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Medicaid Unwinding Extended

The federal government is giving states more time to complete their Medicaid unwinding process – and people still on the Medicaid rolls more time to apply to retain their Medicaid eligibility. In a memo to state Medicaid programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wrote that To continue supporting states’ efforts to establish and update income and eligibility determination systems that maximize states’ ability to ensure that eligible individuals retain coverage, CMS is further extending these unwinding-related…waivers through June 30, 2025. When the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s prohibition against removing people from state Medicaid rolls ended with the [...]

2024-05-15T17:07:11+00:00May 15, 2024|COVID-19, Medicaid|

Federal Health Policy Update for May 2

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for April 26 – May 2.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. No Surprises Act – Independent Dispute Resolution Process CMS has announced a new process for resubmitting Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) disputes that were originally improperly batched or bundled.This new resubmission process is automated in the federal IDR portal and seeks to streamline federal IDR operations.  For further information about this new process and an implementation timetable, see this CMS announcement.  CMS also has posted a user guide for the IDR [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for April 18

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for April 12-18.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. The White House The administration has launched a new global health security strategy that seeks to drive action across federal departments and agencies and rally support from other countries, the private sector, and civil society to better prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from infectious disease threats.  The strategy seeks to build on the lessons learned from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more from this White House statement; the administration’s strategy [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for April 12

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for April 5-11.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. CMS – Proposed FY 2025 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System Regulation Earlier this week CMS issued its proposed FY 2025 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system regulation – the rule under which it envisions paying acute-care hospitals, critical access hospitals, and long-term care hospitals for inpatient care in the coming fiscal year.  Highlights of the proposed rule include: Rate increases of 2.6 percent for acute-care and critical access hospitals and 2.8 percent for LTCHs. [...]

Medicaid Unwinding After One Year

The process known as “Medicaid unwinding” has now been under way for a year. When Congress expanded Medicaid eligibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic it also banned states from removing participants from their Medicaid rolls; the penalty for doing so was reduced federal Medicaid funding, a price no state was willing to pay. During the course of the pandemic, nationwide Medicaid enrollment rose 22 million, to 94 million last March. But a year ago states were directed to begin reviewing the eligibility of those then on their Medicaid rolls and to remove those who no longer met eligibility criteria.  [...]

2024-04-02T20:56:42+00:00April 3, 2024|COVID-19, Medicaid|

Federal Health Policy Update for March 28

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for March 22-28.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. The Cyberattack on Change Healthcare HHS, its Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, and CMS have published a resource guide for providers seeking assistance in response to the Change Healthcare cyberattack.  Find that guide here. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS has issued a proposed rule to update Medicare payment policies and rates under its Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System and the IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for FY 2025.  The proposed rule [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for February 29

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for February 23-29.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Congress This afternoon the House passed H.R. 7463, which changed the dates for the March 1 and March 8 funding deadlines to March 8 and March 22 and includes no new health care policies.  Health care extenders included in the current continuing resolution, including the delay to Medicaid DSH cuts, are not included in the bill that passed the House; the March 8 expiration date still applies to those extenders. The new continuing [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for February 22

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for February 16-22.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. CMS and Medicaid DSH Payments CMS has published a final rule governing how third-party payers are factored into the calculation of hospitals’ Medicaid disproportionate share hospital-specific payment limit.  This change requires that the calculation be based solely on Medicaid costs and payments and that costs and payments associated with dually eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) patients be excluded from the calculation of that limit.  The effect of this change is that hospitals that are [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for February 1

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for January 26 – February 1.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS has released its calendar year (CY) 2025 Advance Notice for the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Programs that would update payment and other policies for these programs.  Under the notice, federal Medicare Advantage spending would increase an expected 3.7 percent, or more than $16 billion, but the agency also proposes reducing by 0.16 percent the program’s base rate.  CMS also detailed [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for December 20

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government December 14-20.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. Congress The House is in recess until January 9.  The Senate has delayed its recess to continue negotiations on a possible foreign aid and border policy deal. Democrats from the House Ways and Means Committee have published a report on the relationship between the U.S. health care system and climate change.  View their report “Health Care and the Climate Crisis:  Preparing America’s Health Care Infrastructure.” No Surprises Act The federal government has reopened the [...]

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