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Resources by Topic: Policy

The Evolution of Private Plans in Medicare
Examines major policy changes affecting Medicare Advantage plans, and the impact of these policies on plan participation, enrollment, average premiums and cost-sharing, total costs to Medicare, and quality of care. Briefly discusses the challenges associate with providing risk-based plans in rural areas.
Author(s): Yash M. Patel, Stuart Guterman
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Medicaid Payment Policy for Federally Qualified Health Centers
Describes the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Medicaid, and highlights current policy issues related to Medicaid FQHC payment. Also discusses the Medicaid FQHC prospective payment system (PPS), alternative payment methodologies, how FQHCs participate in managed care networks, and states' desire for increased flexibility in setting FQHC payment rates.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Building Complex Care Programs: A Road Map for States
Provides guidance for state leaders who are working to establish and advance complex care programs, particularly for high-need, high-cost Medicaid patients. Shares lessons learned from the National Governors Association's work with multiple state and local complex care initiatives. Includes program details and considerations specific to rural areas.
Author(s): Sandra Wilkniss, Sonia Pandit, Flora Arabo, Sally Malone, Hemi Tewarso
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States
Shares strategies that states can use to reform their long-term services and supports (LTSS) framework, focusing on improving LTSS in two key areas: rebalancing LTSS to increase the proportion of LTSS provided in community-based settings, and integrating LTSS with physical and behavioral health services through managed care. Uses case studies to provide real-life examples of each strategy, and discusses rural-specific considerations throughout.
Author(s): Stephanie Anthony, Arielle Traub, Sarah Lewis, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Physician Supervision Requirements in Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
Provides background information on Medicare physician supervision requirements, and examines how enforcement of these requirements impacts access to care, quality of care, and recruitment efforts in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small rural hospitals. Findings are based on interviews with CMS officials, hospital association representatives, and CAH administrators in several states.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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The Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from States, Communities, and Providers
Video recording details the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the opioid epidemic. Features testimony detailing efforts to combat opioid addiction from representatives of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry; the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Distribution of Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments to Rural and Critical Access Hospitals
Information concerning potential effects of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment on rural hospitals in 47 states. Features statistics on hospital Medicaid DSH payments by census region, with breakdowns by urban, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Erin M. Mobley, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Telehealth Services Proposed for Medicare Part B Reimbursements, 2018: Fact Sheet
Identifies the five conditions that a telehealth service must meet in order to be covered by Medicare Part B, provides an overview of how telehealth services get added to Medicare's reimbursable list, and outlines proposed services that may be added for calendar year 2018.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Virtual Care Strategies
Discusses opportunities to use telehealth to improve healthcare access and delivery to vulnerable rural and urban communities. Includes recommendations from the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and details the benefits of telehealth services and potential policy solutions such as reimbursement, interaction of state and federal laws, broadband access, and federal research.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy
Presents a report on the causes, costs, and potential solutions to the drug, alcohol, and suicide crisis in the U.S. Includes national report, as well as state-level reports and other materials aimed at addressing the prevalence of suicide and drug and alcohol addiction across the country.
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Anne De Biasi, Jennifer L. Mueller, Consultant Kendra May, Molly Warren
Date: 11/2017
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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