Missouri ’s Medicaid Expansion Is On Again
But the tortuous path it ’s taken highlights the obstacles in expanding the low-income health program in other states where it has not been welcomed. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 23, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Medicaid Missouri Referendums Decisions and Verdicts Source Type: news

Supreme Court rules for Missourians seeking Medicaid expansion
The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a state-court ruling saying Gov. Mike Parson's administration acted appropriately in declining to expand Medicaid eligibility, and directed the lower court to rule in favor of plaintiffs who sought to force the government to expand the health program. The court, in a unanimous ruling, said that although the Legislature chose not to fund expansion of the state's Medicaid program, the Parson administration, through its Department of Social Services (DSS),… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Jacob Kirn Source Type: news

Supreme Court rules for Missourians seeking Medicaid expansion
The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a state-court ruling saying Gov. Mike Parson's administration acted appropriately in declining to expand Medicaid eligibility, and directed the lower court to rule in favor of plaintiffs who sought to force the government to expand the health program. The court, in a unanimous ruling, said that although the Legislature chose not to fund expansion of the state's Medicaid program, the Parson administration, through its Department of Social Services (DSS),… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jacob Kirn Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Meetings: Medicare Program: Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing a virtual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment for 2021 on August 23, 2021. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, as well as supervision of hospital outpatient therapeutic services. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on thePanel's website one week before the meeting. Comment an...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Insurers must now cover cost of PrEP pill that prevents HIV-negative people from getting virus
In new guidance released on Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said health insurers must cover the cost of daily PrEP pills, including copays and deductibles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ChristianaCare, BayHealth and Highmark BCBS unite to offer Medicare Advantage plan
The Medicare Advantage plan will need the approval of the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Feds Recover Nearly $2B From Various Healthcare Fraud Cases Feds Recover Nearly $2B From Various Healthcare Fraud Cases
A new report from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program outlines various instances of fraud, including against Medicare and Medicaid.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

CMS changes to RO Model draw ASTRO's ire
A proposal by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to mak...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASTRO commits to October in-person annual meeting in Chicago ASTRO survey finds rise in advanced-stage cancer ASTRO lauds Biden's CMS administrator nomination CMS to delay start of RO Model for radiation therapy CMS releases new payment model for radiation oncology (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 21, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS); 2) Transitional Pass-through payments related to Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceuticals to determine eligibility under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System; and 3) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS). Comments are due by August 20, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How COVID-19 Long Haulers Could Change the U.S. Disability Benefits System
When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S. in March 2020, McKale Santin was working at a nursing home in Burlington, Vermont. She and her coworkers didn’t yet know how deadly the virus would become, but she remembers feeling nervous as the first patients got sick and she was asked to examine them with only a surgical mask, not the more protective N95 mask that she wore to test for conditions like tuberculosis. One day, a patient pulled down her own mask to sneeze while Santin was conducting a respiratory assessment. Soon after, the woman became one of Vermont’s first people to die from COVID-19—and Santin...
Source: TIME: Health - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

Americans ’ Medical Debts Are Bigger Than Was Known, Totaling $140 Billion
A new study finds that health care has become the country ’s largest source of debt in collections. Those debts are largest where Medicaid wasn’t expanded. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Medicaid Health Insurance and Managed Care Debt Collection Credit and Debt States (US) Finances United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Medicare Collection Agency Sets Sights on Asbestos Trusts
A prominent Medicare services collection agency is taking aim at an estimated 60 viable asbestos trust funds, citing a failure to divulge settlement payments and deliver reimbursement to providers for health care services. Asbestos trusts are designed to compensate victims of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, most notably malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer with no definitive cure. MSP Recovery LLC, a leading Medicare/Medicaid recovery specialist, filed the first lawsuit last week against the J.T. Thorpe Settlement Trust, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. J.T. Thorpe Inc. is a former indus...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 20, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

High Medicaid Claims Denial Affecting Doc Participation: Study High Medicaid Claims Denial Affecting Doc Participation: Study
Physicians are less likely to take Medicaid patients in states where they lose a higher portion of potential revenue because of denials and billing costs.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - July 19, 2021 Category: Cardiology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

