57 senators urge CMS to consider feedback before finalizing 340B proposal

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Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback" before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. "The long-term success of the 340B program is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation

HHS withdraws three proposed rules, including drug payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today officially withdrew its proposal to test new models for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments. AHA had expressed concerns with the proposed rule and its inclusion of hospitals,... read more

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

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

Majority of House members urge CMS to abandon proposal to cut 340B program

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Two hundred twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to abandon its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “Given the important role that the 340B program plays in our... read more

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

HRSA delays to July effective date of 340B drug ceiling price rule

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to July 1, 2018 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. “We are delaying the effective date of the Jan. 5, 2017, final rule to July 1, 2018, because the delay will... read more

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

CMS urged to address concerns with proposed HH payment reform

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services not to finalize in the calendar year 2018 final rule its proposal to redesign the home health payment system in 2019. “We support the broad goals for the alternative system, known as the Home Health Groupings Model, and appreciate that it... read more

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

CMS again urged to prioritize guidance on shared space arrangements

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The AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday to clarify how hospitals can share space, services and staff with other providers. “If CMS is unable to release the guidance by Oct. 1, we implore the agency to issue a Survey and Certification memo stating that while the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for Irma; hospital funds launched

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has temporarily suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers that are assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency also has established a toll-free... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, regulation, workforce

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

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