CMS again urged to prioritize guidance on shared space arrangements

AHA News Now

The AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday to clarify how hospitals can share space, services and staff with other providers. “If CMS is unable to release the guidance by Oct. 1, we implore the agency to issue a Survey and Certification memo stating that while the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for Irma; hospital funds launched

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has temporarily suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers that are assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency also has established a toll-free... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, regulation, workforce

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

AHA urges CMS to withdraw proposed cut to 340B program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA today told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “CMS lacks... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

HHS eases certain provider requirements due to hurricane emergencies

AHA News Now

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

CMS issues training on emergency preparedness rule enforcement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an online training course for state survey agencies that will evaluate compliance with new emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and other providers beginning Nov. 15. The course also is available to providers. A final rule issued last... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, regulation

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce regulatory burden

AHA News Now

In a letter today to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, AHA laid out actions that Congress could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. The proposals range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues IMD payment guidance for Medicaid/CHIP managed care

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued answers to frequently asked questions about payments to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care organizations and prepaid inpatient health plans for patients in an institution for mental disease. Under a final rule last year... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, regulation, Mental health, Behavioral health

HRSA again proposes delay for 340B drug ceiling price rule

AHA News Now

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

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