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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulation to Require Drug Pricing Transparency Federal Register
Oct 18, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would revise Federal Health Insurance Programs for the Aged and Disabled by amending the Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D programs, as well as the Medicaid program, to require direct-to-consumer television advertisements of prescription drugs and biological products for which payment is available through or under Medicare or Medicaid to include the Wholesale Acquisition Cost of the product. This is in an effort to allow beneficiaries to make informed decisions and minimize cost for themselves as well as for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments are due by December 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Proposes to Require Manufacturers to Disclose Drug Prices in Television Ads
Oct 15, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed requiring that prescription drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid include the Wholesale Acquisition Cost of the drugs in direct-to-consumer television advertisements. This proposed rule is intended to increase transparency and to lower drug prices.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Acts to Help with Hurricane Michael Emergency Response
Oct 11, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that healthcare facilities and providers in Georgia can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Michael by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Takes Steps to Help with Hurricane Michael Emergency Response
Oct 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to ensure that healthcare facilities and providers in Florida can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of Hurricane Michael by waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements. CMS has also created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Federal Register
Oct 10, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is withdrawing the September 17, 2018 notice related to the Medicaid Statistical Information System because it was prematurely published. A revised notice will be published at a later date.
Source: Federal Register
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Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options
Oct 4, 2018 - Discusses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, opioid legislation recently approved by both houses of Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump. Two provisions in particular are expected to be especially helpful to people dealing with opioid use disorder. One would allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities, and the other would allow Medicare to pay for methadone treatment.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Better Data Will Serve as the Foundation in Modernizing the Medicaid Program
Oct 2, 2018 - Blog post for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Discusses how improved collection and use of data on Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will allow CMS to improve health outcomes as well as program integrity.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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GAO: Rural Hospital Closures Increasing, South Hardest Hit
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a new analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on rural hospital closures. Rural hospital closures disproportionately occurred in the South, among for-profit hospitals, and among organizations with a Medicare-dependent hospital payment designation. Just 17% of rural hospital closures were in states that expanded Medicaid as of April 2018. Also touched on efforts to address rural hospital closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Sep 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on a currently approved information collection titled “Medicaid Program: Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.” Comments are due by November 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Medicaid Expansion Particularly Helped Rural Areas, Small Towns, Report Finds
Sep 26, 2018 - Details a new report by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and the University of North Carolina's NC Rural Health Project which found that Medicaid expansion has been especially beneficial to low-include adults in small towns and rural areas. Links lower uninsured rates to greater access to care for individuals, more reliable funding sources for hospitals, and less uncompensated care.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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