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Federal Health Policy Update for November 10

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for the week of November 7 to 10.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • CMS has published a notice advising teaching hospitals that they have until November 18 to ask Medicare to reconsider their per resident amounts or resident caps as shown in the Hospital Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) associated with cost reports that, as of July 1, 2022, were not reopenable.  Learn more from this CMS notice.
  • Due to an unplanned system outage of the No Surprises Act Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) portal on November 8 and 9, initiating parties may not have been able to submit a Notice of IDR Initiation webform, complete IDR entity selection responses via the webform, and/or submit their IDR Notice of Offer webform.  This system issue has now been resolved.  The Departments have granted a four-day extension for initiating parties to get the Notice of IDR Initiation webform to submit IDR payment disputes where the open negotiation period expired on November 8, 9, or 10; a four-day extension for non-initiating parties of affected disputes to gain access the IDR Entity

FEDERAL HEALTH POLICY UPDATE FOR November 3

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for the week of October 31 to November 3.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

Medicare Payment Regulations

In the past week CMS has published four regulations presenting how it will pay providers in the coming year.

FEDERAL HEALTH POLICY UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 20

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for the week of October 14 to October 20.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

  • President Biden has signed an executive order on lowering prescription drug costs.  The order directs HHS to consider additional actions to further drive down prescription drug costs, encourages it to pursue such actions through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and directs HHS to submit a formal report within 90 days outlining any plans to use CMMI’s authority to lower drug costs and promote access to innovative drug therapies for Medicare beneficiaries.  Find the executive order here and a fact sheet elaborating on that order here.
  • The White House has released a new “National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan for Countering Biological Threats, Enhancing Pandemic Preparedness, and Achieving Global Health Security.”  Find the plan here; learn more about its objectives and how the administration plans to go about fulfilling them from this White House news release; and about the role of the Department of Health and Human Services from this HHS news release.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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FEDERAL HEALTH POLICY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19-27

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for the week of September 19-27.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

The White House has issued a fact sheet summarizing new actions and funding to address the overdose epidemic and support recovery as part of its September “National Recovery Month.”

Learn more about these efforts and find a list of state opioid response grant awards from this administration fact sheet.  Some of these initiatives are described in greater detail below.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Providers that received one or more general or targeted payments exceeding $10,000 in

MACPAC Meets

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission met for two days last week in Washington, D.C.

Supporting the discussion were the following briefing papers:

MACPAC is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department  of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide variety of issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Find its web site here.…