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Nursing Home Compare 5 Star Quality Reporting Updates

In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making several changes to the quality measure (QM) domain of the Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating System.
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CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY2017 Proposed Rule Released

Highlights of proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions.
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Payroll Based Journal

Electronic data submission through Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is required beginning in July for Long Term Care Facilities. PBJ checklist provided by AHCA. Information on upcoming Webinar sponsored by AHCA on Payroll Based Journal
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Quality Measures - Section GG

CMS hosting training for SNF Quality Reporting Program on June 21st and June 22nd.
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Medical Review and GAO

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Value Based Purchasing and Penalties

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Rehospitalization

Rehospitalization and SNFs
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OIG: Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations

The Office of Inspector General's 2016 Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations outlines 25 unimplemented recommendations the office says would help cut costs and improve quality among Department of Health & Human Services programs.
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Value Based HealthCare Transitions

With all the talk and momentum to move away from a Fee For Service healthcare model to a Value Based Payment model one can get lost and confused. The important thing to remember is that there is still time before one model replaces the other.
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Fixed Payments...the answer to healthcare savings?

CJR or Comprehensive Joint Replacement bundle implemented in January 2016 and enforced this month on April 1st has potential and the expectation to bring down health care costs.
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