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21st Century Cures Act Passes Unanimously

On May 21st, the House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee unanimously passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill's sponsors say that the “21st Century Cures Act will help to modernize and personalize health care, encourage greater innovation, support research and streamline the system to deliver better, faster cures to more patients.”
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Open Door Forum: Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program Summarized

The legislative basis for SNF VBP Program exists in Section 215 of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (PAMA), enacted on April 1, 2014, added subsections (g) and (h) to Section 1888 of the Social Security Act.
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AHCA Reflects on 2014 Achievements

AHCA reflects on 2014 and the challenges and hot buttons for LTC and how AHCA and its member hit them head on.
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FY 2016 Medicare SNF PPS Rate Calculator Available

AHCA has developed a Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) rate calculator​ to assist members in examining and estimating the impact of payment changes to SNF PPS rates.
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ACHA Reveals Payment Reform Initiative

AHCA has proposed payment reform that catapults LTC providers beyond traditional Fee For Service Payment models.
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CMS "bends" the rules...

The CMS, in an effort to encourage and strengthen ACOs, gave more flexibility to existing rules. The CMS believes these rule improvements will “strengthen our ability to reward better care and lay the groundwork for more providers to become successful ACOs.”
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AHCA Reveals New and Updated Quality Metrics

AHCA continues to put forth solutions and quality metrics to guide Long Term Care towards measurable quality improvement.
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Audits, Surveys, and Scrutiny Oh My!

HIPPA compliance audits to resume for a second round very soon but no exact date known. Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) expects to single out only around 110 providers.
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