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NAHC Report: Issue# 2208, 6/3/2013
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New Routine Use of CMS Systems of Record Afforded Health Plans
OIG: Early Hospital Discharge to Hospice Warrants Transfer Payment Policy: Medicare Could Save Millions
For Your Information: Deadline to Vote for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare Fast Approaching
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New Routine Use of CMS Systems of Record Afforded Health Plans

The May 29, 2013 Federal Register included a notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it will add twenty-three CMS systems of records “to assist in preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse.”

According to the notice, the new routine use will authorize CMS to disclose provider and beneficiary-identifiable records to representatives of health plans as defined by the Social Security Act. Included in the list, along with such systems of record as Fiscal Intermediary Shared System (FISS) and the Common Working File (CWF), are the Long Term Care MDS and the HHA Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS).

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Deadline to Vote for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare Fast Approaching

Voting is now open for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program, though the deadline of June 14 is fast approaching.

Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

People can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50 percent of the outcome - with the other 50 percent will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and the editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published in the August 26 issue.

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OIG: Early Hospital Discharge to Hospice Warrants Transfer Payment Policy: Medicare Could Save Millions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), in “Medicare could Save Millions by Implementing a Hospital Transfer Payment Policy for Early Discharges to Hospice Care," issued May 28, 2013, is recommending a regulatory or legislative change establishing a hospital transfer payment policy for early discharges to hospice care.

The OIG estimates that during calendar years (CYs) 2009 and 2010 Medicare could have saved over $600 million with such a policy in place.

Discharges from acute-care hospitals to hospice care increased 66 percent between CY2007 and CY2010 while Medicare hospital payments for services to beneficiaries discharged to hospice care increased 80 percent - from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion - over the same time period.

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