Advanced Tissue Association News

House may take up telemedicine bill this week

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Dec 07, 2016

The House may consider telemedicine legislation this week that passed in the Senate last week. The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act calls for studying "technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models" used in palliative care, pain management, mental health and other clinical settings.

Trump finalizes choices for HHS, CMS leadership

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee and a former orthopedic surgeon, to serve as HHS secretary in the incoming administration, according to a transition team official. Trump has also chosen Seema Verma, an Indiana health policy consultant, as CMS administrator, a source said.

CMS releases list of quality measures for value-based care initiatives

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

A list of 97 quality measures to be considered for use in various Medicare value-based care purchasing programs has been published by the CMS in conjunction with the National Quality Forum. These measures will be applicable to major Medicare initiatives such as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the EHR Incentive Programs for hospitals and critical access hospitals, as well as to other patient safety and data reporting programs plus quality reporting projects for home health, psychiatric, hospice and rehabilitation facilities.

Ryan's ACA replacement outline might be a model for Trump

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2016

While President-elect Donald Trump has not yet provided specifics for his plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a 37-page outline in June that might serve as a model. The proposal would lift the mandate to purchase health insurance, retain some level of tax credits to assist consumers with costs, protect people with pre-existing conditions and prioritize high-deductible plans with health savings accounts.

OIG to continue focus on improper EHR incentive payments in 2017

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2016

The HHS Office of Inspector General "will review Medicare incentive payment data to identify payments to providers that should not have received incentive payment" and "assess CMS's plans to oversee incentive payments for the duration of the program and corrective actions taken regarding erroneous incentive payments," according to the agency's work plan for 2017. The agency will also evaluate the security of certified EHR technology and audit covered entities that have received these payments from the CMS, the work plan stated.

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