We have updated the Medicare Part-B rate calculation tool for final rates reflecting provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law in December 2013. The law allowed for a 0.5% average increase in Medicare payment rates and extended the 2% sequestration cut for all health care providers for another 2 years. Access to this tool requires login via My.LeadingAge.
CMS has revised the Interpretive Guidelines and as needed, Investigative Protocols for the following F Tags to incorporate survey and certification policy memos issued from October of 2003 through May of 2014.
Today’s voluntary payment models -- bundled payments, shared savings and accountable care organizations -- provide an opportunity for acute and post-acute care providers to work together to better manage care across the continuum. This shift from traditional fee-for-service to risk-based payment models requires effective alignment among acute and post-acute care providers.
A new report from the RAND Corporation provides a policy blueprint for improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for persons with dementia.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is beginning the next biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP). There is no doubt that many LeadingAge members will be part of the random, nationally representative sample of residential providers participating in the study. It is important that those selected to participate respond accordingly because each response in the sample is vital to capturing an accurate picture of residential care in the U.S.