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Medicaid and Rural Health News

News stories from the past 60 days.

CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2016 National Health Expenditures
Dec 6, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary has released a study on overall national health spending. The study includes spending growth trends for private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, and out-of-pocket consumer costs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Massachusetts Grabs Spotlight By Proposing New Twist On Medicaid Drug Coverage
Nov 21, 2017 - Highlights the Massachusetts state Medicaid program's demonstration proposal, submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposal would allow the state to negotiate discounts for prescription drugs and to exclude drugs with limited treatment value. Discusses possible ramifications if this proposal were approved and implemented.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Speech: Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) 2017 Fall Conference
Nov 7, 2017 - Speech given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seem Verma at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) 2017 Fall Conference. Discusses intentions to increase flexibility for state Medicaid plans, including allowing states to require physically capable individuals to be working, volunteering, or attending school or job training in order to qualify for Medicaid, among other things.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS: Medicaid Program; Final FY 2015 and Preliminary FY 2017 Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments, and Final FY 2015 and Preliminary FY 2017 Institutions for Mental Diseases Disproportionate Share Hospital Limits Federal Register
Nov 3, 2017 - Announces the final federal share Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotments for fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the preliminary federal share DSH allotments for FY 2017. This notice also describes the methodology used to determine amounts of states' FY DSH allotments.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Announces New Medicaid Policy to Combat the Opioid Crisis by Increasing Access to Treatment Options
Nov 1, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new policy allowing states to design demonstration projects to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). This announcement also includes the immediate approval of demonstration waivers for New Jersey and Utah under this new policy.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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CMS OKs Iowa Medicaid Waiver That Worried Hospitals
Oct 30, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a waiver that will allow Iowa to end retroactive coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries. Providers had been able to bill Medicaid for services provided in the three months before the patient applied for Medicaid as long as the patient was eligible in that time. Hospitals have expressed concern at the change, which may increase the amount of bad debt they carry, while proponents argue that this will encourage people to maintain coverage even when healthy. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Approval of an Application From the Joint Commission (TJC) for Continued CMS Approval of Its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation Program Federal Register
Oct 27, 2017 - Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to approve the Joint Commission's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that wish to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. The Joint Commission's new term takes effect November 21, 2017, and runs through November 21, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances-July Through September 2017 Federal Register
Oct 27, 2017 - Quarterly listing of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and Federal Register notices published from July through September, 2017. Also includes contact information for general questions or additional information about a specific section.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by Community Health Accreditation Partner for Continued CMS Approval of Its Home Health Agency Accreditation Program Federal Register
Oct 20, 2017 - Acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for home health agencies (HHAs) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments regarding the continued recognition of CHAP must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 20, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 12/7/2017