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On June 20, CMS released a renewed guidance to state Medicaid agencies that outlines the necessary assurances that states should make to ensure that program resources are reserved for those who meet eligibility requirements.
CMS, on June 28, released its report summary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) risk adjustment program for the 2018 benefit year. The analysis found that 572 health insurers offering ACA plans participated in the program in 2018, and transfers between the companies totaled $10.4 billion.
In a 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the nine hospitals that said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the Medicare Act when it changed Medicare’s reimbursement adjustment formula for disproportionate share hospitals without providing notice and opportunity to comment.
CMS proposed a rule that would give the agency earlier notice of a potential sale or merger of an accrediting organization such as the Joint Commission.
The proposal updates Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2020.
The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill expanding Medicaid coverage for telehealth services. The bill, if finalized, would allow a patient to receive primary care in addition to specialty care via telehealth and enables Medicaid to cover far more connected care services than previously.
A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional on the grounds that its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and the rest of the law cannot stand without it.
State legislators in Illinois have voted to override the Governor’s veto of a bill intended to place restrictions on short-term health insurance plans sold in in the state, which are exempt from offering certain protections required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
CMS has released its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule for the next calendar year. According to the agency, the policies adopted in the CY 2019 final rule will help lay the foundation for a patient-driven healthcare system and will also strengthen the Medicare program by providing more choices and lower cost options.
The Virginia House of Delegates recently passed a state budget that includes funding for Medicaid expansion and stricter work requirements. If finalized, the state budget legislation would expand Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income adults.
The New Jersey Legislature recently approved two bills targeting state healthcare stabilization, as well as measures to protect patients from surprise out-of-network costs.
The Governor of Maryland has passed legislation which seeks to stabilize Maryland’s health care insurance market and prevent rates from increasing.
Humana has released several claims processing edits, including updates to Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), Modifiers 96 and 97, HCPCS Drugs & Biologicals, and other policies.
CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on April 9, issued the Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters (NBPP) final rule for plan year 2019, updating policies and standards applying to qualified health plans (QHPs) offered on Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchanges.
The New Hampshire House Health and Human Services Committee and Senate have passed legislation to reauthorize the state’s Medicaid expansion program for an additional five years, as well as add work requirements, and will also transition beneficiaries from the individual insurance exchange into a managed care model.
According to a new state report, the state of Maryland has seen reductions in hospital admissions and increased cost savings in the first three years since moving forward with its All-Payer Hospital Model.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its plans to overhaul the way the federal government reimburses providers. The Department states, in an effort to improve technology and transparency, it will make changes to interoperability, price transparency, and care delivery through Medicare and Medicaid, and remove regulations that hinder private innovation.
Nine states and the District of Columbia have announced they are considering laws that would require residents to purchase health insurance. Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Vermont, are amongst the states considering the state mandates to replace the recently repealed federal individual mandate.
The Senate has reached its two-year budget deal which includes a 10 year extension to CHIP, funding to combat the opioid epidemic, and repeal of the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) recently announced that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate will significantly cut the cost to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five more years.