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IRS, HHS, EBSA: Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act Federal Register
Nov 15, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration to finalize expanded exemptions to protect sincerely held moral beliefs for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to a mandate of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The rule will be effective on January 14, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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IRS, HHS, EBSA: Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act Federal Register
Nov 15, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration to finalize expanded exemptions to protect religious beliefs for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to a mandate of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The rule will be effective on January 14, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicaid Program: Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan Managed Care Federal Register
Nov 14, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to streamline the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) managed care regulatory framework in order to reduce regulatory burden and make the process more efficient and feasible for states to implement the program in a cost-effective manner. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 14, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program: End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS Federal Register
Nov 14, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2019. Also updates requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program and makes technical amendments to correct existing regulations for the Competitive Bidding Program for certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS), among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2020 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Requirements; and Training Requirements for Surveyors of National Accrediting Organizations Federal Register
Nov 13, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a final rule with comment period to update the home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates effective for services provided beginning January 1, 2019. Among many other things, the rule also finalizes the methodology for determining rural add-on payments for calendar years 2019-2022 and finalizes the definition of "remote patient monitoring" and recognizes it as an allowable administrative cost. Comments on the final rule are due by December 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in California due to Wildfires
Nov 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared a public health emergency in response to the wildfires in California. This declarations gives the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs created by the fires.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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CMS, HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program Integrity Federal Register
Nov 9, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to revise standards for the oversight of state health insurance Exchanges, periodic data matching frequency, and the length of a consumer's authorization for the Exchange to get updated tax information, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 8, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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Quality Payment Program (QPP) Year 1 Performance Results
Nov 8, 2018 - Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the performance results of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Touches on the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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CMS Finalizes Rule that Encourages More Choices and Lower Costs for Seniors
Nov 2, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule related to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System. This final rule aims to strengthen the Medicare program by providing seniors with more choices and lower cost options. A fact sheet on this final rule is available.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies; Extension of Timeline for Publication of Final Rule Federal Register
Nov 2, 2018 - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the deadline for publication of the final rule entitled "Medicare and Medicaid Program: Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies." The extension period is necessary because it has been more than 3 years since the publication date of the initial proposed rule and it will allow the agency more time to review the large number public comments that have been received. The extension is effective on November 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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