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CMS is proposing updates and policy changes under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.
Rhode Island has revised its Medicaid policy to cover the cost of treatment for the 22,660 state residents living with the Hepatitis C virus.
The governor of Pennsylvania has given final approval for the state’s $32.7 billion 2018-19 spending bill. The finalized bill, House Bill 2121, includes a number of healthcare related provisions, such as increased funding for community-based family centers and home-visiting providers, additional investments to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, and increased access waivers for in-home supports and services.
The House of Representatives has passed a comprehensive piece of legislation specifically designed to help combat opioid use throughout the United States.
On July 1, the Governor of New Jersey signed the 2019 Fiscal Budget into law. The $37.4 billion budget includes increased funding for the Department of Health as well as the state’s Department of Human Services.
Massachusetts – House Passes Bill to Enhance Access to High Quality Affordable and Transparent Healthcare for Community Hospitals
The Massachusetts House has passed a health care reform legislation, H.4617, that aims to lower-cost community hospitals amid changing healthcare industry cost and reimbursement pressure.
As part of an ongoing effort to reform the state’s Medicaid program and ensure the purchase of cost–effective, high quality healthcare, and better outcomes for its beneficiaries, New York has reduced the number of eligible breast cancer surgery facilities for Medicaid recipients.
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.
New York Finalizes Draft Waiver Transition Plan for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has finalized its Draft Waiver Transition Plan which lays out their vision for reform of the system serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), “People First Care Coordination.” The Transition Plan describes the development of Care Coordination Organizations, which will provide Health Home Care Management services.
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.
Providers and insurance groups are in favor of CMS’ plans to develop a demonstration project that will test the effects of allowing clinicians to receive credit for financial risk-based arrangements with Medicare Advantage (MA) 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.
Massachusetts Senate leaders have released a comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions that, if finalized, would require the state to report the top 50 employers with the highest number of employees who receive coverage through MassHealth as well as require those companies identified to pay a large portion of a $200 million assessment to cover funding shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth.
CMS has released a new policy intended to allow states the ability to design demonstration projects toward increased access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD).
Massachusetts is seeking federal permission to move adults off Medicaid by curbing access to in-home and long-term care supports and limiting drug coverage.
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) has issued new guidelines for live model ultrasound scanning for educational purposes.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed a rule that would preempt state laws restricting the ability of VA healthcare providers to supply telehealth services to veterans across state lines or within states, intended to increase the availability of mental health, specialty care, and general clinical care to veterans, especially in rural areas.
Florida state officials have announced submission of the proposed rates for 2018 ACA plans. According to the announcement, premiums may increase by 44.7% next year for ACA compliant plans.
Toward the efforts to further prevent fraud and identity theft, MACRA mandated that all Social Security numbers be roved from all Medicare cards by April 2019. CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards with randomly-assigned and unique identifying number in place of the beneficiary’s Social Security number in April 2018.