CMS issues IMD payment guidance for Medicaid/CHIP managed care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued answers to frequently asked questions about payments to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care organizations and prepaid inpatient health plans for patients in an institution for mental disease. Under a final rule last year... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, regulation, Mental health, Behavioral health

Teen overdose deaths increase in 2015 after declining since 2007

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The adolescent death rate from drug overdoses increased to 3.7 per 100,000 in 2015 after gradually declining to 3.1 from a high of 4.2 per 100,000 in 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose death rates for girls aged 15-19 nearly doubled between 1999 and... read more

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

CMS announces MLR credibility adjustments for Medicaid/CHIP plans

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today published the medical loss ratio credibility adjustments for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care plans for rating periods beginning July 1, 2017 or later. CMS’s 2016 final rule for Medicaid and CHIP managed care plans included... read more

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

HRSA awards $7 million to support Zika care in territories

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today awarded $6 million to help repay student loans for 104 clinicians committed to serving three years in high-need communities affected by the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, maternal health, Zika

ND providers to Senate: Go back to drawing board on health care reform

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The North Dakota Hospital Association and North Dakota Medical Association last week shared their concerns about the U.S. Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act in an op-ed in the Jamestown Sun. “NDHA and NDMA support maintaining key insurance market reforms, such as prohibiting pre-existing condition... read more

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

CMS finalizes changes to Medicaid, CHIP eligibility review programs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule updating the Payment Error Rate Measurement and Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control programs to reflect how states adjudicate eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program under the Affordable Care Act,... read more

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

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

MACPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its June report to Congress, which includes a chapter examining how Medicaid programs are responding to the opioid epidemic. According to the report, Medicaid beneficiaries are prescribed pain relievers at higher rates than those with... read more

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

CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

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