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News by Topic: Medicaid

Jan 19, 2021 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) withdrawing the November 18, 2019 proposed rule, which would have created new reporting requirements for states to address the financing of supplemental and base Medicaid payments through the non-federal share.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 19, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revising regulations for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D), and the Medicare Cost Plan program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), among other things. This rule is effective March 22, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 7, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state health officials describing how to adopt strategies that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Discusses how SDOH exacerbate health disparities among a variety of populations, including rural communities, and the guidance aims to help states improve population health and reduce costs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jan 4, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on two information collections: 1) Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts and 2) CMS Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary CY 2022 to collect plan bids to establish Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plan benefit package options for the next contract year. Comments are due by February 3, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 4, 2021 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicaid CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Appointments are effective May 2021. Letters of nomination and resumes are due by January 26, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 31, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding regulatory changes to support state flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing arrangements (VBPs) with manufacturers. This rule also implements provisions of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act designed to reduce opioid-related fraud, misuse, and abuse through the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program. This rule is effective March 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 31, 2020 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) announcing the calendar year 2021 reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient care provided to Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal program beneficiaries by IHS facilities. The updated rates apply to all qualifying services provided on or after January 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 18, 2020 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would place new requirements on state Medicaid and CHIP fee-for-service (FFS) programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities, and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) issuers on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) to improve the electronic exchange of health care data and streamline processes related to prior authorization. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is also proposing the adoption of certain specified implementation guides (IGs) needed to support the proposed Application Programming Interface (API) policies included in this rule. Comments are due by January 4, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 30, 2020 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services releasing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) rates for the period of October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. The rates are used to determine the amount of Federal matching for state Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) Contingency Funds, and Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP) rates for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures, among other federal assistance programs.
Source: Federal Register