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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction Federal Register
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reform Medicare regulations that have been identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on healthcare providers and suppliers, allowing them to devote more time to delivering high quality patient care. Discusses the impact on rural providers and facilities throughout. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Appeals; Adjustment to the Amount in Controversy Threshold Amounts for Calendar Year 2019 Federal Register
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announcing the annual adjustment in the amount in controversy (AIC) threshold amounts for Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and judicial review under the Medicare appeals process. The calendar year 2019 AIC threshold amounts are $160 for ALJ hearings and $1,630 for judicial review. These adjustments will be effective for requests filed on or after January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program Federal Register
Sep 20, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new computer matching program between CMS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entitled "Verification of United States Citizenship and Immigration Status Data for Eligibility Determinations." The program allows CMS and DHS/USCIS to use data to determine an individual’s health plan eligibility through an ACA exchange and for insurance affordability programs and certificates of exemption, and to make eligibility redeterminations and renewals, including appeal determinations. Comments are due by October 22, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Sep 19, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a potential demonstration project called the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. If approved, the demonstration would test whether exempting clinicians who participate in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) with Medicare Fee-for-Service from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting requirements and payment adjustment will increase or maintain participation in MAOs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Comments are due by October 19, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Fixing What Ails You: Rural County to Reopen Hospital
Sep 19, 2018 - A hospital in Lee County, Virginia is set to reopen their local hospital after closing five years ago. Highlights the long-term efforts to maintain the building during the closure and community and state support to to bring services back to the area.
Source: National Association of Counties
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AHA, Hospital Leaders Announce 340B Good Stewardship Principles
Sep 18, 2018 - Press release from the American Hospital Association (AHA) announcing new principles for ensuring good stewardship of the 340B program on behalf of leaders from both the AHA and individual 340B hospitals. These principles are designed to help 340B hospitals strengthen the program as well as communicating the value of the program directly.
Source: American Hospital Association
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Federal Register
Sep 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces the name change for the system that tracks Medicaid data and new data elements to be tracked. The new system is called Transformed-Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) and it will allow for more accurate data collection, improved program monitoring, and provides access to data needed to improve the assessment of the quality of care and enrollment for beneficiaries.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Continues Efforts to Help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response
Sep 14, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces efforts being extended to Virginia to ensure that hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Includes instructions for providers submitting claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to those impacted by the hurricane and special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access Medicare and health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, as well as instructions for patients seeking a dialysis facility.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Offers Broad Support for North Carolina and South Carolina with Hurricane Florence Preparation
Sep 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that hospitals and other facilities in North and South Carolina can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Florence by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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How Suicide Trainings, Community Connections Could Patch Holes In Amador’s Mental Health Safety Net
Sep 13, 2018 - Details community-level efforts to reduce suicide rates and increase access to and use of mental health services in California's rural Amador County. The county has the third-highest suicide rate in the state, which is nearly three times the state average. Efforts include a new clinic, community awareness events, training to help community members recognize red flags and learn how to talk about suicide, and more.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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