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HHS to shift payment from volume to value

January 26, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Providers will be paid by the federal government based on care quality rather than care quantity under new, measurable goals announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Monday.

Care quality, coordination is focus of new ACO model

October 15, 2014  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A new model of accountable care organization will aim to improve care quality and coordination in rural and underserved areas through the use of health information technology.

CMS may require meaningful use-certified EHRs for chronic care services

July 9, 2014  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A new CMS proposed rule could bring the Meaningful Use EHR program to the realm of long-term care in a meaningful way.

LTPAC technology roadmap 2014-2016: It's all about getting connected

June 24, 2014  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Collaborative is putting the final touches on its 2014-2016 Roadmap for technology adoption in the long-term/post-acute industry this week, and it's about a lot more than electronic medical records.

Should pharmacists be considered providers?

April 11, 2014  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Social Security Act says that pharmacists aren't providers. But many in the healthcare industry are now saying the expanded role of pharmacists, especially in long-term care, deserves another look.

BREAKING: Kathleen Sebelius to resign as HHS Secretary

April 10, 2014  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics

In late-breaking news Thursday, Kathleen Sebelius is expected to resign as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

CMS boosts Medicare Advantage reimbursements for 2015

April 7, 2014  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues several changes to 2015 pay rates amid pressure from the insurance industry.

Congress, LTC industry deliver bill to standardize post-acute care services

March 28, 2014  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The draft legislation is here. But how much “IMPACT” would the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 have?

SGR 'doc fix' bill could delay ICD-10 by a year

March 26, 2014  |  Gabriel Perna, Senior Editor, Healthcare Informatics

A bill up for vote this week could extend the current "doc fix" and could delay the ICD-10 implementation deadlines for a year.

Acute and post-acute care unite

March 21, 2014  |  Kevin R. McMahon, MPA, LNHA

From courtship to a permanent union, hospitals and long-term care facilities have a lot to gain by working together. A look at the evolution of the AC/PAC relationship.

Helping Prepare LTPAC Organizations for ACO Participation - A Video Series

March 14, 2014  |  Adam Armstrong

In this three part video series, brought to you by Matrixcare, LTPAC industry luminaries John Derr, Principal of JD & Associates Enterprises, and John Damgaard, President and CEO of MDI Achieve, discuss the infrastructure, processes, and requirements...

Obama's FY15 budget proposal: What's in it for long-term care?

March 5, 2014  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

President Obama’s budget for 2015 focuses heavily on healthcare, offering new funding for some and deeper cuts for others.


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