Alzheimer ’s drug Adulhelm until it sees positive results from a government-approved trial. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 11, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Howard Gleckman, Senior Contributor Tags: Personal Finance /personal-finance Money /money Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Editors' Pick editors-pick Breaking breaking-news investing personalfinance Source Type: news

Medicare proposes to cover controversial Alzheimer's drug with restrictions
Medicare has proposed covering the controversial and costly Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm only for those enrolled in qualifying clinical trials, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced... #aduhelm #alzheimer (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare plans to cover Biogen drug only for patients in clinical trials
Medicare will only cover the cost of Aduhelm, the Alzheimer's drug made by Biogen Inc., for certain patients enrolled in clinical trials if the feds stick to a preliminary decision issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency posted a proposed decision to its website on Tuesday afternoon. Biogen (Nasdaq: BIIB) shares began to slide in after-hours trading, dropping by about 6% in the first hour after the closing bell. The final CMS decision will not come until… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 11, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

Medicare Will Not Fully Cover Aduhelm, the Controversial —and Costly—Alzheimer’s Disease Drug
Medicare said Tuesday it will limit coverage of a $28,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug whose benefits have been widely questioned, a major development in the nation’s tug-of-war over the fair value of new medicines that offer tantalizing possibilities but come with prohibitive prices. The initial determination from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services means that patients taking Biogen’s Aduhelm medication will have to be part of research efforts to assess the drug’s effectiveness in slowing the progression of dementia. Medicare’s national coverage determination would become final this spr...
Source: TIME: Science - January 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / AP Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthscienceclimate wire 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 an information collection request regarding the distribution of additional Medicare-funded medical residency positions in rural and underserved areas in accordance with Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. Information collected will provide CMS with the information necessary to process and score applications in compliance with policies finalized in the upcoming final rule. Comments are due by February 10, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 11, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C) and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) to implement changes related to Star Ratings, network adequacy, special requirements during disasters or public emergencies, and pharmacy price concessions, among other things. This proposed rule would also revise regulations related to dual-eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs), other special needs plans, and cost contract plans. Comments are due by March 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 7, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2023
Notice of proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs and user fees for Federally-facilitated Exchanges and State-based Exchanges on the Federal platform, among other things. This proposed rule also seeks comments on how HHS can advance health equity through qualified health plan certification standards and in the individual and group health insurance markets, and how HHS might address plan choice overload in the Exchanges. ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 5, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Policy Issues, and Level II of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS); DME Interim Pricing in the CARES Act; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments To Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making a correction to theDecember 28, 2021, final rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 4, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Policy Issues, and Level II of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System; etc.
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making a correction to theDecember 28, 2021, final rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 3, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm Faces Crucial Medicare Decision
Medicare officials are trying to determine whether to cover Aduhelm, which the F.D.A. approved despite unclear evidence that it helps patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pam Belluck Tags: your-feed-science Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Aduhelm (Drug) Alzheimer ' s Disease Elderly Medicare Biogen Inc Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2023
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs and user fees for Federally-facilitated Exchanges and State-based Exchanges on the Federal platform, among other things. This proposed rule also seeks comments on how HHS can advance health equity through qualified health plan certification standards and in the individual and group health insurance markets, and how HHS might address plan choice overload in...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Most Favored Nation Model
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinding 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. This final rule is effective February 28, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 29, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Most Favored Nation Model
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinding 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. This final rule is effective 60 days after the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for December 29, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 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 reinstatement of the Independent Rural Health Clinic Cost Report. Comments are due by January 27, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Policy Issues, and Level II of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS); DME Interim Pricing in the CARES Act; Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule Adjustments To Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Rural Areas and Non-Contiguous Areas
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establishing methodologies for adjusting the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule amounts using information from the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program, among other things. Includes impacts on rural throughout. These regulations are effective February 28, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 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; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical corrections to theNovember 19, 2021, final rule. Corrections are effective January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals; Changes to Medicare Graduate Medical Education Payments for Teaching Hospitals; Changes to Organ Acquisition Payment Policies
Notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing provisions of the fiscal year 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule related to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and Medicare organ acquisition payment policies. This rule includes policies to distribute 1,000 new Medicare-funded physician residency slots to qualifying hospitals. This rule is effective February 25, 2022. Comments are due by February 25, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 27, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Biden Administration Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Georgia
The decision continued the administration ’s rollback of the Trump-era policy, targeting the only remaining state with federal approval for the requirements. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 24, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Cameron Tags: Georgia Medicaid Health Insurance and Managed Care Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services United States Politics and Government States (US) Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump, Donald J Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Requirements and Model Expansion; Home Health and Other Quality Reporting Program Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements; Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs; Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements; and COVID-19 Reporting Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical and typographical corrections to theNovember 9, 2021 final rule. Corrections are effective January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Policy Issues, and Level II of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System; etc.
