Use safety when viewing solar eclipse

Excitement is building for the much-anticipated total solar eclipse that will be passing over the United States on Monday August 21st, between 1:00pm –...

Hospice Compare goes live

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Hospice Compare this week. The data published on the site represents data collected from October...
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Explanation of special status calculation for Quality Payment Program (QPP)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced new information on qpp.cms.gov that indicates whether clinicians have “special status” which would allow...

Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark available in South Dakota

Did you know your zip code could impact your health more than your genetic code? When it comes to overall health — zip code...
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CMS launches quality website for doctors and other clinicians in rural areas

CMS recently launched a new section on the Quality Payment Program dedicated to doctors and other clinicians working in small or rural practices as...

New antimicrobial stewardship resource for critical access hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new antimicrobial stewardship resource for small and Critical Access Hospitals that was guided by providers in...
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CMS posts Hospice and Home Health QRP training materials

CMS has posted post-training materials (with answers to polling questions) from the April 25 Hospice Data Submission and Reporting and from the May 3-4 Home Health QRP Provider Training in Baltimore.
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CMS posts documents from May 2 SNF, LTCH, IRF quality reporting webinar

As promised, CMS has posted the recording, post-training materials and question and answer (Q&A) documents of the May 2 webinar explaining the Review and Correct process for the SNF, LTCH and IRF Quality Reporting Programs. The materials provide helpful information to providers on where to find the necessary reports within the CASPER system in order to make any necessary corrections prior to the quality reporting deadlines.
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SD Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Annual Partners Meeting set for July 26

The South Dakota Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Annual Partners Meeting is set for Wednesday, July 26 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. This year’s theme is Bridging Healthcare & Community, and the meeting will feature keynote speakers Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH and Ann Forburger, MS.
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CMS sending out MIPS participation status letters

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, part of the new Quality Payment Program.