Tagged with Healthcare Reform

Proposed Legislation Aims to Improve Provider Directories Accuracy

Two physician lawmakers have proposed new legislation that aims to improve the accuracy of information in health plan provider directories and protect patients from surprise out-of-network bills. The Improving Provider Directories Act (HR 4575) would require health plans to provide an avenue for people to report errors in provider directories, in a “highly visible way”.

Executive Order Issued to Protect Traditional Medicare and MA Plans

The president, on October 3, signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to increase efforts to provide more insurance plan options under Medicare Advantage and to remove regulations that are considered burdensome to health care providers. The order is intended to protect traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage while ramping up alternative payment models, time spent with patients, access to innovative technology and reducing the regulatory burdens on providers.

New Legislation Aims to Strengthen Stark Law

The Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act (PIMA) seeks to update Medicare policies by preventing self-referrals related to advanced imaging services, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy.

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.

Department of Health and Human Services Announces Future Changes to Provider Reimbursements

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.

NJ – DHS Expands Behavioral Health Benefits Covered Under NJ FamilyCare

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.

MA – Senate Releases Comprehensive Health Care Legislation

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.

VA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow Telemedicine Across State Lines

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.

FL – 44.7% Proposed PPACA Rate Increase for 2018

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.

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