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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2611, 2/26/2015
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CMS Holds Open Door Forum on Implementation of the IMPACT Act
MedPAC Discusses Inclusion of Hospice in Post-Hospital “Transfer” Policy
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CMS Holds Open Door Forum on Implementation of the IMPACT Act

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) call to introduce its plans for implementing the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The IMPACT Act was passed on September 18, 2014 and signed into law by President Obama.

The IMPACT Act, in general, states that the Secretary shall require the submission of standardized clinical assessment data - with domains as specified - using assessments submitted to CMS by Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCH), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Home Health Agencies (HHA) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF). It further requires the submission of standardized data using such assessments for use the quality measures for which the Act specifies five domains. Additionally, the law requires that standardized data be submitted on measures related to resource use, and other categories.

The IMPACT Act stipulates that the standardized data must be interoperable to allow for the exchange of data using common standards and definitions, the facilitation of care coordination, and improvement in Medicare beneficiary outcomes. Further, post acute care (PAC) assessment instruments must be modified to enable the submission of standardized data and to compare data across all applicable providers.

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CMS Timeframe for Reporting and Return of Overpayments

Section 1128J(d)(2) of the Affordable Care Act requires that an overpayment be reported and returned by the later of:

(A) The date which is 60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified; or

(B) The date any corresponding cost report is due, if applicable.

Section 1128J(d)(3) of the Act specifies that any overpayment retained by a person after the deadline for reporting and returning an overpayment is an obligation - as defined in 31 U.S.C. 3729(b)(3)) - for purposes of 31 U.S.C. 3729.

In the February 16, 2012 Federal Register (77 FR 9179), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would implement the provisions of section 1128J(d) of the Act for Medicare Parts A and B providers. That proposed rule, however, has not been finalized.

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Last Week to Secure NAHC’s Special Hotel Rate for the March on Washington
The Mayflower Hotel is completely booked for Tuesday, March 24, but rooms are available through the NAHC room block for all other nights of the conference.

This is the last week to secure NAHC’s special room rate for the March on Washington.

The March on Washington is being held March 22 – 25 at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

To book hotel rooms online, click Online Reservations.

To call reservations toll free: 1-877-212-5752

*When making hotel reservations, please tell the agent that you are with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice March on Washington Room Block.

To register to attend the March on Washington, please click here.

To learn more about this year’s March on Washington, please click here.

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