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Breakthrough Devices: CMS Removes Hurdles and Increases Payments for New Technology Add-On Payments Under the IPPS Final Rule

Breakthrough Devices: CMS Removes Hurdles and Increases Payments for New Technology Add-On Payments Under the IPPS Final Rule

Hospitals and medical device manufacturers will both benefit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) finalization of the 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule (“Final Rule”) scheduled to be published on August 16, 2019.  In an effort to increase Medicare beneficiaries’ access to innovative medical technologies, CMS has finalized certain changes to the “new technology add-on payment” “(NTAP) application and payment processes under the Final Rule. This change is likely to encourage hospital adoption of new technologies, which is intended to spur innovation and additional investment in these technologies.

New CMS Innovation Models: Primary Care First and Direct Contracting

New CMS Innovation Models: Primary Care First and Direct Contracting

In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new set of payment models meant to allow primary care providers deliver better care at a lower cost to their patients by removing unneccessary administrative and adjust payouts from procedures to outcomes.

Practice Agreement Requirements for Virginia Nurse Practitioners

Practice Agreement Requirements for Virginia Nurse Practitioners

In Virginia (and in many other states), NPs who do not have an autonomous practice must practice under the direct supervision of a physician as part of a patient care team, pursuant to what is called a “Practice Agreement,” or, “Collaborative Practice Agreement.” A Practice Agreement is an agreement between an NP and the NP’s supervising physician that describes the relationship between the parties, including the procedures to be followed and acts to be performed by the NP in the course of providing care to patients.