CBO releases score of Senate health bill

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act would result in 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 and cut $772 billion in federal spending from the Medicaid program from 2017-2026, according to an analysis released today by the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan federal agency that produces... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the “60% Rule” for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy’s “arbitrary access restrictions” for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying conditions. Commenting on the agency’s proposed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

AHA comments on proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities

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The AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system for fiscal year 2018. In the letter, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development, urged CMS to delay... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation

Tennessee federal court rejects CMS FAQs

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A U.S. District Court in Tennessee last week permanently barred the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from using FAQs 33 and 34 in calculating Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments for Tennessee hospitals. The Tennessee Hospital Association and several Tennessee hospitals challenged the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

GAO: GME residents still concentrated in the Northeast

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Residents in graduate medical education training remain concentrated in the Northeast and urban areas, despite some growth in other regions and rural areas between 2005 and 2015, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Requested by the chairmen of the House Ways and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

House committee holds hearing on extending CHIP funding

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a hearing on extending federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Without congressional action, federal funding for CHIP is set to expire Sept. 30. Witnesses at the hearing included representatives... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage

CMS: 16.7 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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More than 16.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, increasing total enrollment in the programs by more than 29% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a ... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

SAMHSA: Teen binge drinking down since 2010

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About 14% of 12-20 year olds reported binge drinking in 2012-2014, down from 16% in 2010-2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State-level estimates for 2012-2014 ranged from 11% in Utah to 21% in North Dakota, based on data from the National... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Behavioral health

CMS webinar Monday on proposed updates to MACRA QPP for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a June 26 webinar on the proposed rule updating requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule proposes key policies for the QPP’s 2018... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

Reminder: Comments on IRF, SNF proposed rules due Monday

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June 26 is the deadline to submit comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018. For more on the rules, see last month’s AHA Regulatory Advisories for members on the proposed IRF and SNF... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

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