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On June 20th, CMS released its 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule. Officially titled, “CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program,” the rule includes key policy updates that seek to streamline reporting requirements and simplify participation under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) [Track 1] and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) [Track 2] pathways created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The ESRD PPS proposed rule is one of several for CY 2018 that reflect a broader strategy to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; support the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.
CMS has posted new resources on the Quality Payment Program website to help clinicians successfully participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
The Governor of Indiana is seeking permission from CMS to require some Medicaid beneficiaries to be employed or searching for work to be eligible for the Healthy Indiana 2.0 (HIP) plan, but since public comments were not permitted, the state request could be facing some legal challenges.
Massachusetts lawmakers recently approved an annual budget, in a 140-9 House vote, that will incorporate fees on businesses to be used to cover the state’s ever-rising health care costs.
On June 28, the Ohio Senate approved the 2018-19 state budget bill in a vote of 24-8. On June 30, Governor John Kasich signed the 2018 state budget into law – vetoing 47 provisions. The Ohio House then voted, on July 6, to override 11 of the 47 line items vetoed.
Increasing efforts toward the prevention of fraud and identity theft, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) mandates that all Social Security numbers be roved from all Medicare cards by April 2019. CMS will begin mailing the new cards with randomly-assigned and unique identifying number in place of the beneficiary’s Social Security number in April 2018.
CMS’ Office of the Actuary (OACT) has released its ‘State Health Expenditure Accounts’ report detailing state-level health care spending data for the period 1991-2014. The data reveals large differences of personal healthcare spending from region to region as well as growth in spending in non-expansion states that show similar rates in Medicaid expansion states.
Medicare has temporarily changed its rules to offer a reprieve from penalizing consumers who may have missed deadline to enroll in Medicare and kept ACA policies after becoming eligible for Medicare.
Wisconsin submitted a federal request to become the first state in the country to drug test applicants for Medicaid health benefits.
Texas is asking CMS to extend its 1115 Medicaid waiver program despite findings from its own evaluation which showed little change towards improved access.
New York health insurers are seeking premium rate increases averaging 16.6% in the individual market and 11.5% in the small group market for 2018.
The second-largest insurer in the New Hampshire Affordable Care Act (ACA) market has requested average rate hikes of 30% for 2018, citing Medicaid expansion and federally imposed risk adjustments as the cause for the request.
The Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee has modified the list of preferred prescription products. As an aid to providers, Connecticut’s Medical Assistance Program has released clarification on billing requirements for a pharmacy when a brand name medication is dispensed.
CMS has lifted enrollment and marketing sanctions against Cigna for its Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.
The White House has released its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and presented it to Congress. Totaling at $4.1 trillion, the proposal requests $69 billion in discretionary budget authority and $1,046 billion in mandatory funding to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017. The legislation seeks to expand telehealth services to Medicaid populations and has received a favorable score by the Congressional Budget Office.
A new bill has been introduced which seeks to increase Medicaid addiction treatment access by modifying the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease law to allow more substance abuse treatment centers to receive Medicaid payments.
The Illinois House has approved Senate Bill 1446 that, if finalized, would require the state to use the regular procurement process and would expand the state’s $9 billion Medicaid managed care program statewide, while reducing the number of contracted health plans.
Indiana is the most recent of the six states that are seeking the addition of a work requirement to Medicaid eligibility waiver request.