Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - December 2013

In This Issue:

- Top News

..CMS Releases Payment Rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, Renal Dialysis and Home Health

..President Signs the Drug Quality and Safety Act Reforming the Regulation of Compounding Pharmacies and Establishing a New Voluntary Program for the FDA to Regulate Entities Engaged in Compounding

..CMS Declares Overhauled and Repair Goals Reached

..Obama Administration Expands the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period for Coverage Beginning on January 1, 2014; Small Business Enrollment Delayed to 2015

..Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Women’s Preventive Services Mandate

- State News

..States Wrestle with Medicare Expansion

..Results Mixed for State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges

..State Governments Weigh Options in Deciding Whether to Embrace Obama’s Fix for Cancelled Plans

- Regulatory News

..Florida Court Finds Stark Law Referral Prohibitions Apply to Medicaid, Allows FCA Suit to Proceed

..Hospital RAC records requests increased 13% between first and third quarters of 2013

..HHS issues Proposed Rule Related to Premium Credits, Other Payment Parameters and Oversight Provisions

..Four Next-Generation Gene Sequencing Devices Approved by FDA

..FDA Does Not Support Congressional Action to Regulate Mobile Medical Devices

- Additional Reading

- Federal Register

- For More Information

- Excerpt from CMS Releases Payment Rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, Renal Dialysis and Home Health:

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: CMS released the Final Rule with Comment Period for the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on November 27, 2013. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2013. Comments in response to the rule are due on January 27, 2014. The Final Rule sets payment rates for services provided by physicians, non-physician practitioners, and other suppliers for services paid for under the physician fee schedule.

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