Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 08/06/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Board Votes Opposition to Question One
•  Watch for Next Issue of Maine Medicine
•  CMS Rule Changes Advance Price Transparency & EHR
•  Maine Reinsurance Program Gets 1332 Waiver
•  MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training
•  California Insurance Commissioner Opposes CVS-Aetna Merger
•  CMS Releases Proposed 2019 Medicare Payment Rule
•  Licensing Boards Discuss Nursing Home Exception to Opioid Requirements
•  Prescription Monitoring Program User Survey
•  Time to Volunteer for an MMA Committee
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Maine Quality Counts Offers Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment Course
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for August 21 in Brewer
•  17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23, 2018
•  Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October
•  Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
•  Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14th
•  Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute
•  Advanced Hanley Center Training Available for PELI and HLD Alumni
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
•  Behavioral Health Consultant
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Medical Board Physician
•  Medical Director/Family Practice Physician - Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
•  Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 

CMS Rule Changes Advance Price Transparency & EHR

Changes in the IPPS and LTCH PPS  final rule will advance price transparency and electronic health records. On August 2, CMS finalized a rule to empower patients and advance the White House MyHealthEData initiative and the CMS Patients Over Paperwork initiative.

 

[from CMS]

This final rule and others issued earlier this week will help improve access to hospital price information, give patients greater access to their health information and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

The IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule also updates geographic payment adjustments for IPPS hospitals. CMS looks forward to continuing to work on geographic payment disparities, particularly for rural hospitals, to the extent permitted under current law and appreciates responses to our request for public input on this issue. By allowing the imputed wage index floor to expire for all-urban states, CMS has begun the process of making geographic payments more equitable for rural hospitals.

In addition, CMS is updating the LTCH PPS standard federal payment rate by 1.35 percent. Overall, under the changes included in the final rule, CMS projects that LTCH PPS payments will increase by approximately 0.9 percent, or $39 million in FY 2019. In addition, CMS is finalizing the proposal to eliminate the 25 percent threshold policy in a budget neutral manner.

(read the text of the entire press release at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2018-Press-releases-items/2018-08-02.html )