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Jan 26, 2023 - Brief summaries of news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on topics including Medicaid postpartum coverage expansion in Alabama and North Dakota, efforts to lower prescription drug costs, and guidance for Rural Emergency Hospitals.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 26, 2023 - Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting nominations for the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE). APOE advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) and the CMS Administrator on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nominations are due by February 24, 2023. In addition, APOE will hold a virtual public meeting on February 9, 2023, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the September 2022 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more. Registration is required by February 2, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 23, 2023 - Announces that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided guidance to federal and state governmental agencies and their partners to enable them to make Medicaid enrollment calls and send text messages without violating robocall and robotext prohibitions.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 20, 2023 - Montana lawmakers are considering proposals to make it easier for professionals with out-of-state licenses to work in Montana. House Bill 152 is designed to simplify the process for licensing more than 50 professions, including healthcare jobs.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Jan 17, 2023 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Medicaid Managed Care and Supporting Regulations; 2) Testing Experience and Functional Tools (TEFT): Functional Assessment Standardized Items (FASI) Based on the CARE Tool; 3) the Home Health Care CAHPS® Survey (HHCAHPS); and 4) Collection of Diagnostic Data in the Abbreviated RAPS Format. Comments are due by March 20, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 16, 2023 - A bill introduced in the Iowa House is the first step in setting up a state licensing process for Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs). If approved, the REH license would increase reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid patients treated in an emergency room, and could be a financial lifeline for more than 30 small Iowa hospitals .
Source: Radio Iowa
Jan 10, 2023 - Describes new two Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) studies, with findings drawn from KFF's Behavioral Health Survey of state Medicaid programs. The first study explores expansion of telehealth and of the types of providers who may be reimbursed for telehealth delivery of behavioral health services. The second examines strategies some state Medicaid programs are implementing to address the behavioral health workforce shortage.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Jan 5, 2023 - Announces new guidance that allows state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIPs) to pay specialists directly when a beneficiary's primary healthcare provider asks for advice. This links routine care with specialty care, allowing more people to benefit from practitioners with specialized knowledge.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 3, 2023 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Appointments are effective May 2023. Letters of nomination and resumes are due by January 26, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 30, 2022 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making typographical corrections to the November 3, 2022, final rule. This correction is effective December 30, 2022.
Source: Federal Register