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establishing methodologies for adjusting the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule amounts using information from the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program, among other things. Includes impacts on rural throughout. These regulations are effective 60 days after the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for December 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Policy Issues, and Level II of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System; etc.
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establishing methodologies for adjusting the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule amounts using information from the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program, among other things. Includes impacts on rural throughout. These regulations are effective 60 days after the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for December 28, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 22, 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) Quality Payment Program/Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); 2) Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program; and 3) the PACE Organization (PO) Monitoring and Audit Process in 42 CFR part 460. Comments are due by February 22, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 21, 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 comments on revisions to an information collection titled "Implementation of Medicare and Medicaid Programs; —Promoting Interoperability Programs (Stage 3) (CMS-10552)." CMS is requesting approval to collect information from eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and outlines changes to the program finalized in theAugust 13, 2021, final rule. Comments are due by January 20, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals; Changes to Medicare Graduate Medical Education Payments for Teaching Hospitals; Changes to Organ Acquisition Payment Policies
Pre-publication notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing provisions of the fiscal year 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule related to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and Medicare organ acquisition payment policies. This rule includes policies to distribute 1,000 new Medicare-funded physician residency slots to qualifying hospitals. Comments are due within 60 days of the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for December 27, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Delay of Effective Date for Provision Relating to Manufacturer Reporting of Multiple Best Prices Connected to a Value Based Purchasing Arrangement; Delay of Inclusion of Territories in Definition of States and United States; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theNovember 19, 2021, final rule. These corrections are effective December 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Funding 1,000 New Residency Slots for Hospitals Serving Rural & Underserved Communities
Announces funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support 1,000 new physician residency slots, prioritizing training programs in Heath Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), including rural areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 17, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Delay of Effective Date for Provision Relating to Manufacturer Reporting of Multiple Best Prices Connected to a Value Based Purchasing Arrangement; Delay of Inclusion of Territories in Definition of States and United States; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theNovember 19, 2021, final rule. These corrections are effective December 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 16, 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) Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS); and 2) Fiscal Soundness Reporting Requirements (FSRR). Comments are due by February 14, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 16, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Big Hospital Chains Drop Vaccine Mandates for Health Workers
With the federal requirement in limbo because of legal challenges, some major multistate hospital systems have stopped enforcing their own policies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Hospitals Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Labor and Jobs American Hospital Assn Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services HCA Healthcare Inc Intermountain Healthcare Cleveland Clinic Federation of American Hospitals Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, and End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making typographical corrections to theNovember 8, 2021, final rule. This correction is effective January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Here's How Philadelphia's Covid Mandate for Health Workers Worked
Federal officials point to the city ’s mandate as a success story and a shield against new Covid outbreaks at hospitals and nursing homes. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Hospitals Nursing Homes Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Philadelphia (Pa) Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program
Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application for continued recognition of the Joint Commission as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are by January 10, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 10, 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) Medicaid Drug Use Review (DUR) Program; 2) Supporting Statement for Essential Community Provider Data Collection to Support QHP Certification for PYs 2022-2024; and 3) The State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market Cycle I and II Grant Program Reporting. Comments are due by January 10, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How Nursing Homes ’ Worst Offenses Are Hidden From the Public
Thousands of problems identified by state inspectors were never publicly disclosed because of a secretive appeals process, a New York Times investigation found. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert Gebeloff, Katie Thomas and Jessica Silver-Greenberg Tags: Nursing Homes Elder Care Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Medicare Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Workplace Hazards and Violations 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) 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 January 5, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 6, 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 an information collection regarding the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. CMS launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to accelerate the transition to Medicare and non-Medicare alternative payment models by collaborating with a broad array of healthcare delivery stakeholders, identifying best practices in implementation, and monitoring the adoption of value-based alternative payment models across the U.S. healthcare system. Comments are due by February 4, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 6, 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; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making typographical corrections to theAugust 13, 2021, final rule and the relatedOctober 20, 2021, correcting amendment. Corrections are effective November 29, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish
Thousands of new cases have been reported among vulnerable elderly residents in the last several months, as the virulent Delta variant fuels outbreaks. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Abelson Tags: Nursing Homes Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Drugstores Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Elderly United States Politics and Government Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors
The federal government recently lifted most visitation restrictions at nursing homes. But concerns linger that a full reopening could leave residents vulnerable to another coronavirus surge. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Elderly Nursing Homes Elder Care Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services your-feed-science your-feed-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) Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services; 2) Continuation of Data Collection to Support QHP Certification and other Financial Management and Exchange Operations; 3) Notice of Rescission of Coverage and Disclosure Requirements for Patient Protection under the Affordable Care Act; and 4) Requirements Related to Surprise Billing: Qualifying Payment Amount, Notice and Consent, and Disclosure on Patient Protections Against Balance Billing, and State Law Opt-in. Comments are due by January 25, 2022. (S...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news