Administration clarifies border and immigration enforcement policies

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly today issued two memoranda regarding border security and immigration policy enforcement. The guidelines outlined in the memoranda largely impact DHS enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants already within the United States and focus on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, workforce

CMS delays effective date of certain CJR program changes to March 21

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday delayed, in accordance with a recent White House memorandum, the effective date of certain technical changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program from Feb. 18 to March 21. The delay applies to certain modifications made to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, bundled payment

Senate approves Mulvaney nomination for OMB director

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The Senate today voted 51-49 along party lines to approve President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. An entrepreneur with private sector experience in law, real estate, homebuilding and restaurants, Mulvaney most recently served... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, regulation

Senate Finance Committee holds confirmation hearing for CMS administrator

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a confirmation hearing for health care consultant Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. During the hearing, Verma voiced support for helping rural and other health care providers avoid unnecessary... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Medicaid, leadership, regulation

CMS releases proposed rule to stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The rule proposes changes in six areas: special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; qualified health plan certification calendar; and... read more

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Tags: Coverage, regulation

SAMHSA delays implementation of substance use disorder confidentiality rule

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration today postponed the effective date of its final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records to March 21. The Office of Management and Budget last month published a memorandum calling for heads of executive departments and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

Senate approves Price nomination for HHS secretary

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The Senate early today voted 52-47 along party lines to approve President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as Health and Human Services secretary. Price, who has served on the House Ways and Means Committee and as chairman of the House Budget Committee, spent most of his career working... read more

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

CMS webinar tomorrow on Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a Feb. 7 webinar on the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice. To register for the webinar, which begins at 2:30 p.m. ET, click here. CMS recently updated its Medicare claims processing manual to include guidance on implementing the MOON, a standard... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation

Hospital IQR and OQR data submission extended to Feb. 15

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Due to system issues with its QualityNet secure portal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended to Feb. 15 the deadline for submitting certain data for the Inpatient and Outpatient Quality Reporting programs. Hospitals must submit population/sampling and validation data for IQR measures,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

AHA brief examines how hospitals are holding the line on costs

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Hospitals and health systems have been leaders in controlling costs in the health care sector, with hospital price growth in 2015 at the slowest annual rate since 1998 and Medicare spending growth for hospital services at its lowest level in 17 years, according to a data brief on hospital care costs... read more

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Tags: Electronic Health Records, Coverage, regulation, workforce, chronic conditions, drug prices

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