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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: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Hospital and Extended Care Services Coinsurance Amounts Federal Register
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in calendar year 2019 under Medicare's Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). These rates are effective on January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; CY 2019 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement Federal Register
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2019. This premium is effective on January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rates, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2019 Federal Register
Oct 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the monthly actuarial rates for beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2019. It also announced the monthly premium, the deductible for 2019, and income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold amounts. These rates are effective as of January 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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The Drive To Quality And Access In Rural Health
Oct 17, 2018 - Focuses on the role quality measurement plays for rural participation in quality improvement initiatives and the relationship between access to care and quality in rural areas. Features the efforts of the National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership Rural Health Workgroup, which recently identified a core set of quality measures to help address the unique needs of rural providers.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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Census Bureau: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; The American Community Survey Federal Register
Oct 16, 2018 - The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking public comment on the American Community Survey and related burden estimates, ways to improve the quality, utility, and clarity of information collected, and whether the information has practical utility. 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: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program Federal Register
Oct 15, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on a re-established matching program between CMS and each State-Based Administering Entity (AE) titled, "Determining Eligibility for Enrollment in Applicable State Health Subsidy Programs Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." This program will allow CMS to provide information, including information it received from other federal agencies, to AEs to assist with applicant information verification for determining eligibility. It will also allow sharing of information between CMS and AEs, as well as among different AEs, to prevent dual enrollment. Comments accepted through November 14, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles
Oct 12, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B for 2019. A fact sheet on these items is available.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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