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Jul 18, 2024 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of The Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers that wish to participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs. This approval is effective September 1, 2024 - September 1, 2030.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 16, 2024 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the approval of DNV Healthcare USA Inc. (DNV) as a national accrediting organization for psychiatric hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. This accreditation is effective July 30, 2024 - July 30, 2028.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 15, 2024 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on a revision of an information collection request titled "Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations for Insurance Affordability Programs and Enrollment through Health Benefits Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP Agencies." Information collected will be used to determine eligibility for coverage through the Marketplace and insurance affordability programs and assist consumers in enrolling in a qualified health plan, if eligible. Comments are due by August 14, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 11, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comments on the emergency reinstatement of a generic information collection umbrella titled "Generic Umbrella for Medicaid and CHIP State Plan, Waiver, and Program Submissions" and fifty individual generic information collections. Comments are due by July 16, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 10, 2024 - Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2025. This proposed rule would also update and refine the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program, Rural Emergency Hospital Quality Reporting (REHQR) Program, ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and proposes Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for obstetrical services. Among other things, this rule would request information on options being considered for future changes to the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating methodology and further information related to a Tribal Technical Advisory Group request to apply the Indian Health Service encounter rate to all outpatient tribal clinics. This proposed rule would also provide exceptions to the Medicaid clinic services benefit four walls requirement for Indian Health Service and Tribal clinics, and, at state option, for behavioral health clinics and clinics located in rural areas. Comments are due by September 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 8, 2024 - Discusses challenges faced by Maine rural hospitals and describes facilities' creative solutions to staffing shortages, reduced reimbursements, and lower margins. Includes statistics on operating margins at select Maine hospitals.
Source: Mainebiz
Jun 28, 2024 - Washington Senator Maria Cantwell cosponsored legislation aiming to increase rural hospitals' reimbursements through Medicaid, in order to help keep maternity wards open in rural Washington communities. The legislation would give rural hospitals and hospitals with a high percentage of births among Medicaid patients a 150% Medicaid reimbursement rate.
Source: Northwest Public Broadcasting
Jun 27, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical and typographical corrections to the May 10, 2024, final rule titled "Medicaid Program; Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services." The effective date of the Access final rule is July 9, 2024. This notice is effective July 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2024 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of receipt of an application from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments are due by July 29, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 24, 2024 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) making typographical corrections to the May 10, 2024, final rule titled "Medicaid Program; Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Access, Finance, and Quality." These corrections are effective July 9, 2024.
Source: Federal Register