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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a one-page overview titled “COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Health Care Providers and Suppliers.” The one-pager gives an overview of the facilities and organizations that are required to participate in the vaccine mandate as well as guidance for meeting the standards and the enforcement process.

RCPA continues to engage with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Governor’s office on Pennsylvania specific recommendations and guidance as it relates to this mandate. We will continue to apprise members of any changes or state specific implications.

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On August 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule. In addition to the proposed changes to the amounts used to determine the Medicare payment rates, this proposed rule updates and refines the requirements for the hospital outpatient quality reporting program. Included in this proposed rule is a provision that would require inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and other hospitals to post certain payment information, which seeks to increase price transparency by requiring all hospitals in the United States to make hospital standard charges available to the public. It would also publish patients’ out-of-pocket costs for scheduled health care services. The rule also proposes to implement site-neutral payment rates for outpatient hospital physician visits that would align the payment amount for non-hospital physician visits. Comments on this proposed rule will be accepted through September 27, 2019. Contact Melissa Dehoff, RCPA Director of Rehabilitation Services, with questions.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital open door forum, scheduled for today at 2:00 pm, includes the topic of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) appeals settlement initiative.

To participate in this open door forum, please dial: 800-837-1935 and reference conference ID: 2818049. If you are unable to participate in the call today, an encore audio recording will be available beginning four hours after the original call has ended. To listen to the recording, dial: 855-859-2056 and reference conference ID: 2818049. This recording will expire after two business days.

Contact RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director Melissa Dehoff with questions.

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a special open door forum (SODF) that will provide information and solicit feedback on the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. Topics will include the goals of the IMPACT Act, RAND contract activities for item development (including pilot test results and plans for the upcoming national field test), and identifying opportunities for providers, consumers, stakeholders, researchers, and advocates to become involved over the next year. CMS welcomes questions, comments, and ideas from providers, patients, consumers, researchers, and advocates in advance or during the forum. Questions, comments, and ideas should be submitted via email. The presentation for the SODF is posted on the IMPACT Act Downloads and Videos web page.

To participate in the SODF, dial:
Conference ID: 66557294

A transcript and audio recording of this SODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website, and for downloading under the downloads section, as well as the IMPACT Act Downloads and Videos web page.

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In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new bundled payment models to shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals and clinicians to deliver better care to patients at a lower cost. These proposed new bundled payment models focus on heart attacks, heart bypass surgery, and hip fracture surgery, and would reward hospitals that work together with physicians and other providers to avoid complications, prevent hospital readmissions, and speed recovery. This proposal follows the implementation of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Model that began earlier this year which introduced bundled payments for certain hip and knee replacements.

CMS just released the second annual evaluation report for Models 2–4 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative, which include both retrospective and prospective bundled payments that may or may not include the acute inpatient hospital stay for a given episode of care. This report describes the characteristics of the participants and includes quantitative results from the first year of the initiative. Key highlights include:

  • 11 out of the 15 clinical episode groups analyzed showed potential savings to Medicare. Future evaluation reports will have more data to analyze individual clinical episodes within these and additional groups;
  • Orthopedic surgery under Model 2 hospitals showed statistically significant savings of $864 per episode while showing improved quality as indicated by beneficiary surveys. Beneficiaries who received their care at participating hospitals indicated that they had greater improvement after 90 days post-discharge in two mobility measures than beneficiaries treated at comparison hospitals; and
  • Cardiovascular surgery episodes under Model 2 hospitals did not show any savings yet but quality of care was preserved. Over the next year, we will have significantly more data available, enabling CMS to better estimate effects on costs and quality.