Part 2: MIPS and VBP “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Apologies for describing these two CMS programs by using the words of Charles Dickens – but they fit exactly. The Best of Times – the CMS’s revisions to MACRA/MIPS regulations suspends the worst aspects of VBP and opens the door to avoiding all penalties for LTPAC Medicine in 2019, based on 2017 behavior. This is … Click to continue reading

MIPS and VBP – “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Apologies for describing these two CMS programs by using the words of Charles Dickens – but they fit exactly. The worst of times – Value Based Purchasing’s teeth bite into LTPAC Physician Groups’ 2017 and 2018 Medicare Pay Rates. Two weeks ago the CMS began issuing 2015 QRURs (Quality and Resource Use Reports) to all … Click to continue reading

Is there a SNFist Workforce?

By now most of the healthcare community is familiar with the term Hospitalist. It was first coined in 1996. The earliest use of the term SNFist seems to be in a 1999 NEJM article. The name refers to a Physician or other Medical Professional who specializes in treating the residents of LTPAC institutions. Many of … Click to continue reading