CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. The proposed rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues LTCH PPS proposed rule for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its long-term care hospital prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. Under the proposed rule, traditional LTCH PPS rates would increase by a net of 0.4%, while payment rates for site-neutral cases would decrease by a net... read more

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

GAO issues report on telehealth and remote patient monitoring in Medicare

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Both telehealth and remote patient monitoring may improve or maintain quality of care in Medicare, but concerns regarding payment and coverage restrictions present potential barriers to their use, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Required by the Medicare Access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, Telehealth, telemedicine

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

SAMHSA webinar next week on growing the behavioral health workforce

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on April 19 will host the third webinar in a quarterly series on innovative state solutions to develop the behavioral health workforce. The 2 p.m. ET webinar will focus on the state of Alaska’s efforts. To register, click here. The webinar... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: workforce, Behavioral health

Report: FL hospitals contribute more than $128 billion to state's economy

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Florida hospitals contribute more than 901,600 jobs and $128 billion to the state's economy, according to a University of Florida study released this week by the Florida Hospital Association. "Hospitals are the largest employers in many communities across Florida," said FHA President Bruce Rueben. "Our... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

Keep Fighting to Protect Coverage

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Congress may be in recess, with members back home in their states and districts – but the push to revive the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still very real. House Republicans and the White House continue to work to revise the bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act and secure... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

CMS final rule aims to stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 13 issued a final rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

The rule finalizes changes related to special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; and open enrollment periods.

The new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS finalizes policies aimed at stabilizing Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The rule finalizes changes related to special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; and open enrollment periods. The new policies are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

Tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool also provides data on VA patient satisfaction with wait times, and same-day service options for primary care and mental health. In... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, access

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