The leaders of Hong Kong Government and Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong SAR; the presidium, directors, consultants and members of HCFA
; as well as other professionals in financial industry were invited to the event.
establishes the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a standardized definition of items assessing the quality of care of residents.
The court noted that Alacare offered no evidence that HCFA
had considered whether its minimum expensing policy for the home healthcare agencies would result in financial statements that clearly reflected income.
's Medicare files contain medical information on roughly 39.5 million elderly and disabled Americans.
reported that between 1993 and 1999 health spending nationally averaged increases of 0.5 percentage points less than the gross domestic product (GDP) as the shift to managed care and impacts on Medicare spending from the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 resulted in one-time savings.
In spite of this trend toward a "less-restrictive environment," however, HCFA
, based on a September '99 report from the General Accounting Office (GAO), acknowledges that children and adolescents with mental illnesses are more apt to be subject to restraint and seclusion measures, even more so than their adult counterparts.
, which is to be extensive reorganized by the new administration, runs Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
This article begins with an overview of HCFA
's strategy for measuring health care quality and also describes three key challenges the agency faces as it builds a sound infrastructure for assessing, assuring, and improving the quality of care furnished in all settings.
As part of the extended project (which has been approved for three years beginning July 1), HCFA
will continue paying the funds for providing comprehensive health care benefits to about 60,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
"While most beneficiaries still receive their health care through original fee-for-service Medicare, we welcome every opportunity to give seniors and people with disabilities alternative health plan choices," said HCFA
Administrator Nancy-Ann DeParle.
Especially perplexing to ASHP is HCFA
's proposed final rule on Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (COP).
did not deliberately set the HMO reimbursement rate too high.