Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - September 2014, Issue 1


In This Issue:

- Top News

..The Congressional Agenda is Light as the Focus Shifts to the Midyear Elections

..Physician Supervision Requirement for Small and Rural Hospitals

..CMS Offers Hospitals Temporary Relief from ALJ Case Backlog

..MedPAC Commissioners Discuss Short Hospital Stays, Consider Least-Costly Alternative for Part B Drugs

- Congressional Focus

..Houses Votes to Allow Non-ACA Compliant Group Plans until 2018

..House, Senate Pass IMPACT Act

- Regulatory Roundup

..District Court Dismisses AHA Re-billing Lawsuit

..HHS Secretary Reorganizes Department

..HHS Awards $60 Million in ACA Navigator Grants

..CMS Blocked from Awarding New RAC Contracts

..CMS Finalizes Meaningful Use Certification Requirements, Provides Additional Year for Compliance

..CMS Finalizes 2015 Health Plan Re-Enrollment Rule

- State Summary

..Kansas, Missouri Clinics Receive $9.6 Million in HRSA Funding

..California Sued over Medicaid Application Backlog

- Federal Register

- For More Information

- Excerpt from The Congressional Agenda is Light as the Focus Shifts to the Midyear Elections:

Congress has adjourned until after the November elections. Before adjourning, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government from the start of the 2015 fiscal year on Oct. 1 until December 11, 2014. The Continuing Resolution will fund the government at an annualized rate of $1.012 trillion. In addition, the resolution includes $88 million for government efforts to fight the Ebola virus. Due to the expiration date, the lame-duck Congress will need to either finalize FY 2015 spending or pass another continuing resolution. Polsinell’s Public Policy team will continue to monitor the situation.

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