Rod Baird’s Recap of the AMDA 2016 Convention

This blog post covers the LTPAC Practice Management highlights from the American Medical Directors Association meeting in Orlando, FL during March 2016. For the first time in my 10+ years of participation, almost all of the pieces of the LTC and PAC puzzles were on display.They included: Major facility EHR vendors’ embrace of physician portals, including … Click to continue reading

2016 PQRS Reporting Strategy, Part 2

Last week, our blog post provided an annual overview of CMS approved Individual PQRS Measures for use by medical groups practicing in Nursing Facilities, Homecare, Assisted Living, and related places of service (click here to view last week’s post). This week, our blog post focuses on the PQRS reporting strategy for practices. We are only going to describe … Click to continue reading

LTPAC Medicine’s shabby treatment in the 2016 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule.

This post analyzes how regulatory changes embodied in the 2016 Fee Schedule affect LTPAC Medical Groups. The blog’s title is an accurate synopsis. Only those who believe suffering builds character will find comfort in 2016. Back in April, a Whitehouse press release celebrated the passage of MACRA (The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act): “At … Click to continue reading

Proposal to revise Dementia Measures Group

Proposal to revise Dementia Measures Group – Likely effective for performance year 2017 The American Academy of Neurology and the American Psychiatric Association are the developers of the Dementia Measures Group for PQRS reporting. They are proposing a major update to the Measures Group – replacing 3 and updating the other 6. We assume that … Click to continue reading

1st look – LTPAC Medicine’s 2014 Quality Reports: Sign posts for 2015 and 2016 PQRS reporting strategies.

The ICD-10 Doom’s Day passed; the sky did not fall.  Now it’s time to get back to the mundane world of managing LTC Medical Practices.  Each year, since 2012, CMS sends large medical groups the annual Quality Score Card for the prior year.  Starting this year, every group that billed Medicare Part B during 2014 … Click to continue reading

Navigating LTC Medicine’s Turbulent Waters

What strategies should LTPAC Medical Groups use as waves of change sweep through our environment?  These disruptions include major Mergers & Acquisitions, and market entry by new Acute Care based groups trying to manage patient risk under BPCI.  This Blog covers our current recommendations for assessing short & long term risks. Changes in LTC Medical … Click to continue reading

AMDA Live Webinar: The Pitfalls of EHRs

AMDA Live Webinar: The Pitfalls of EHRs June 16th @ 7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern Recording also available if you can’t participate in the live activity Here is a link to the webinar registration form http://www.amda.com/cmedirect/pitfalls-emrs.cfm Also, I’ve organized a presentation at AHIMA LTPAC HIT Summit – our talk in on Tuesday, June 23rd @ 8AM. … Click to continue reading