From the Compliance Desk - 9/16/15

Our compliance expert scours the news to send you the best links of the week:

The Knee Bone, Connected To The Five-Star, Provider Nation | September 9, 2015

Good morning, ProviderNation. The fine folks at AHCA have a few thoughts on a federal proposal to bundle Medicare payments for knee and hip replacements. Read more

Tai Chi for Seniors: Achieving Better Balance, McKnight’s Senior Living | September 9, 2015

Tai Chi, known as “meditation in motion,” isn’t just for 20-something-year-olds looking to improve strength, balance and personal Zen. Read more

MedPAC Starts Work on Model to Alter Post-Acute Care Pay, Modern Healthcare | September 10, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Thursday started the complex work of balancing quality of patient care with building a prototype that may change how Medicare reimburses skilled-nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term-care hospitals. Read more

Hip and Knee Bundled Payment Test Could Be DOA Without Major Changes, Modern Healthcare | September 11, 2015

The five-year program would begin Jan. 1. Nearly 300 comments on the proposal were received before the deadline last week. A leading concern was that it was mandatory, which groups said would prevent providers from tailoring care to their patient population and could result in less accurate payments. Read more

MedPAC Begins Work on Post-Acute Pay Prototype, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living |September 13, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission started work last week on creating a unified payment model that could change the way post-acute care providers receive Medicare reimbursements. Read more