Comments to House panel due Aug. 25 on reducing Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

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Tag: Medicare

AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

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Tag: Medicare

CMS projects Part D monthly premium to decline slightly in 2018

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The average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 is estimated to be $33.50 per month – or approximately $1.20 less than the average premium in 2017 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week. The projection is based on bids submitted by drug... read more

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Tag: drug prices

CMS extends FL Medicaid demonstration waiver

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week extended Florida’s Managed Medical Assistance section 1115 demonstration waiver through 2022. It allows the state to operate a capitated Medicaid managed care program and low-income pool to provide continuing support for safety-net providers that... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

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Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

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

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Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS issues 2017 Marketplace enrollment update

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About 10.3 million Americans had an active 2017 health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of March 15, or 84% of those who selected a plan during open enrollment, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. About eight in 10 active enrollees... read more

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AHA offers Congress recommendations to better integrate care in Medicare Advantage

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The AHA today encouraged Congress to continue access to Medicare Advantage special needs plans for vulnerable populations and give all MA plans more flexibility to tailor their products based on enrollees’ needs. “In some cases, a small subset of enrollees would benefit from a certain specialized service,... read more

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Tags: Medicare, care coordination

CDC: Chronically uninsured rate for adults falls to 7.6%

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An estimated 7.6% of adults under age 65 were uninsured for more than one year when surveyed in the first nine months of 2016, down from 16.8% in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The share of chronically uninsured who are Hispanic, employed,... read more

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GAO reports on trauma center availability for children

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An estimated 57% of U.S. children live within 30 miles of a level I or II pediatric trauma center, which can treat all injuries regardless of severity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. State-level estimates range from zero to more than 90%, GAO said. Pediatric trauma... read more

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Tags: child health, access, emergency care

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