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Medicare
Background
News

Medicare (Title XVIII) is the federal health insurance program that provides protection to persons 65 years of age and over and to persons eligible for Social Security Disability payments for more than two years.

 

NAPHS advocates on a variety of issues related to Medicare, including:


 

4/17/2014

CMS release: First public reporting of quality measures from inpatient psychiatric facilities launched on Hospital Compare

4/16/2014

CMS proposed rule: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities"

4/14/2014

CMS MedLearn Matters: "Termination of the Common Working File ELGA, ELGH, HIQA, HIQH, and HUQA Part A Provider Queries (Revised MM 8248)"

3/31/2014

NAPHS comment letter to CMS proposed rule on "Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers"

3/10/2014

2014 Advocacy Priorities: 1) End discrimination (modify the Medicaid IMD exclusion); 2) Fix gaps (support H.R.3717); 3) Support Medicare/Medicaid funding for health information technology.

3/5/2014

NAPHS comment letter on "Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs"

2/18/2014

CMS: Recent updates on the Recovery Audit (RAC) Program. Also see 5 changes to the RAC in response to industry feedback.

2/4/2014

Senate Finance Committee "Summary and Overview of Mental Health Recommendations" received in response to their 8.1.13 Open Letter seeking input on how to improve the US mental health system.

1/10/2014

CMS proposed rule: "Medicare Program; Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs"

12/27/2013

CMS proposed rule: “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers”. (Comment deadline extended to 3.31.14)

12/19/2013

MedPAC/MACPAC data book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (with demographic, expenditure, and healthcare utilization information)

12/10/2013

CMS final rule on Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (including CY14 partial hospitalization rates).  See pages 75045-75054.

12/2/2013

Order a recording of a special training call on "Reporting SUB-1 (Alcohol Use Screening) in the IPFQR." Also download materials (files are large; please allow time for each to open): 1) Joint Commission PowerPoint; 2) Michael Miller, M.D., PowerPoint; 3) Eric Goplerud PowerPoint; 4) SBIRT Mentor brochure. Also see 5) the Telligen IPFQR newsletterAfter the training, please complete 6) an online evaluation.

11/27/2013

Updated FAQs on "Medicare 2013 Claim Denials Due to Beneficiary Incarceration Status"

11/19/2013

CMS: Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting (IPFQR) Quarterly Newsletter (Vol.1.No.1)

10/30/2013

CMS notice: "Medicare Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts for CY 2014

10/30/2013

CMS notice: "Medicare Part A Premiums for CY 2014 for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement"

10/30/2013

CMS notice: "Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rate, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2014"

10/29/2013

CMS final rule: "Medicare Program: Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for Community Mental Health Centers"

9/30/2013

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) comment letter responding to Senate Finance Committee open letter seeking input on how to improve the US mental health system

9/20/2013

NAPHS comment letter responding to Senate Finance Committee open letter seeking input on how to improve the US mental health system

9/2/2013

Revised Medicare Learning Network publication on "Mental Health Services" (ICN 903195) [View]

8/27/2013

Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters article (MM8395): “Update-Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

8/23/2013

AMA letter to CMS: On Incarcerated Beneficiary Claim Denial

8/22/2013

NAPHS comment letter on proposed Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system/partial hospitalization program (OPPS/PHP) rates for CY14

8/19/2013

CMS final rules: "Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals...and FY2014 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; ....etc."  (See pages 50887-50901 for IPF quality reporting section.)

8/15/2013

CMS extends the IPFQR Notice of Participation submission deadline to August 23, 2013

8/1/2013

CMS Notice: "Medicare Program; Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System - Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2013 (FY 2014)." 

7/29/2013

OIG report: "Hospitals' Use of Observation Stays and Short Inpatient Stays for Medicare Beneficiaries"

7/19/2013

CMS proposed rule on the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system/partial hospitalization program (OPPS/PHP) rates for CY14. Also see 9.6.13 correction.

6/24/2013

NAPHS comment letter to CMS: "Medicare: ....Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers (CMS-1599-P)"

6/7/2013

CMCS-MMCO-CM Informational Bulletin:  "Payment of Medicare Cost Sharing for Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs)." Tells states that they “have a legal obligation to reimburse providers for any Medicare cost sharing due for QMBs according to the state’s CMS-approved Medicare cost-sharing payment methodology.” 

5/23/2013

CMS final rule: "Medicare: Medical Loss Ratio Requirements for the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs."  Also see 7.22.13 correction.

