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In a vote of 218-210, the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1215) has passed the House of Representatives and will now advance to the Senate for consideration.
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.
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.
Pennsylvania legislators have introduced two bills that seek to protect patients from surprise medical bills for both emergency and nonemergency care provided in situations where the patient unknowingly received out-of-network care.
Humana has updated it list of correct coding for certain procedure, effective July 6, 2017.
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.
Texas is asking CMS to extend its 1115 Medicaid waiver program despite findings from its own evaluation which showed little change towards improved access.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced it will leave the Affordable Care Act market in Ohio in 2018 and will reduce its footprint in the state to one off-exchange product in one county.
For the first time since 1990, the Illinois Department of Insurance will conduct a broad market examination of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to see how the insurer treats its customers in compliance with consumer protection regulations.
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.
MassHealth has adjusted Medicare Crossover claims billed with certain procedure codes and dates of service.
Harvard Pilgrim will modify the format of all newly assigned practitioner and provider identification numbers and will no longer be issuing alphanumeric practitioner and provider ID numbers.
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).
CMS has announced updates to its Claims Adjustment Reason Code (CARC) and Remittance Advice Remark Code (RARC) policy. The newly revised set of codes provides either supplemental explanation for a monetary adjustment or policy information that generally applies to the monetary adjustment.