August Blog: CMS’s draft 2017 Physician Fee Schedule reaffirms that LTC Medicine remains misunderstood by regulators and the AMA.

This month’s blog is focused on the inconsistent regulatory environment faced by LTPAC Medicine in the 2017 draft CMS rules in MACRA/MIPS and the Physician Fee Schedule. These inconsistencies create economic challenges for the Medical professionals serving populations dwelling in LTC settings; equally important is the missed opportunity to incent a model of care that … 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

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