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Sachs Policy Group provides regular briefings on policy developments and funding opportunities of interest to our clients. Below is a sample of recent updates covering state and federal legislation, regulatory changes, and funding opportunities. SPG walks through new threats and opportunities with clients as they arise.

VAPAP Transformation Plan Information

August 5, 2015
On July 21st, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) held an applicant conference/webcast on the Vital Access Provider Assurance Program (VAPAP) transformation plan. VAPAP applicants will work with corresponding Performing Provider System (PPS) leads and a Technical Assistance (TA) team to submit transformation plans to the State by August 31, 2015. The State ... ... Read More

Long-Term Care Proposed Rule

July 31, 2015
On July 13th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (which can be found here) for long-term care facilities. Unlike the annual Skilled Nursing Facility payment rule issued in April of this year, the newly released proposal modernizes conditions of participation for long-term care facilities, which had not been updated since ... ... Read More

Medicare Hip/Knee Bundles Proposed Rule

July 28, 2015
On July 9th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (which can be found here) to establish the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Model to test mandatory retrospective bundled Medicare payments for hip and knee replacements, referred to as lower extremity joint replacements (LEJRs). CMS proposes to begin this five-year ... ... Read More

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

July 27, 2015
On July 8th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (which can be found here) for the Calendar Year (CY) 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Provisions of the proposed rule include modifications to existing physician quality reporting programs including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Physician Value-Based Payment ... ... Read More

CMS CY16 Home Health Proposed Rule

July 22, 2015
On July 7th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (which can be found here) for the Calendar Year (CY) 2016 Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS). The proposed rule would update the payment rates for home health agencies (HHAs) for CY 2016 and aims to move the HH ... ... Read More