Long-Term Care

Long-Term Care Headlines

  • Medicare announces participants in effort to improve access, quality of care in rural areas

    On August 4th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the participants in the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration, an effort to increase access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in areas of the country where access to health services can be limited because of distance from providers. Ten critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota will participate in the Demonstration, which begins this August. The FCHIP Demonstration is another example of how the Administration is working to ensure that Americans receive better care, spend our health care dollars more wisely, and have healthier people.

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  • SNFs: Final FY 2017 Payment and Policy Changes

    On July 29, CMS issued a final rule (CMS-1645-F) outlining FY 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS), the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), and the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. CMS projects that aggregate payments to SNFs will increase in FY 2017 by $920 million, or 2.4 percent, from payments in FY 2016. This estimated increase is attributable to a 2.7 percent market basket increase reduced by 0.3 percentage points, in accordance with the multifactor productivity adjustment required by law.

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    On July 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice updating fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS).

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  • IRF Quality Reporting Program Provider Training: August 9&10

    CMS is hosting a 2-day, in-person training event on August 9 and 10 for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting program (QRP) in Chicago, IL. This training is for IRF providers, associations, and organizations.

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  • SNF Readmission Measure: Top 10 Things You Should Know

    A new fact sheet is available for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Readmission Measure (SNFRM). The SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program ties portions of SNF payments to performance on this measure, which is calculated by assessing the risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions for Medicare Fee-For-Service SNF patients within 30 days of discharge from a prior proximal hospitalization.

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