FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 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... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

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

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

CMS finalizes MA, Part D payment and policy for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this afternoon announced changes to the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs for calendar year 2018, which would increase payment rates by a net 0.45%. When combined with expected growth in plan risk scores, CMS expects the MA plans and Part... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS updating guidance on shared space arrangements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working to finalize updated guidance related to co-location, which should clarify policies governing how hospitals can share space with other providers, the agency told the AHA last week. In a meeting with agency officials, including David Wright, the... read more

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

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

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Tags: Medicaid, regulation

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

CMS delays enforcement of new laboratory data reporting requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will exercise enforcement discretion until May 30 with respect to new data reporting requirements for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. “Industry feedback suggests that many reporting entities will not be able... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

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