CMS posts public health, registry EHR readiness data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a “centralized repository” of public health agencies and registries ready to electronically receive public health data from hospitals and eligible professionals. To satisfy Stage 2 meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid

Trump nominates HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation

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President Trump Friday nominated as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services Stephen Parente, Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Parente also serves as a health advisor to... read more

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

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Two weeks ago, it looked like Congressional attempts to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act might be over – at least for now – after the bill House Republicans crafted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was pulled from consideration…and signals from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue... read more

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

CMS announces participants in Accountable Health Communities model

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Thirty-two organizations, including hospitals, will receive funding to test promising approaches to linking Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with community services to address their health-related social needs through the Accountable Health Communities Model, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Medicare, Medicaid

Kansas House fails to override governor's Medicaid expansion veto

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The Kansas House of Representatives today failed by three votes to override the governor’s veto of legislation to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income uninsured adults. The Kanas Hospital Association supported the bill, which called for the state to submit a waiver request to the federal Department... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA dismayed over final rule on Medicaid DSH calculation

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services March 30 issued a final rule addressing how third-party payments are treated when calculating the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

The AHA expressed deep disappointment in the rule. “Of particular concern is... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

CMS proposes delaying new requirements for HH agencies by six months

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed delaying the effective date for its final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs from July 13, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018, as requested by the AHA. CMS... read more

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

CMS issues final rule on Medicaid DSH calculation

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule addressing how third-party payments are treated when calculating the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments. According to CMS, the final rule clarifies current policy that uncompensated care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

Governor vetoes bill to expand Medicaid to low-income adults in Kansas

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today vetoed legislation that would have expanded Medicaid eligibility to uninsured adults under age 65 who earn up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The Kanas Hospital Association supported the bill, which called for the state to submit a waiver request to the federal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

CMS extends request for comments on draft pediatric care model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended through April 7 its request for comments on a draft pediatric care model concept for children and youth covered by Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. According to the February request for information, “The aim of this model... read more

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

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