Tagged with Medicaid Billing

New Jersey Will Transition to a State-Based Exchange

On March 22, the governor of New Jersey has announced that the state will transition from the federally operated Healthcare.gov exchange platform to a state-based exchange by the 2021 plan year. According to state officials, the change will give the state more control over its health insurance market.

New Hampshire Senate Passes Medicaid Telehealth Bill

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill expanding Medicaid coverage for telehealth services. The bill, if finalized, would allow a patient to receive primary care in addition to specialty care via telehealth and enables Medicaid to cover far more connected care services than previously.

Federal Judge Rules ACA is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional on the grounds that its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and the rest of the law cannot stand without it.

New York – Anthem Reimbursement Policy Updates

Anthem has posted several reimbursement policy updates, including updates to its Rule of Eight” Reporting Guidelines, system updates for 2019, and updates to policy for Modifier 69.

CMS Announces Short-Term IMD Exclusion Waivers for Mental Illness

CMS announced on November 13, a new opportunity for states to seek short-term IMD exclusion waivers, which would allow Medicaid to pay for inpatient mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.

Maine – Governor-Elect to Implement Medicaid Expansion

Maine Governor-elect has made statements of intention to implement the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan immediately upon taking office in January. An estimated 70,000 low-income people would become eligible for Medicaid under the expansion.

CMS Releases CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

On November 1, CMS released its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for calendar year (CY) 2019. The latest update includes changes to the Quality Payment Program as well as documentation and payment adjustments for evaluation and management services.

CY 2019 OPPS and ASC Payment System Final Rule Released

CMS has released its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule for the next calendar year. According to the agency, the policies adopted in the CY 2019 final rule will help lay the foundation for a patient-driven healthcare system and will also strengthen the Medicare program by providing more choices and lower cost options.