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Health Care Update

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Upcoming Hearings and Markups. Excerpt from...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 26, 2014

Though Congress was in recess this past week, congressional staff was hard at work continuing to consider ways to prevent a cut to Medicare providers’ payment rates that will be triggered by the sustainable growth rate...more

Health Update - Feb 24, 2014: Manatt on Medicaid: Pennsylvania Submits Waiver Application for Approval to Implement ACA Medicaid...

On February 19, 2014, Pennsylvania submitted to CMS an application requesting approval under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion effective January 1, 2015....more

CMS Releases Long-Awaited Details for Sunshine Act Compliance

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the "Act") was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the purpose of promoting transparency between the medical industry and health care providers. It...more

Health Care Reform Update -- February 10, 2014

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from...more

Black and Blue Medicaid Budgets, the ACA, and the Fear of the Unknown…

The unknown is what creates fear, right? For example, my husband is scared of heights. It is not the “heights” per se that scare him. He says that when he is high up, he gets an abnormal and understandably disturbing sense...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),...more

The Affordable Care Act Comes Of Age

Since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, various provisions of the law have taken effect. However, its core pieces become effective this year....more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - December 19, 2013

The deadline to enroll in coverage for January 1 was officially extended by a week, but the new December 23 deadline is fast approaching, and premium payments are required to be paid by the last day of 2013 for January 2014...more

SPECIAL EDITION: CMS Approves Iowa’s Waivers to Implement ACA Medicaid Expansion

On December 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Iowa’s waivers to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion. The state plans to provide coverage for the new adult group...more

Fast Track to Coverage: Facilitating Enrollment of Eligible People into the Medicaid Expansion - Prepared for the Kaiser Family...

Beginning January 1, 2014, millions of low-income parents and other adults will become newly eligible for coverage in states implementing the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) expansion of Medicaid to adults with incomes at or...more

CMS Releases Study on Early Medicaid Expansions

CMS recently released the results of a study that analyzed the experiences of six “early expander” Medicaid states. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, these six states and...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - October 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..Judge Orders $237.4 Million Penalty Against Tuomey for Stark Law and False Claims Act Violations ..Glitches and Demand Lead to Marketplace Frustration ..HHS Delays Small...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 10, 2013

It is now the second week the exchanges have been open and the second week the government has been partially closed. The exchanges still have glitches, and Congress still has not agreed on a way to fund the government,...more

Insights on Arkansas’s “Private Option” Medicaid Expansion

On September 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Arkansas’s waiver to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion by using premium assistance to purchase QHPs in the Health...more

Healthcare Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Engaging Consumers to Improve Integrated Care Models - Integrated care is a growing trend in health reform, as states seek to improve care quality, health outcomes and patient satisfaction while containing healthcare...more

CMS Releases Final Rule Implementing Reductions of Federal Medicaid DSH Funding

On September 18, CMS published a final rule implementing reductions required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program. The Medicaid DSH program provides federal funding to...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 11, 2013

After spending the past month in their home districts listening to constituents, this week House and Senate members are back in Washington and Congress is back in session. Though the attention of many has turned to...more

CMS Issues Final Program Integrity Rule for Affordable Insurance Exchanges

On August 30, 2013, CMS published a final rule establishing certain program integrity requirements for the private health insurance marketplaces—called Affordable Insurance Exchanges (or Health Insurance...more

Health Care Reform Update -- August 26, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 26, 2013

In response to security concerns about personal information in the health insurance exchanges, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new security agreement for the data hubs where this information...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 12, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has historically led to annual decreases in physician payments that are fixed at the...more

Healthcare Regulation Update: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Enrollment Moratorium On New Home Health...

Last week, from July 23-25, the Home Care Association of Florida held its annual convention in Orlando, Florida. We were actively involved in the convention, and among the many discussions we participated in was the federal...more

Health Care Reform Update -- July 15th, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from...more

CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Eligibility Provisions, Appeals, and Related...

On July 5, 2013, CMS issued a final rule supplementing the Exchange final rule, reflecting new statutory eligibility provisions and implementing changes related to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...more

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