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CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims Federal Register
Jul 12, 2018 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would remove the regulatory text that allows a state to make payment to third parties on behalf of an individual provider for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Proposes Rule Change to Protect Medicaid Provider Payments
Jul 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule change to the Medicaid Provider Reassignment regulation. In 2014, this regulation was revised with a new exception authorizing the state to divert Medicaid payments to third parties to fund other costs on behalf of providers. This rule would eliminate that exception in an effort to ensure that taxpayer dollars dedicated to providing healthcare services for low-income patients are not diverted inappropriately. CMS is accepting comments on this proposed rule change.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Announces Initiatives to Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity
Jun 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced new initiatives to improve transparency and accountability in the Medicaid program. These initiatives also seek to strengthen data and provide innovative analytic tools. New initiatives include auditing of state claims for federal match funds and medical loss ratios, and audits of state beneficiary eligibility determinations, among other things.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Continued Approval of its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program Federal Register
Jun 22, 2018 - Proposed notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledging the receipt of an application from American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments on whether AAAASF's requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for coverage for ASCs must be submitted by July 23, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by The Compliance Team for Continued CMS Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program Federal Register
Jun 22, 2018 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of the continued approval of The Compliance Team (TCT) as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, effective through July 18, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
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MACPAC Makes Recommendations to Strengthen Medicaid Drug Rebate Program; Address Opioid Epidemic
Jun 15, 2018 - The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) released its June 2018 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, with recommendations to change statutory provisions that prevent state Medicaid programs from paying the lowest price for certain drugs and clarify regulations on protecting the privacy of patients with substance use disorder (SUD) to support integration of care.
Source: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Jun 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to help states combat the opioid crisis, including information on promising practices, available resources, types of approaches, and the tools available to them. CMS has also released an Informational Bulletin with information on designing approaches to covering critical treatment services for Medicaid eligible infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and a Medicaid Technology letter to states on how to best use federal funding to enhance Medicaid technology to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Jun 8, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment by July 9, 2018 on the following information collections: 1) Medicare Part D Reporting Requirements and Supporting Regulations; 2) Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; 3) Section 1115 Demonstration Projects Regulations; 4) Medicare Fee-for-Service Early Review of Medical Records; 5) Hospice Information for Medicare Part D Plans; and 6: Good Cause Processes.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural America Has Too Few Dentists — and Too Few Patients Who Can Pay
Jun 7, 2018 - Discusses oral health needs and disparities in rural America, focusing on a rural town in West Virginia. Although things like workforce shortages and preventive services either being reimbursed at low rates or not being covered at all by Medicaid or Medicare can contribute to the problem, this also touches on the economic realities of rural America and how difficult it can be to afford care even when it is accessible. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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CMS Unveils Scorecard to Deliver New Level of Transparency within Medicaid and CHIP Program
Jun 4, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard in an effort to increase CMS's transparency and accountability. It includes measures voluntarily reported by states as well as federally reported measures related to state health system performance, state administrative accountability, and federal administrative accountability.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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