Washington Update – Week of 9.4.17

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 2:07 PM

Hurricane Harvey – Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers

For all agencies impacted by Hurricane Harvey, CMS has declared exemptions for certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs for those agencies affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Some Relief on the Way?

CMS has heard your voice and understands your concerns. CMS Administrator Seema Verma understands that EMR’s that were supposed to streamline and make agencies lives easier so you can spend more time on patient care is not occurring as projected. All the new paperwork requirements have added to the bureaucracy that exists within our government today. New payment models that were meant to increase interdisciplinary coordination has not occurred. Ms. Verma has indicated that “CMS is working on initiatives to ease the burden our government places on healthcare providers. Our agency must make it easier for them to focus on doing the work that patients and families need them to do without causing them to be subject to excessive regulatory and administrative burden.”

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Hospice QRP Data Specs Effective April 1, 2018 – Now Available

The final Hospice Item Set (HIS) that goes into effect on April 1, 2018 is now available.

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Special Open Door Forum: The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination

CMS will be hosting a special Open Door Forum focused on the Impact Act on Thursday September 28th between 2-3pm EST. This session will allow for Q&A and focus on the goals surrounding the Impact Act and update attendees on the RAND contract activities for item development.

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 Updated Health Insurance Map

CMS has recently issued the updated Health Insurance Map.

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August 30, 2017 

Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries  

2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today posted an update to the Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected issuer participation on the Health Insurance Exchanges in 2018 based on the known issuer public announcements through August 30, 2017. Participation is expected to fluctuate and does not represent actual Exchange application submissions.

It is projected that 1,476 counties – over 45 percent of counties nationwide – could have only one issuer in 2018. This could represent more than 2.6 million Exchange participants with only one health insurance option, which means they will not have any choices.

WHAT:      Health Insurance Exchange Issuer Participation for the 2018 Coverage Year

WHEN:    Wednesday, August 30th at 2:00PM EST

WHO:      Centers for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) 

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