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Federal Health Policy Update for Thursday, June 10

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

Health Policy News

  • The White House has released a memo titled “What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware.”  This memo addresses the growing number and size of ransomware incidents and calls upon government and the private sector to take steps to protect their organizations from this growing threat.  The memo also outlines the federal government’s recommended best practices.  Find the memo here.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19

  • To improve access to COVID-19 vaccines for the home-bound, CMS announced that Medicare will pay an additional $35 per dose for COVID-19 vaccine administration in a beneficiary’s home, increasing the total payment amount for at-home vaccination from approximately $40 to approximately $75 per vaccine dose.  For a two-dose vaccine this results in a total payment of approximately $150 for the administration of both doses, or approximately $70 more than the current rate.  For further information, see the following resources:

Health Policy Update for Tuesday, June 8

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

Health Policy News

  • The White House, HHS, HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the FDA have announced a series of policy recommendations to address vulnerabilities in U.S. pharmaceutical supply chains.  Under one of these recommendations, HHS, under the Defense Production Act and building on current public-private partnerships, will establish a public-private consortium for advanced domestic manufacturing of essential medicines production.  The consortium’s first task will be to select 50-100 critical drugs, drawn from the FDA’s essential medicines list, to be the focus of this effort.  HHS also will make an initial commitment of approximately $60 million from the American Rescue Plan to develop novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for active pharmaceutical ingredients.  Learn more about this initiative from the following resources:

Federal Health Policy Update for Thursday, June 3

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents.

White House

Health Policy News

  • Late last week the Biden administration released its proposed FY 2022 budget.  Most of the health care provisions had already been disclosed and discussed prior to the formal budget release.  For additional information about the proposed budget, see the following resources:

COVID-19

  • President Biden announced a “National Month of Action” to mobilize a drive to get 70 percent of U.S. adults at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4.  Throughout the month, national organizations, local government leaders, community-based and faith-based partners, businesses, employers, social media influencers, celebrities, athletes, colleges, young people, and thousands of volunteers across the nation will be asked to work together to get their communities vaccinated.  Learn more about the various facets of this campaign in this administration fact sheet.

Congress

  • Representative Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,

Medicare Beneficiaries Happier With Their Health Insurance Than Privately Insured

People who are enrolled in Medicare are happier with their health insurance than those with private health insurance, according to a recent JAMA report.

Researchers found that the privately insured had a more difficult time finding doctors, were less likely to have a personal physician, had to deal with higher medical costs, were more likely to have medical debt, were more likely not to fill prescriptions because of their cost, and were less satisfied with their care than people insured by Medicare.

The findings were true whether people purchased their own health insurance or had employer-sponsored insurance.

Learn more about how the privately insured, Medicare beneficiaries, and Medicaid beneficiaries view their health insurance and health care experiences in the Healthcare Dive article “Privately insured face worse access, higher costs than those in public plans: JAMA report.”…

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.

The White House

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.