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MHA Provides Analysis Of Potential Effect On Medicare's VBP On CAHs
CMS Releases Resources For PAC Providers
Medical Staff Meeting Management
10:30 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, Feb. 4
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act excluded critical access hospitals from the mandatory Medicare value-based purchasing program. However, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Secretary is required to develop a VBP demonstration program for CAHs. The demonstration has the potential to transform into an adoption of a mandatory VBP program for CAHs. The Missouri Hospital Association has made available an analysis of the potential effect of VBP on CAHs. The analysis estimates a VBP score, and projects the potential effect and performance trends as if a CAH were subject to the VBP program. MHA has posted the files to HIDI Analytic Advantage® for your review.
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Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new resources for post-acute providers. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument Training Manual V 1.4, which becomes effective Oct. 1, is available in the downloads section of the IRF PAI Web page. An MLN Connects video featuring Patrick Conway, Chief Medical Officer for CMS, discussing the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 also is available. A special open door forum call will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The call will provide information and solicit feedback on the IMPACT Act. Dial 800/837-1935 and enter passcode 17589814 to participate. CMS also is hosting a three-hour webinar at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, as a follow-up to the long-term care hospital quality reporting program training held in November 2015. Registration is required.
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