As health systems brace for change, will North Carolina get Medicaid transformation or deformation?
As North Carolina prepares to go from one Medicaid payer to five, the state and health insurers expect a smooth transition. But health-care providers are raising concerns for the roughly 2.6 million people enrolled in program. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 19, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sonia Waraich Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Price Transparency, Access to Care, Safety & Health Equity
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed anew rule to address the health equity gap, including actions to promote price transparency, improve access to emergency care in rural areas, increase Medicare beneficiary safety, and use lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to improve patient experiences and outcomes. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 19, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

As NC health systems brace for change, will state get Medicaid transformation or deformation?
As North Carolina prepares to go from one Medicaid payer to five, the state and health insurers expect a smooth transition. But health care providers are preparing for a different reality, raising concerns for the roughly 2.6 million people enrolled in the program. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sonia Waraich Source Type: news

More Americans Gaining Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Race Matters
THURSDAY, July 15, 2021 -- Opioid addiction treatment has become more widely available to Medicaid recipients under the Affordable Care Act, but Black patients are much less likely than white patients to get that treatment, a new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 15, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Proposed 2022 MPFS includes radiology payment cuts
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 13 released a propose...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACR urges Congress to boost MPFS payments by $3B for 2022 How will MPFS changes affect your radiology practice? Congressional spending bill eases 2021 MPFS cuts Lawmakers seek to offset MPFS cuts with $3B injection ACR urges Congress to stop Medicare cuts (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 14, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Rx Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Up Among Medicaid Enrollees
There are still considerable gaps in medication care, with Black enrollees having lower use than Whites (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - July 14, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Wisconsin Submits Plan to Enhance and Improve Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) hassubmitted a plan to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to improve and enhance Wisconsin ’s home and community-based services under Medicaid. DHS estimates it will receive approximately $350 million under this part of ARPA. Key components of the plan that support Wisconsin’s caregiving workforce include increasing rates for home and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

CMS to analyze coverage of monoclonal antibody Alzheimer's drug
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct a nationa...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: fMRI shows dementia patients' brain response to music New Alzheimer's definition relies on imaging biomarkers DTI-MRI ties lack of fitness to cognitive decline Flortaucipir-PET could lead in early Alzheimer's detection ACR revises Appropriateness Criteria (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 14, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Rx Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Up Among Medicaid Enrollees
WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2021 -- The prevalence of medication use for treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) increased from 2014 through 2018 among U.S. Medicaid enrollees in 11 states, according to a study published July 13 in the Journal of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Florida applies for $1.1 billion in additional Medicaid funds
Florida's decision to seek such a large influx of federal cash for health care programs runs counter to previous years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 14, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: CY 2022 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Provider Enrollment Regulation Updates; Provider and Supplier Prepayment and Post-payment Medical Review Requirements
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes to the following: 1) Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B payment policies; 2) Medicare Shared Savings Program requirements; 3) updates to the Quality Payment Program; 4) Medicare coverage of opioid use disorder services furnished by opioid treatment programs; 5) updates to certain Medicare provider enrollment policies; 6) requirements for prepayment and post-payment medical review activities; 7) requirements for electronic prescribing for controlled substances for a covered Part D drug under a p...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Florida applies for $1.1 billion in additional Medicaid funds
Florida's decision to seek such a large influx of federal cash for health care programs runs counter to previous years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Florida applies for $1.1 billion in additional Medicaid funds
Florida's decision to seek such a large influx of federal cash for health care programs runs counter to previous years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 13, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

A New Postpartum Depression Drug Could Lead to a Revolution in Treating Women ’s Mental Health Issues
About one in seven women who give birth in the U.S. experience postpartum depression—a condition that can leave them exhausted, make it difficult for them to bond with their babies, and even generate thoughts of suicide. Left untreated, the condition can become chronic and interfere with the development of suffering mothers’ babies. It also takes a toll on society at large; untreated maternal mental health conditions cost the U.S. more than $14 billion a year, according to a 2019 study from Mathematica, a social policy research firm. Despite this, many women struggling with postpartum depression do not receive ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

