FCC to consider changes to Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission today released a draft notice of proposed rulemaking and order that would update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services. Among other changes, the draft order would waive the RHC Program’s $400 million cap on a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

CMS to expand value-based model for MA, prescription drug plans in 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced refinements to the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model for calendar year 2019, the third year of the demonstration program. The model is designed to test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, Coverage

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 2.3 million

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Nearly 2.3 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-18, including nearly 800,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

FDA: Don't use medical food product Limbrel

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating serious adverse events involving Limbrel, a capsule being marketed as a medical food to manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. Health care providers who know their patients are taking the product should advise them to stop taking it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

Arizona Supreme Court upholds state's Medicaid expansion law

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The Arizona Supreme Court last week upheld a 2013 state law expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act. Some members of the state legislature claimed that the law’s assessment on hospitals to help pay for the expansion was a tax and therefore unconstitutional because... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

CMS issues final clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued final Medicare payment rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests and advanced diagnostic laboratory tests in calendar year 2018. The rates are based on the weighted median of private insurer payment rates, as required by a 2016 final rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

ISMP survey looks at support for text messaging of medical orders

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Many health care providers do not support using text messaging for medical orders, according to a survey released last week by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The 778 respondents included nurses, pharmacists, prescribers, medication safety officers and others. One-third of respondents thought... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, safety, Electronic Health Records

Report looks at evolving role of health care strategists

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The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development last week released its latest report on the evolving role of the health care strategist, which provides a framework for assessing and building strategic competencies. “This latest edition of Bridging Worlds, and the roadmap it provides, is a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: members

AHA recommends CMMI principles, models

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should apply certain principles to all of its projects and models, AHA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today, responding to the agency’s request for information on a new direction for the center. AHA members “believe that programs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CMS announces Medicare premiums and deductibles for CY 2018

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The Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $24 in calendar year 2018, to $1,340, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts will be $335 for days 61-90 of hospitalization in a benefit period; $670 for lifetime... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

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