Official NTOCC Comments

Review the official comments, letters and responses from the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC).

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CMS Announces Stage 2 Meaningful Use for Health IT Incentive Program

Posted on 8/28/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to govern “Stage 2” of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. As a reminder, in 2009, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, setting aside about $30 billion for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to qualifying doctors, eligible health care professionals and hospitals that adopt and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to drive improvements in care. Since the program began in January, 2011, more than 120,000 eligible health care professionals and more than 3,300 hospitals have qualified to participate in the program and receive an incentive payment.

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CMS Selects 17 Additional Sites for the Community Based Care Transitions Program

Posted on 8/20/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 17 additional participants in the Community-based Care Transitions Program. Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the CCTP provides funding to test models for improving care transitions for high risk Medicare patients by using services to manage patients’ transitions effectively.

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CMS Issues Final FY2013 Payment and Policy Changes for Acute and Long-Term Care Hospitals

Posted on 8/2/2012 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). As you may recall, NTOCC submitted formal comments to CMS in support of several proposed quality measures, and provided recommendations for enhancement.

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