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Matt Buechner

Policy Associate Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

The notice contains state-specific FMAPs, used to determine the amount of federal matching funds for state Medicaid programs; and enhanced FMAPs, used to calculate federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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The agency released software that will help developers build applications for clinicians and their practices and make it easier for organizations to retrieve and maintain QPP measures using the Explore Measures section of the QPP website.

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Starting in 2017, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can train to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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The letter provides operational and technical guidance to issuers of qualified health plans through the federal health insurance marketplace for 2018.

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The proposed revisions would update requirements on patient safety and quality improvement, physician well-being, team-based care & resident work hours.

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These long-term HCBS services and supports are critical to ensure people can remain in their homes and communities as they receive treatment.

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The letter was signed by America's Essential Hospital and 20 other national organizations.

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The guide gives states information they need to develop actuarial rate certifications, such as benefit cost projections, pass-through payments, and risk mitigation strategies.

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Each year, APIC sponsors International Infection Prevention Week to highlight the importance of infection prevention in improving patient safety.

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Hospitals and eligible professionals now can register to submit National Health Care Survey data in 2017.

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Providers approved for a patient limit increase must report on caseload, patients referred to behavioral health care, and their diversion control plan.

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Hospitals eligible for the essential community providers list are participants in the 340B and DSH programs, critical access hospitals, and others.

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The webinar will focus on the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models proposed rule.

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The deadline for hospitals to amend their Medicare cost report Worksheet S-10 for fiscal year 2014 is Sept. 30.

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A per-capita cap would allow the federal government to limit Medicaid spending by allocating a specific amount of funding based on states' enrollees.

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CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt announced the reporting options providers have to ensure they do not face a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

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CMS is seeking feedback on how to help states implement innovative payment, care delivery models consistent with MACRA's proposed Quality Payment Program.

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The Accountable Health Communities Model aims to close a gap in the health care delivery system between clinical care and community services.

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Comments on the proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 are due by Oct. 6.

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Hospitals must complete recertification of their compliance with all requirements of the 340B program. Failure to do so results in removal from the program.

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ONC is requesting feedback particularly on interoperability as it relates to social determinants of health and collection of gender identity data.

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Hospitals and other providers generated more than $466 million in savings in 2015 through participation in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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CMS is concerned that some providers might steer Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible patients into individual market plans to get higher payments.

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Review contractors will be able to use coding specificity as the reason for an audit or a denial of a claim to the extent that they did before Oct. 1, 2015.

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Medicare Part D spending increased 17 percent, outpacing overall prescription drug spending increases, according to CMS data.

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The advanced primary care medical home model is aimed at strengthening primary care and reducing overall health care costs.

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Funding will support work related to CDC Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Several members of America’s Essential Hospitals are among the participants selected for the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.

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The agency analyzed how subsets of hospitals, including those defined as a safety net, performed in the overall hospital star rating system.

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The funds are intended for epidemiological surveillance and investigation, mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening of laboratory capacity.

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The report aims to identify social risk factors that affect beneficiaries' health outcomes and methods to account for these factors in payment programs.

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