More on Medicare Payments
–Frontier counties (those with less than 5 people per square mile) are protected in reimbursements.
–A revision to skilled nursing facility payments is implemented.
–Certain providers will have a value-based purchasing program tested. This includes psychiatric hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation hospitals, cancer hospitals, and hospice programs.
–Physicians are required to continue their education or face Medicare cuts.
–Medication therapy management programs are to be included in Medicare Part D programs for certain patients.