NMC Mailings to WA, ID, MT

CMS has begun mailing New Medicare Cards to beneficiaries in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.  Mailings are already complete to California, Oregon, and Alaska.  For more information see:

~11/20 CMS Proposed Rule on Regulatory Reduction

CMS is seeking public comment on a Proposed Rule for Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction.  Comments will be due sixty days after the Proposed Rule is published in the Federal Register, probably around November 20, 2018.  A pre-publication copy of the Proposed Rule can be found at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-19599.pdf.  A quick and not exhaustive scan of the Proposal finds matters relevant to Transplant Centers at p.13, pp.69ff, 129ff, 183ff, 243ff, and 274ff, and matters relevant to Dialysis Facilities at pp.85-86, p.101, pp.104ff, 110-111, 142ff, 203ff, 217ff, and 281ff.

9/27 CW September Newsletter

CROWNWeb has published their September 2018 Newsletter, which you can find at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/September_Newsletter_Version_2.4_508.pdf.  It features articles on:

  • The August Town Hall and the PY2019 QIP Review Period (which has been extended through September 19, 2018)
  • EQRS Attestation and Clinical Depression Feedback, including the announcement that the September 27 CROWNWeb Town Hall will feature a discussion of the Human-Centered-Design methodology being used to integrate user feedback into the expansion of EQRS functionality.
  • The Clinical FAQ section (on lab value reporting when modality changes) and a table of Clinical Closure dates

We’ve already announced the September 11, 2018 CROWNWeb New User Training.  You can stay up to date on these via the Virtual Training Calendar at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/September_Newsletter_Version_2.4_508.pdf.

New HIPAA Fact Sheet

CMS has published a new Fact Sheet on Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information, a six-page summary of the major provisions of HIPAA, with extensive links to additional resources.  Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/MLN-Publications-Items/CMS1243325.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLFilter=Medical%20privacy&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending.

QIP 8/14 Call Recordings

CMS has announced the availability of an audio recording and transcript of the August 14, 2018 conference call on changes to the ESRD QIP proposed in the CY 2019 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule.  For information on the August 14 call see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/8-14-cms-call-re-cy2019-proposed-rule/.  For the audio recording and transcript see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2018-08-30-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc523298211.