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  • October 2014 Average Sales Price Files Now Available
    CMS has posted the October 2014 Average Sales Price (ASP) and Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) pricing files and crosswalks. All are available for download on the 2014 ASP Drug Pricing Files web page.
  • Upcoming CMS MLN Connects™ National Provider Calls
    For a description of a call, or to register, visit MLN Connects Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.
    • Thursday, October 9; 1:30-3:00 PM ET: Hospital Appeals Settlement Update
    • Wednesday, November 5; 1:30-3:00 PM ET: Transitioning to ICD-10
    • Tuesday, December 9; 1:30-3:00 PM ET: National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
  • Encore of QIO Program Provider Update Call - Tuesday July  29, 2PM ET
    Thank you for your interest in the July 23rd  Quality Improvement (QIO) Program Provider Update Call. Regrettably, our system was not adequately equipped for the overwhelming response to the call and we experienced a number of technical challenges delaying the event.  As such, we are hosting a live encore presentation of the webinar, on Tuesday, July 29th at 2pm ET. This call will include a question & answer session, and will be recorded and made available for sharing and playback after the live event.Participants must register in advance of the event. To register, please click here:
  • CMS Launches Next Phase of New Quality Improvement Program 

    On July 18, CMS awarded additional contracts as part of a restructuring of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program to create a new approach to improve care for beneficiaries, families and caregivers. QIOs are private, mostly not-for-profit organizations staffed by doctors and other health care professionals trained to review medical care and help beneficiaries with complaints about the quality of care and to implement improvements in the quality of care available throughout the spectrum of care. The new contracts being awarded to fourteen organizations represent the second phase of QIO restructuring. The awardees will work with providers and communities across the country on data-driven quality initiatives. These QIOs will be known as Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-QIOs. 

    QIN-QIO projects will be based in communities, health care facilities and clinical practices. They will drive quality by providing technical assistance, convening learning and action networks for sharing best practices, collecting and analyzing data for improvement. HHS National Quality Strategy (NQS) and the CMS Quality Strategy provide the framework for the contracts along with the companion, recommendations, and priorities.

    Specifically, each QIN-QIO will work on strategic initiatives such as reducing healthcare associated infections, reducing readmissions and medication errors, working with nursing homes to improve care for residents, supporting clinical practices in using interoperable health information technology to enable the exchange of essential health information to improve the coordination of care, promoting prevention activities, reducing cardiac disease and diabetes, reducing health care disparities and improving patient and family engagement. QIN-QIOs will also provide technical assistance for improvement in CMS value based purchasing programs, including the physician value based modifier program.

    As a result of the changes, some hospitals and providers will now work with a different QIO than in the past. The new QIN-QIO contracts were competitively awarded. The restructured program will continue to ensure that the entire country participates in strategic initiatives and that local practices are considered. The first phase of the restructuring – which CMS announced on May 9, 2014 –allows two Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care (BFCC) QIO contractors to perform the program’s case review and monitoring activities separate from the quality improvement activities performed by QIN-QIOs. CMS will introduce the program changes with the beginning of its five year, 11th Statement of Work – the QIO contracts cycle – on August 1, 2014.

    Full text of this excerpted CMS press release (issued July 18) and information on the QIN-QIO awarded contracts. 

  • On and After April 1, 2014, Medicare Will Accept Only the Revised CMS 1500 Claim Form (02/12)
    Medicare began accepting claims submitted on the revised CMS 1500 claim form (02/12) on January 6, 2014. Medicare will continue to accept claims submitted on the old CMS 1500 claim form (08/05) through March 31, 2014.However, on April 1, 2014, Medicare will accept professional and supplier paper claims on only the revised CMS 1500 claim form (02/12). On and after April 1, 2014, Medicare will not accept claims on the old CMS 1500 claim form (08/05). More information is available in the March 20 eNews.
  • Hospital Inpatient Admission Order and Certification; 2 Midnight Benchmark for Inpatient Hospital Admissions: CMS-1599-F Final Rule
    Feedback and questions on the two midnight provision for admission and medical review can be sent to
  • 2013 Claim Denials Due to Beneficiary Incarceration Status
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