Senate Budget Committee approves tax bill

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The Senate Budget Committee today voted 12-11 along party lines to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, a bill to reform the tax code, which includes a provision to repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that most individuals have health insurance. The AHA, America's Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

Dec. 21 hearing scheduled in 340B lawsuit

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U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras will hear arguments Dec. 21 in AHA's lawsuit to prevent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from reducing Medicare payments for hospital outpatient drugs under the 340B drug savings program by nearly 30%. AHA is joined in the lawsuit by the Association... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, access

CMS to issue MLN Connects notification on Worksheet S-10

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week is expected to release in its MLN Connects newsletter a notification requesting that hospitals review Worksheet S-10 data to ensure cost reports pass all recent edits. On Sept. 29, CMS released Transmittal 11, which modified the application of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

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Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Critical Access Hospitals

FCC to consider changes to Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission today released a draft notice of proposed rulemaking and order that would update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services. Among other changes, the draft order would waive the RHC Program’s $400 million cap on a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

CMS to expand value-based model for MA, prescription drug plans in 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced refinements to the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model for calendar year 2019, the third year of the demonstration program. The model is designed to test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or... read more

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

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 2.3 million

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Nearly 2.3 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-18, including nearly 800,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

FDA: Don't use medical food product Limbrel

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating serious adverse events involving Limbrel, a capsule being marketed as a medical food to manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. Health care providers who know their patients are taking the product should advise them to stop taking it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

Arizona Supreme Court upholds state's Medicaid expansion law

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The Arizona Supreme Court last week upheld a 2013 state law expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act. Some members of the state legislature claimed that the law’s assessment on hospitals to help pay for the expansion was a tax and therefore unconstitutional because... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

CMS issues final clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued final Medicare payment rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests and advanced diagnostic laboratory tests in calendar year 2018. The rates are based on the weighted median of private insurer payment rates, as required by a 2016 final rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

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