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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.
The Governor of Florida has extended legislation reducing retroactive Medicaid eligibility from 90 to 30 days for another year. The bill also mandates the state Agency for Health Care Administration to submit a report to the legislature about the impact of the change on patients and health care providers by January 2020.
The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a package of bills to collectively combat the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic. The legislation includes seven bills, each designed to address specific issues and areas pertaining to opioid prescription and abuse.
The Illinois Legislature unanimously passed a health care reform package, which requires Medicaid managed care plans to pay claims within 30 days or face a penalty.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) recently notified members of the upcoming changes to its Anthem Plan Fee Schedules, scheduled to take place July 1.
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has released its 2019 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP which includes recommendations Medicaid policy changes for outpatient prescription drug and hospital payments, and program integrity.
The House passed legislation to renew several Medicaid programs, including an eight state pilot that pays higher reimbursement rates to mental health clinics that offer comprehensive mental health services regardless of ability to pay, offering assistance to patients move out of assisted living facilities, covering costs for individuals whose spouses are in long-term care, and preventing Medicaid fraud.
The Texas legislature has passed three patient protection bills aimed at Medicaid managed care and safeguarding against surprise medical bills.
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 has announced the release of a final rule designed to “update and modernize” the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program, based upon best practices in caring for frail and elderly individuals.
CMS, in early May, released the Medicaid Provider Reassignment Regulation final rule removing a state’s ability to divert portions of Medicaid provider payments to third parties outside of the scope of what the statute allows. Under the rule, CMS is revoking the authority of states to “divert” certain Medicaid provider payments to a third party to fund other costs on behalf of the provider “for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees.”
New Jersey DHS Provides Update on MLTSS, Nursing Facility ‘Any Willing Qualified Provider’ Reimbursement Model
New Jersey’s reimbursement parameters for its MLTSS program are intended to be transitioned to a new, quality-based Any Willing Qualified Provider (AWQP) reimbursement model. DHS says it intends to award AWQP designation status to NFs this spring and review it annually.
CMS, along with the HHS, has announced plans to launch five new Medicare primary pare payment models.
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.
CMS has approved a Florida section 1115 pilot program that provides behavioral health services and temporary housing to Medicaid beneficiaries with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Cigna has issued several updates to its precertification list for April 2019.
Humana has posted the recent updates to its preauthorization and notification.
WellCare Health Plans announced that it will offer Medicaid managed care, Child Health Plus, and Essential Plan coverage in three more New York counties, after receiving approval from state regulators.
UHC has posted a correction to authorization previously published code additions, as well as new codes requiring prior authorization.