Administration to make August CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration has indicated it will make this month's cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, according to news reports yesterday. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

HRSA again proposes delay for 340B drug ceiling price rule

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today proposed delaying until July 1, 2018 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. The final rule has been subject to multiple delays since January, and most recently was scheduled to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, regulation

Hospitals can review data on certain episode-related payment measures

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Hospitals in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program can review their calendar year 2017 data for three clinical episode-based payment measures through Sept. 16 at the QualityNet secure portal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The reports, on the three condition EBP... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

HHS appoints public members to federal mental health committee

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday appointed 14 public members to a committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act to better coordinate federal efforts to address serious mental illness and emotional disturbance. They are: Linda Beeber, nursing professor at the University of North... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

AHRQ reports continued gains in health care quality

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Health care quality continued to improve overall through 2015, with notable gains in patient safety and person-centered care, according to the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. About 80% of the person-centered measures,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, equity

CMS launches Hospice Compare website

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today unveiled its Hospice Compare website, which initially shows how more than 3,800 hospices perform on seven quality measures related to patient treatment preferences, managing pain and treating symptoms. CMS plans to add patient experience of care data to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, hospice

CMS raises concerns with hospital donations to help fund Medicaid expansion

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently agreed to allow the New Hampshire Health Protection Program to continue unchanged through 2018, but said the state will need to change how it finances the non-federal share of the program in the future. One of 31 expansion states, New Hampshire created... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Teen overdose deaths increase in 2015 after declining since 2007

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The adolescent death rate from drug overdoses increased to 3.7 per 100,000 in 2015 after gradually declining to 3.1 from a high of 4.2 per 100,000 in 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose death rates for girls aged 15-19 nearly doubled between 1999 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, opioids

Study examines cannabis use for chronic pain

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Limited evidence suggests that cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain in some patients, but insufficient evidence exists for other types of chronic pain, according to a study reported yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study reviewed the benefits of plant-based cannabis preparations for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

CMS proposed rule would cancel three bundled payment models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would cancel the cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment mandatory bundling payment programs, known as the episode payment models. It also would cancel the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. These... read more

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

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