5/13/2013

NAPHS releases first study to examine readmissions within the Medicare Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS). View news release and study.

5/8/2013

OIG guidance: "Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Programs."  Also see 5/9/13 Federal Register.

2/26/2013

Joint statement from NAMI and NAPHS on the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit. Presented to the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee hearing "Examining Traditional Medicare's Benefit Design."

2/26/2013

NAPHS comment letter to OIG on "Solicitation of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts"

2/7/2013

CMS proposed rule: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Part II--Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction" (including proposed changes in medical staff requirements)

1/14/2013

OIG Report: "Vulnerabilities in CMS's and Contractors' Activities To Detect and Deter Fraud in Community Mental Health Centers" (OEI-04-11-00101) 

11/15/2012

CMS final rule with comment period: "CMS-1589-FC: Medicare: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System..." (including CY13 partial hospitalization rates, pages 68404-68418).

11/13/2012

NAPHS Action Alert: Tell Congress to support behavioral health as fiscal cliff solutions are discussed lock icon

9/5/2012

CMS final rule setting compliance deadline for converting to the ICD-10 system as October 1, 2014.  Also see 10.4.12 corrections

8/23/2012

NAPHS comment letter on proposed Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system/partial hospitalization program (OPPS/PHP) rates for CY13 [View]

8/21/2012

OIG report on "Questionable Billing by Community Mental Health Centers" [View]

8/17/2012

Medicare Learning Matters (MM8000): "Update: Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) Fiscal Year 2013" [View]

8/7/2012

CMS notice: "Medicare Program: Inpatient Psychiatric Prospective Payment System; Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2012" [View]

8/2/2012

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) ad on demonstration programs for dual-eligibles (as seen in Politico): "Living with mental and addictive disorders is hard enough...don't make it worse for us" [View]

7/18/2012

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) release: "Mental health groups raise concerns about the current structure of dual-eligible demonstrations." Also see a MHLG letter to the Senate Special Committee on Aging

6/25/2012

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on psychiatric inpatient quality reporting measures [View]

6/6/2012

Mental Health Liaison Group letter to CMS on concerns related to dual-eligible demonstrations as they impact individuals with mental illness [View]

6/1/2012

MedPAC chapter (Section 6) on specialty inpatient psychiatric facilities (from A Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program) [View]

6/1/2012

MedPAC Chapter 3 on dual eligibles (from A Data Book: Health care spending and the Medicare Program)

5/24/2012

Kaiser Commission on Medicaid & the Uninsured: "Geographic Variation in Dual-Eligible Enrollment" (by state) [View]

5/22/2012

CMS final decisions on the recommendations of the Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel on supervision levels for select services (also see 5/18/12 NAPHS comment letter) [View]

5/16/2012

CMS final rule: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Reform of Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation" [View]

5/16/2012

CMS final rule: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction" [View]

5/11/2012

CMS proposed rule on psychiatric inpatient quality reporting measures. See pages 28105-28116 in "Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient PPS for Acute Care Hospitals and Long-Term Care Hospital PPS and FY13 Rates; Hospitals' Resident Caps for Graduate Medical Education Payment Purposes; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers and for Ambulatory Surgical Centers" [View]

4/27/2012

CMS final rule: "Medicare & Medicaid: Changes in Provider and Supplier Enrollment, Ordering and Referring, and Documentation Requirements; and Changes in Provider Agreements" (including use of NPI) [View]

3/19/2012

NAPHS comment letter and position paper on dual-eligible demonstrations sent to CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (in response to request for feedback on Massachusetts dual-eligible demonstration). [NOTE: Check periodically online to view additional state demonstrations as they become available for comment.]

2/27/2012

NAPHS comment letter to HHS OIG on "Solicition of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts" with recommendations on complimentary transportation [View]

2/16/2012

CMS proposed rule: "Medicare Program: Reporting and Returning of Overpayments." Also see 2/14/12 CMS release: "Affordable Care Act Gives CMS New Authority To Recover Overpayments From Providers and Suppliers More Quickly"

1/10/2012

HHS interim final rule: "Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Standards for Health Care Electronic Funds Transfer (EFTs) and Remittance Advice" [View]

12/29/2011

MedLearn Matters article (MM7672): January 2012 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System [View]

12/21/2011

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on proposed rule on "Reform of Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation" [View]

11/1/2011

Medicare Learning Network Fact Sheet: "Substance (other than tobacco) abuse structured assessment and brief intervention (SBIRT) services" [View]

10/11/2011

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Report on "Refocusing Responsibility for Dual Eligibles: Why Medicare Should Take the Lead"

10/1/2011

OIG Report (OEI-01-08-00590): "Adverse Events in Hospitals: Medicare's Responses to Alleged Serious Events" [View]

8/15/2011

NAPHS statement on introduction of H.R.2783, the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (to eliminate 190-day lifetime limit). Also see Mental Health Liaison Group letter of support for H.R.2783 (56 organizations).

