Webinar Friday on new payment codes for behavioral health integration

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host an Oct. 27 webinar on applying the new Medicare payment codes for behavioral health integration services, including collaborative care. The codes, applauded by the AHA, were introduced this year under the physician fee schedule final... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, coding, regulation, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

AHA study: Rising regulatory burden forces caregivers to push paper rather than treating patients

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Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released yesterday by the AHA.

The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

AHA study: Rising regulatory burden diverting providers from patient care

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Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released today by the AHA. The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to $1,200... read more

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

House panel assesses agencies' progress in implementing opioid laws

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a hearing on the administration’s progress in carrying out provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted last year to address the opioid epidemic. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, opioids

57 senators urge CMS to consider feedback before finalizing 340B proposal

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Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback" before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. "The long-term success of the 340B program is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation

HHS withdraws three proposed rules, including drug payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today officially withdrew its proposal to test new models for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments. AHA had expressed concerns with the proposed rule and its inclusion of hospitals,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

Majority of House members urge CMS to abandon proposal to cut 340B program

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Two hundred twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to abandon its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “Given the important role that the 340B program plays in our... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation, drug prices

HRSA delays to July effective date of 340B drug ceiling price rule

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to July 1, 2018 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. “We are delaying the effective date of the Jan. 5, 2017, final rule to July 1, 2018, because the delay will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation, drug prices

CMS urged to address concerns with proposed HH payment reform

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services not to finalize in the calendar year 2018 final rule its proposal to redesign the home health payment system in 2019. “We support the broad goals for the alternative system, known as the Home Health Groupings Model, and appreciate that it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, home health

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