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Federal Health Policy Update for Friday, July 30

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Friday, July 30.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

Final Medicare Payment Regulations for FY 2022

CMS has published four final rules for Medicare payments in FY 2022:

(See also CMS’s fact sheet)

(See also CMS’s fact sheet)

(See also CMS’s fact sheet)

(See also CMS’s fact sheet)

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Federal Health Policy Update for Wednesday, May 19

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

NASH Advocacy

  • NASH has written to all members of Congress urging them to contact Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra about directing more of its remaining CARES Act Provider Relief Fund money to private safety-net hospitals to help them serve their diverse, predominantly low-income communities during the COVID-19 emergency.  Go here to see NASH’s message to Congress.

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COVID-19

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Health Policy News

  • CMS has updated documents in support of a 2016 regulation that seeks to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters.  These updated documents combine excerpts from the final rule, the interpretive guidelines, and revisions from CMS to provide a consolidated overview document for the facilities that must comply with the rule. 

Earmarks are Back and Hospitals are Lining Up for Them

After an absence of 10 years federal earmarks are back and hospitals and health systems are asking their members of Congress for funding for equipment, facility improvements, expansion, and more.

Each member of Congress may submit requests for up to ten earmarks, and the House Appropriations Committee has released the requests made of it by House members on behalf of their constituents.  All told, Congress plans to spend $14 billion on earmarked projects, with only non-profit entities eligible to receive them.

Among the requests released by the House Appropriations Committee are earmarks for procedure rooms, pediatric MRIs, ultrasound equipment, linear accelerators, CT scanners, simulation equipment, catheterization lab expansion, community and rural clinic expansion, new and improved mobile care units, and more.

Learn more about the return of federal earmarks and the projects for which hospitals and health systems are seeking funding in the Fierce Healthcare article “Nonprofit hospitals and health systems want funding for new equipment, expansions in congressional earmarks.”…

Hospitals Starting to Comply With Price Transparency Requirement

One out of every three hospitals is in full compliance with a federal mandate to post payer rates publicly and transparently.

And many others are partially in compliance with the federal requirement that took effect on January .

Full compliance requires that the postings are machine-readable and include payer-negotiated rates for 300 “shoppable services.”  2000 of 6000 hospitals are already meeting four of five federal criteria and about 20 percent appear to be on their way to doing so.

Hospitals began working to comply with the new federal mandate when their attempt to block it in court failed.

Learn more about how hospitals are responding to the mandate to move toward price transparency in the Fierce Healthcare article “Analysis:  Roughly 2,000 hospitals fully compliant with new price transparency rule.”

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Oregon Establishes Community Benefit Levels for Hospitals

Individual hospitals will need to meet specific community benefit requirements to retain their non-profit status under a new program in the state of Oregon.

As described in a news release from the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services,

Each tax-exempt hospital or hospital system in the state will receive a floor for community benefit spending based on their revenues, prior expenditures, financial health, and the needs of the population served. 

As part of the program,

The bill created new standards for financial assistance to patients including increasing the income thresholds for charity care, limited medical debt collection and interest, instituted new data reporting requirements, and introduced a new community benefit minimum spending floor program.

Learn more about Oregon’s attempt to require hospitals to prove their worthiness for their non-profit status from this news release from the state’s Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority and a document explaining the state’s methodology for calculating individual  hospitals’ community benefit requirements.…