2018 CMS Policy Preview: New Quality Measures, Possible Repeal of Therapy Caps & More 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT

Duration: 1 Hour | Cost: Free | Earn 1 CEU

2017 was a year of seismic policy and leadership changes within the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and 2018 is aligning to be much the same.  In just the past few months, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee has agreed to language that will enact several changes in 2018, including repeal of the longstanding Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap in favor of a new medical review of claims.  Additionally, a new round of quality measures has been mandated by the IMPACT Act, with aggressive timelines for data collection. 

The time to plan strategic positioning to meet these requirement in 2018, is now.  

 In this special installment of the IASC webinar series, join policy expert and experienced long-term care lobbyist, Cynthia Morton, as she checks in from Capitol Hill to bring us the latest update on CMS Policy direction for 2018.  Listen in as Cynthia outlines the changes to upcoming quality measures, projected data collection survey dates, and highlights of the potential new SNF Part A reimbursement model being considered. 

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize 2018 CMS Policy mandates and prospective legislation related to skilled nursing and assisted living operations
  • Describe the repeal the longstanding Part B Outpatient Therapy cap and the replacement medical review of claims program, including criteria for medical review and a continuing requirement for providers to use the KX modifier on the claim
  • Breakdown quality measures mandated by the IMPACT Act and when data collection could begin
  • Learn important issues in the near term including Part A reimbursement changes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could propose
  • Model the new Resident Classification System-1 (RCS-1) model, and how this could impact reimbursement into 2018



About the Speakers



Cynthia Morton
Executive Vice President
National Association for the Support of Long Term Care

Cynthia K. Morton, MPA, is a national expert on Medicaid, Medicare and other public policy affecting the long-term and an post-acute care sector. Currently, she serves as the Executive Vice President for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL), where she advocates for her members’ interests.

Prior to joining NASL, Cynthia served as the Vice President for Political Affairs for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). 


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Consultant Pharmacist and Chief Quality Officer

Nancy Losben is a Consultant Pharmacist and Chief Quality Officer for Omnicare, a CVS Health company, a pharmacy services provider serving over 2 million long term care admissions annually. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. A certified consultant pharmacist, Ms. Losben holds certificates in Gerontology and pharmacy regulations. She has lectured on topics including Use of the MDS by Long Term Care Pharmacists, Medication Safety and Error Prevention, Enteral Nutrition, Medicare Reimbursement, and Adult Immunization. 



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CEU Information

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