NLRB reinstates prior joint-employer standard

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The National Labor Relations Board yesterday overruled a 2015 board decision adopting a new joint-employer standard and returned to the previous standard that governed joint-employer liability, concluding that the reinstated standard adheres to the common law and is supported by the NLRA’s policy of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

CMS waives certain Medicare SNF requirements for latest CA wildfires

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Medicare will cover skilled nursing facility care without a three-day inpatient hospital stay for certain beneficiaries affected by this month’s wildfires in southern California, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The agency also will cover extended care services for certain... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Medicare

House members urge Republican leaders to maintain PAB tax exemption

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Thirty-nine Republican members of the House of Representatives yesterday urged Republican leaders to maintain tax exemption for private activity bonds in the final conference report on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Given the Administration’s stated priority for increasing investment in infrastructure, we... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

House leaders unveil short-term spending measure with CHIP funding

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House Republican leaders yesterday introduced a stop-gap spending measure to fund federal domestic programs through Jan. 19 that also includes five years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bill also would eliminate $2 billion in scheduled Medicaid disproportionate share hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, appropriations

CMS releases FAQs on billing 340B modifiers under hospital OPPS

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday released Frequently Asked Questions, at the request of the AHA, to clarify CMS’s new modifier policy for billing 340B-acquired drugs under the outpatient prospective payment system. CMS requires that all 340B hospitals use one of two new payment... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, coding

CMS urged to quickly notify hospitals of their BiBA exception status

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to direct Medicare Administrative Contractors to quickly review hospital applications for the mid-build exception to Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and notify hospitals whether they have been granted the exception. “Since... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, emergency care

FCC addresses Rural Health Care Program, net neutrality

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The Federal Communication Commission today agreed to issue a proposed rule that would update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services. The agency also approved an order waiving the RHC Program’s annual cap for 2017 and allowing unused funds from previous... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

Federal mental health committee issues recommendations to Congress

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A committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act to better coordinate federal efforts to address serious mental illness and emotional disturbance today released its recommendations to Congress and federal agencies. The report calls for developing an interdepartmental strategic plan to improve services... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 4.7 million

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Nearly 4.7 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 9, including more than 1 million last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported yesterday. About 70% of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

AHA urges Congress to pass CREATES Act, protect 340B program

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AHA today urged Congress and the administration to take immediate action to rein in the rising cost of drugs, including passing the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act and H.R. 4392. “Spending on pharmaceuticals has increased dramatically over the past several years, and the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, access, drug prices

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