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The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking to further expand inpatient treatment capacity for individuals battling mental health issues and drug addiction and has invited providers across the state to submit plans to add up to 53 more inpatient beds in the underserved regions of the state.
CMS has released Part One of the 2019 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies, containing proposed changes to the Part C Risk Adjustment Model and the use of encounter data.
CMS, on December 28th, issued a Survey and Certification Memorandum (S&C Memo) to state survey agencies to clarify and reinforce its position that it prohibits physicians and health care providers from texting orders.
Cigna has implemented an integrated oncology management program which requires providers to precertify certain medical oncology medications through a national ancillary provider (instead of Cigna), including primary chemotherapy, and supportive drugs, such as medical injectables and infusions.
CMS has submitted a proposed rule that, if finalized, would revise the Medicare Advantage program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement certain provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act.
CMS Reinforces Rule Prohibiting Billing Dually Eligible Individuals Enrolled in Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program
CMS has issued a notice to reinforce the rule that Medicare providers and suppliers should not bill beneficiaries enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program for Medicare cost-sharing.
Effective for dates of service beginning January 1, 2018, Harvard Pilgrim will cover 3D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)) for screening or diagnostic purposes for members of its Connecticut plans.
The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) last month announced that it has expanded the list of covered health benefits available to align behavioral health coverage for Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (FIDE SNPs), and Division of Developmentally Disabled (DDD) MCO members participating in the New Jersey FamilyCare (NJFC) Medicaid managed care program.
CMS has lifted enrollment and marketing sanctions against Cigna for its Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.
The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill, by unanimous vote, that will enable physicians licensed in the state to supply telemedicine services to patients they have never met in person.
CMS has released guidance stating that it will no longer require U.S. residents enrolling in exchange plans via a direct enrollment pathway to complete the enrollment process on HealthCare.gov.
CMS issued an Informational Bulletin providing additional clarity on provisions of the final regulation defining home and community-based service (HCBS) settings. The bulletin indicates that that states may take an additional three years to ensure compliance with criteria of a HCBS setting. The agency says this additional time “will be helpful to states to ensure compliance activities are collaborative, transparent and timely.”
CMS has sent over 800,000 letters to clinicians, with notification that they will not be evaluated under the MACRA Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. Federal officials predict only about one-third of clinicians will have to file quality reports this year under the new Medicare payment system.
CMS’ newly released fact sheet explains how Administrative Simplification standards streamline day-to-day tasks such as billing, verifying patient eligibility, sending and receiving payment.
In a letter to CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, MGMA, along with 100 medical organizations, requested a deferment for the required use of 2015 Edition CEHRT in the QPP or Medicaid MU Program. The letter recommends that use of 2015 CEHRT remain voluntary until such technology is widely available, no sooner than January 2019.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, on February 8, proposed a plan aimed at closing the nearly $1.7 billion state budget deficit.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a final rule expanding the authority to exclude individuals and entities from federal health care programs.
CMS’ newest Medicaid managed care final rule will prevent increases in pass-through payments as well as the addition of new pass-through payments beyond those in place when the pass-through payment transition periods were established.
A report released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) states, over a four-year span, New Jersey has received an estimated $95 million in improper Medicaid payments. According to the report, “The deficiencies occurred because the state … did not adequately monitor [its] partial care services program to ensure that providers complied with [the program’s] requirements.”
New York’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver has been extended for an additional five years, through March 2021. Known as the Partnership Plan, the waiver has been renamed the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Demonstration in recognition of the ongoing MRT efforts to transform the health care delivery system and will extend authorities for New York to continue to operate its demonstration with modest modifications.