From the Compliance Desk - 7/13/16

Revamping Medicare Could Reduce Spending

Advance Healthcare Network | July 8, 2016

Revamping traditional Medicare’s benefit design and restricting “first-dollar” supplemental coverage could reduce federal spending, simplify cost sharing, protect against high medical costs, decrease out-of-pocket spending for many beneficiaries, and provide more help to those with low incomes—but would be unlikely to achieve all of these goals simultaneously, finds a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation noted in a press release. Read more

SNF care coordination, 3-day stay rule targeted in 2017 doc fee schedule

McKnight’s |July 10, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for calendar 2017, and it includes significant aspects for care transition management and the skilled nursing 3-day stay waiver. Read more

Obama signals ‘full speed ahead’ for value-based payments

McKnight’s |July 12, 2016

The Obama administration’s goal to have half of all Medicare payments delivered through alternative payment models by 2018 gets top billing in a healthcare roadmap for lawmakers writen by the president himself. Read more

Discharge instructions may equal confusion

McKnight’s | July 12, 2016

You’ve got a post-acute patient getting ready to return to the community. You feel you are prepred. After all, you have created written discharge instructions for most common post-acute admission diagnosis: post-hip replacement, post COPD exacerbation, new diabetic, etc. Read more