8/11/2011

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on proposed rule on Conditions of Participation for community mental health centers (CMHCs)

8/5/2011

Final rule: "Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehab Facility PPS for Federal FY12; Changes in Size and Square Footage of Inpatient Rehabilitation Units and Inpatient Psychiatric Units" [View]

7/11/2011

NAPHS comment letter: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Opportunities for Alignment Under Medicaid and Medicare" [View]

7/5/2011

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on proposed rule: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Influenza Vaccination Standard for Certain Participating Providers and Suppliers" [View]

5/5/2011

Final rule: Medicare & Medicaid: Changes Affecting Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation: Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging [View]

4/29/2011

Proposed rule: Medicare program: Changes in size and square footage of inpatient rehab units and inpatient psychiatric units (see p. 24251-2) [View]

2/23/2011

NAPHS statement on introduction of S.374, the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act [View]

2/14/2011

MedLearn Matters article (MM7072): Implementation of Edits for the Emergency Department Adjustment Policy under the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System [View]

11/19/2010

Federal Register: Final rule: "Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Changes to the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation to Ensure Visitation Rights for All Patients" [View]

9/21/2010

NAPHS statement: On introduction of H.R.6143, the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (to eliminiate the 190-day lifetime limit) [View]

7/29/2010

MedLearn Matters: Implementation of the Interrupted Stay Policy Under the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment Systems (IPF PPS) -- (CR)#: 7044 [View]

7/13/2010

CMS MedLearn Matters (SE1024): "RAC Demonstration High-Risk Vulnerabilities: No Documentation or Insufficient Documentation Submitted" [View]

6/1/2010

MedLearn Matters Special Edition Article (SE1020): "Reminder to Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities to Use Source of Admission Code D for Patient Transfers within the Same Facility" [View]

5/28/2010

CMS clarifies outpatient supervision policy (Transmittal 128) [View]

5/19/2010

OIG "Nationwide Review of Medicare Part A Emergency Department Adjustments for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities During Calendar Years 2006 and 2007" (A-01-09-00504) [View]

5/4/2010

OIG "Nationwide Review of Medicare Payments for Interrupted Stays at Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities for CYs 06 and 07" (A-01-09-00508) [View]

12/3/2009

CMS announces limits on the number of medical records that may be requested by recovery audit contractors [View]

11/1/2008

CMS on "Preparing for a Transition from an FI/Carrier to a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)" [View]

6/18/2008

CMS email on 8 "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) on Medicare billing/payment policy on psychological and neuropsychological tests billed under the CPT code range 96101-96125 when performed by technicians, computers, physicians, clinical psychologists, independently practicing psychologists, and other eligible qualified nonphysician practitioners. The FAQs also address situations where more than one of these testing codes can be billed for services furnished to the same patient. [View]

4/15/2008

OIG Open Letter to Health Care Providers refining the requirements of the OIG Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol under which healthcare providers can voluntarily report fraudulent conduct affecting Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal healthcare programs.

11/14/2007

NAPHS letter to CMS regarding initial surveys for new Medicare providers [View]

11/27/2006

"Hospital Conditions of Participation: Requirements for History and Physical Examinations; Authentication of Verbal Orders; Securing Medications; and Postanesthesia Evalutions (CMS-3122-F)."

8/28/2006

CMS email on "Admissions to an IPF" (Are substance abuse treatment services covered in an IPF?) [View]

1/1/2006

CMS changes its online links to information about inpatient psychiatric PPS. Update your "favorites" or bookmarks to go to http://www.cms.gov/InpatientPsychFacilPPS/01_overview.asp for links to information about the IPPPS. [View]

11/15/2004

The FINAL RULE on Medicare's move to an inpatient psychiatric prospective payment system is in the November 15, 2004, Federal Register. [View]

1/1/1990

RECURRING:  CMS Web site on RACs (Recovery Audit Programs).

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