The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a
proposed rule that would update proficiency testing and
referral requirements under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted
exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting, value-based
purchasing and payment programs to providers located in
Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, which have all been
designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as major
disaster areas (DR-4407)
due to the impact of the California wildfires.
Last week, CHA sent a
letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
outlining concerns about the use of Worksheet S-10 data in the
Medicare uncompensated care (UCC) payment distribution
methodology. CHA urged CMS to delay the current deadline for
cost report audits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed access
standards under the new Veterans Community Care Program, as
required by the MISSION Act of 2018. The VA also issued
rule that establishes a new benefit for veterans to access
urgent care services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
Part II of its 2020 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes
for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment
Policies and Draft Call letter. CMS proposes a 1.59 percent
increase to baseline Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2020.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced
Part D Payment Modernization model, available through the
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, for Part D and
Medicare Advantage (MA) drug plans beginning in January 2020.
Yesterday, CHA submitted
comments on the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC)
draft strategy to reduce regulatory and administrative burden
related to health information technology and electronic health
record (EHR) use.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation
269) that includes the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness
and Advancing Innovation Act. The measure reauthorized the
Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) at an increased amount,
including reserving a percentage of HPP funds for the purpose of
developing regional health care emergency preparedness and
response systems. CHA supports the measure and is hopeful
that the Senate will act soon.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Part I of its 2020 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for
Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment
Policies, including proposed updates to the risk adjustment model
for capitated payments for MA plans, as required by the
21st Century Cures Act.
CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle co-authored an
opinion editorial earlier this week with Anthony Wright,
executive director of Health Access California, about the threat
to health care access posed by the proposed federal “public
charge” rule. The article was published in Capitol
Weekly, a news publication focused on public policy and
CHA has submitted a joint
comment letter responding to the Department of Health Care
Services’ (DHCS) draft All Plan Letter and Provider Bulletin that
address duplicate discounts within the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
Consistent with the administration’s commitment to reduce burden
under its Meaningful Measures Initiative, the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a narrowed
list of 39 measures for future use in federal quality
reporting programs, the majority of which are clinician measures
under consideration for the Merit Based Incentive Payment System.
CHA has released
a summary — prepared by Health Policy Alternatives —
of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
proposed rule revising Medicaid managed care and Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP) regulations.
In an overwhelmingly positive development for California patients
and hospitals, this week the United Network for Organ Sharing
(UNOS) voted to change the way livers for transplantation are
This week, CHA and members of California’s transplant community
letter to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) board
concerning its upcoming decision on changes to liver
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a
proposed rule intended to provide Medicare Advantage and Part
D plans with more tools to negotiate lower drug prices. The
agency also issued a
fact sheet about the rule.
CHA has analyzed the Office of Management and Budget’s
Fall 2018 Unified Agenda for the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS), which provides a roadmap for federal
agencies’ current and future regulatory actions into 2019.
On Jan. 17, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Administrator Seema Verma joined a public webcast hosted by
the American Hospital Association to preview administration
efforts to reduce regulatory burden on hospitals.
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