CMS: Announcement of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) July 28, 2021 Virtual Meeting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) will hold a virtual public meeting on July 28, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to thedesignated federal official by July 14, 2021. Agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership; recap of the May 2021 meeting; discussion of CMS programs, initiatives, and priorities; and more.Registration is required by July 14, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule in CMS's annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) that recommends steps to build upon Medicare and improve health equity gaps worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations include expanding access to behavioral healthcare via telehealth; enhancing diabetes prevention programs; and improving the Quality Payment Program (QPP). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Filling the Medicaid Gap with a Public Option
An Urban Institute brief provides comparison of three reform options for filling the Medicaid gap based on Marketplace benchmarks versus when they are available through a public option. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - July 13, 2021 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Holahan J Tags: Health Disparities Health Care Coverage and Access Source Type: news

Senators seek Medicaid-like plan to cover holdout states
Three Democratic U.S. senators from states that have refused to expand Medicaid want the federal government to set up a mirror plan to provide health insurance coverage to people in those states (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lower socioeconomic factors are associated with higher mortality in patients with septic shock
Background: Previous studies have explored the relationship between socioeconomic status and sepsis outcomes OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this investigation is to determine if race, ethnicity, economic stability, neighborhood environment, and access to health care are predictive of mortality in patients with septic shock.; Methods: Retrospective study of septic shock patients admitted to two medical centers.; Results: Caucasian patients had higher proportion of outpatient physician visits in the year prior to admission and were less likely to be Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. Thirty-day mortality was lower for the Cauca...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing; Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theMay 3, 2021, final rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals With Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, and End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes related to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) payments for calendar year 2022 and proposing updates to the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Also includes proposed updated requirements for the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 31, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

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Expanding Medicaid eligibility in the 14 remaining states under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) would lead to the creation of more than 1 million jobs nationwide.        (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Newsroom - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

San Antonio physician ’s assistant, clinic owner admits to fraud, kickback scheme, US Attorney’s Office says
A physician ’s assistant in San Antonio has pleaded guilty to Medicaid and Medicare fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: KSAT Source Type: news

San Antonio physician ’s assistant, clinic owner admits to fraud, kickback scheme, US Attorney’s Office says
A physician ’s assistant in San Antonio has pleaded guilty to Medicaid and Medicare fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: KSAT Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Three Year Extension and Changes to Episode Definition and Pricing; Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making technical corrections to theMay 3, 2021, final rule. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Standards; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) making technical corrections to theMay 5, 2021, final rule. Corrections are effective July 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Covid vaccines, Medicaid expansion and more: What was discussed during top US health official's stop in NC
A group of local stakeholders gathered at a roundtable discussion at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy on Wednesday with Xavier Becerra, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

CMS: Basic Health Program; Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2022
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing the federal payment methodology for states establishing a Basic Health Program offering health benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. This methodology is effective January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Requirements and Proposed Model Expansion; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements; Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs; Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program Requirements; and Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the home health and home infusion therapy services payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2022. This rule also proposes changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP), making permanent selected regulatory waivers related to home health aide supervision implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, and expanding the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model. Also discusses survey and enforcement requirements for hospice programs and quality reporting program requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-te...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 7, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Florida Medicaid dispute
Agency for Health Care Administration attorneys argued there could be major financial ramifications if an appellate ruling is changed. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 6, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jim Saunders Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Standards; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) making technical corrections to theMay 5, 2021, final rule. Corrections are effective July 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Basic Health Program: Federal Funding Methodology for Program Year 2022
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing the federal payment methodology for states establishing a Basic Health Program offering health benefits to low-income individuals that would be eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges. This methodology is effective January 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 6, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Florida Medicaid dispute
Agency for Health Care Administration attorneys argued there could be major financial ramifications if an appellate ruling is changed. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 5, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jim Saunders Source Type: news

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Florida Medicaid dispute
Agency for Health Care Administration attorneys argued there could be major financial ramifications if an appellate ruling is changed. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 5, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jim Saunders Source Type: news

Costs Watched as Medicaid Managed Care Begins in N. Carolina Costs Watched as Medicaid Managed Care Begins in N. Carolina
After 6 years of preparations and delays, most of North Carolina's Medicaid recipients switched over to managed care.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - July 2, 2021 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment regarding an information collection to inform an evaluation of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC). The purpose of NQIIC is to support quality improvement efforts across settings and programs for maximum impact to healthcare and value to taxpayers. Comments are due by August 2, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, and End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making changes related to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) payments for calendar year 2022 and proposing updates to the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI). Also includes proposed updated requirements for the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due August 31, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news