AHA recommends certain changes to inpatient PPS rule, including DSH provisions

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The AHA supports a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA Executive Vice... read more

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

AHA comments on FY 2018 proposed rule for long-term care hospitals

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AHA today applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for proposing a 12-month regulatory pause on full implementation of the 25% Rule for long-term care hospitals and urged the agency to permanently rescind the rule. Commenting on the proposed LTCH prospective payment system rule for fiscal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Medicare, access, regulation

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. The actions range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic health records to prohibiting... read more

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

FDA asks company to remove opioid drug from market

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid pain medication Opana ER from the market, citing the potential for the reformulated drug to be abused. “We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product’s risks outweigh... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, prevention

CMS seeks input on how to reduce health care regulatory burden, improve choice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a request for information on reducing regulatory burdens and improving health care coverage choices. Specifically, the agency seeks comments on changes to existing regulations or guidance that could further empower patients and promote choice in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

HHS call June 29 on recent changes to Medicare appeals process at ALJ level

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals will host a June 29 call on recent regulatory changes to the Medicare appeals process at the administrative law judge level. A final rule issued in January in some cases allows... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS proposes arbitration changes for long-term care facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week issued a proposed rule revising the agency’s recently adopted arbitration agreement requirements for long-term care facilities. The rule would remove a prohibition on pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements finalized last year, which was challenged... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

CMS issues guidance on emergency preparedness rule enforcement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday issued interpretive guidelines for state survey agencies that will evaluate compliance with new emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and other providers beginning Nov. 15. The final rule, issued last September, requires health care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, regulation

HRSA delays until Oct. 1 the effective date of final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to Oct. 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. The final rule was subject to multiple delays since January. “The additional time provided to the public before the rule... read more

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

CMS extends Medicaid home and community-based settings transition period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended until March 17, 2022 the transition period for states to demonstrate compliance with new Medicaid criteria for home and community-based settings. “Medicaid programs are strongest when states have time to engage with beneficiaries and their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

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