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June 10, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration’s proposed budget goes against the last six years of precedent by not increasing the children’s hospital graduate medical education levels from this year’s enacted budget, Senate Appropriations subcommittee on HHS ranking Republican Roy Blunt (MO) said during a budget hearing Wednesday (June 9).

June 10, 2021 | Daily News

Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock told lawmakers Thursday (June 10) that FDA intends to have its domestic facility inspection program upgraded and fully running again by the end of summer 2021 for the first time since inspections were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 10, 2021 | Daily News

FDA released the final version of its rule modernizing the standard of identity for yogurt on Wednesday (June 9) after HHS highlighted the rule as high priority in its semi-annual regulatory agenda.

June 10, 2021 | Daily News

Congress should consider bipartisan policies to bolster home- and community-based services, Senate Finance Committee ranking Republican Mike Crapo (ID) said during a committee hearing on the HHS fiscal 2022 budget Thursday (June 10), but he is concerned that President Joe Biden’s proposal to invest $400 billion may come with labor reforms that could further harm the inpatient caregiving workforce.

June 10, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told lawmakers Wednesday (June 9) the department might soon take steps to curb non-ACA-compliant plans, including short-term plans, that beneficiary advocates and Democratic lawmakers say are proliferating the markets and harming consumers, but he again deferred to Congress to lay a path for a potential public option.

June 09, 2021 | Daily News

The first part of the highly anticipated rulemaking on the surprise billing legislation enacted late last year is now under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), surprising some stakeholders who expected CMS might miss early deadlines.

June 09, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told senators Wednesday (June 9) the $24 billion in remaining provider relief will not be subject to the June 30 spending deadline when it’s distributed, but previous relief does have a deadline.

June 09, 2021 | Daily News

Home- and community-based care stakeholders remain optimistic that Congress will pass President Joe Biden’s proposal to spend $400 billion on Medicaid home care as the White House shifts its infrastructure talks toward reaching a deal with a bipartisan group of senators that reportedly includes Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), an HCBS supporter, and others who have backed home care before.

June 09, 2021 | Daily News

California Rep. Ro Khanna (D) and 24 Democratic colleagues on Tuesday (June 8) reintroduced legislation to create a waiver giving states access to federal funding and regulatory flexibility needed to support universal health care coverage.

June 08, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told House Ways & Means Committee members Tuesday (June 8) his department will provide some flexibility on the June 30 provider relief spending deadline, but he offered few other details on an extension that hospitals, providers and lawmakers have been advocating for.

June 04, 2021 | Daily News

A group of 20 health care and insurance plan organizations are asking HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to allow Medicare Advantage plans to submit diagnoses from audio-only telehealth appointments for risk adjustment.

June 04, 2021 | Daily News

Nursing homes estimate more than 1,600 skilled nursing facilities could close in 2021 and disrupt residents’ care if HHS doesn’t distribute the remaining provider relief and extend its deadline to spend the relief from June 30 to Dec. 30, 2022.

June 03, 2021 | Daily News

Ways & Means oversight subcommittee Chair Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) is following up his recent hearing on private equity investment in health care by requesting the Government Accountability Office analyze the relationship between PE ownership and subsequent bankruptcies over the past 10 to 15 years.

June 03, 2021 | Daily News

The coalition promoting value-based insurance design is applauding bipartisan House legislation that would codify IRS’s criteria for HSA-linked high-deductible plans to pay for care management services prior to the deductible.

June 02, 2021 | Daily News

Counties, cities and mayors are asking Congress to reject the Republican proposal to repurpose COVID-19 relief funds allocated under the American Rescue Plan to pay for an infrastructure package.

June 02, 2021 | Daily News

Congress has expressed support for continuing telehealth flexibilities after the pandemic but has yet to pass legislation, spurring a handful of states to move ahead with their own laws regulating audio-only services, cross-state licensing, payment parity and more, according to policy watchers.

June 01, 2021 | Daily News

The Center for Medicare Advocacy said Thursday (May 27) nursing homes penalized by CMS for infection prevention and control deficiencies should not have been eligible for the $2 billion in provider relief incentive payments, but nursing homes said excluding certain facilities would only hurt residents.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

Under President Joe Biden’s fiscal 2022 budget, Medicaid would see an additional $49.6 billion compared to fiscal 2021, though the only Medicaid proposal with a new funding request is for home- and community-based services.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

CMS wants to create a dedicated $25 million health equity pot so it can implement two of the Biden administration’s executive orders that direct agencies to identify systemic barriers to their programs and address the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

The eight states where CMS launched its Medicare prior authorization innovation model for repetitive non-emergency ambulance transport saved $746 million and reduced transport by 70%, an independent review of the pilot found, but the researchers warned that the prior authorization policy likely wouldn’t wring similar savings from states outside the demonstration, and it could hurt patient care.

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