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April 14, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration should administratively reform Medicare to prevent market consolidation, improve cost transparency, boost site-neutral payments and increase the number of mandatory alternative payment models, among other changes, Consumers First, a coalition of beneficiary, union and employer-sponsored insurance advocates, said Tuesday (April 13).

April 13, 2021 | Daily News

The House late Tuesday (April 13) overwhelming passed legislation to stave off a 2% Medicare sequester cut, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk.

April 13, 2021 | Daily News

Brand drug makers are now open to ending some patent-gaming industry practices, including “product hopping” and possibly “patent thicketing,” and lowering Medicare reimbursement to doctors for administering drugs, according to a legislative agenda released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Tuesday (April 13).

April 13, 2021 | Daily News

Brand drug makers are now open to ending some patent-gaming industry practices, including “product hopping” and possibly “patent thicketing,” and rebating Medicare for Part B drugs, according to a legislative agenda released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Tuesday (April 13).

April 12, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra approved the department’s first 1115 wavier that will let a state extend their Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to one year after an enrollee gives birth and, at the same time, HHS announced it’s expanding a program meant to help new mothers access care in rural communities, investing $12 million over the next four years.

April 12, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra approved the department’s first 1115 wavier that will let a state extend their Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to one year after an enrollee gives birth and, at the same time, HHS announced it’s expanding a program meant to help new mothers access care in rural communities, investing $12 million over the next four years.

April 12, 2021 | Daily News

Health policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities say Congress should continue to build off the Affordable Care Act and include in its next legislative package policies that target low-income Americans who still struggle to pay for care despite the help included in the law.

April 09, 2021 | Daily News

The House Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Friday (April 9) floated its priorities for the next legislative package, which include lowering Medicare’s eligibility age and expanding the program’s benefits, and paying for the reforms with savings from policies it advocates to cut drug costs.

April 09, 2021 | Daily News

CMS plans to reinstate on May 10 three nursing homes requirements waived due to the pandemic, including one that eliminated the advance notice that facilities must give patients before moving them, but the agency plans to continue the nurse aide training and certification waiver that lawmakers and patient advocates have said are no longer necessary.

April 08, 2021 | Daily News

Hospitals are calculating whether it would be better for them to immediately repay their Medicare loans or have the payments taken out of their claims after CMS announced it’s beginning to recoup payments under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program.

April 06, 2021 | Daily News

The Democratic leaders of congressional health care committees are asking HHS to make sure consumers that receive the six months of fully subsidized COBRA coverage available under the American Rescue Plan can enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan once the COBRA benefits end.

April 06, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra faces a barrage of competing issues arising out of the pandemic, but children’s health care advocates’ priorities center around one central idea: thinking about kids first.

April 05, 2021 | Daily News

The Senate parliamentarian on Monday agreed that Democrats have at least one more shot at passing legislation via a simple majority this calendar year by revising the 2021 budget resolution.

April 02, 2021 | Daily News

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission staff estimate CMS’ policy of basing Medicare laboratory pay rates on commercial-payer rates will save 24% on average once it is fully implemented, but they say the savings will vary based on the test type and warn independent labs’ overrepresentation in the data collection might skew rates to the lower end and affect patient access.

April 01, 2021 | Daily News

LeadingAge on Thursday (April 1) released a wishlist for Congress’ upcoming infrastructure package that includes a permanent 10% increase in the federal Medicaid matching funds for both home- and community-based and nursing home services.

April 01, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration wants to increase access to medications for opioid use disorder and expand access to recovery support services, among a host of other reforms aimed at addressing the country’s resurging overdose and addiction epidemic, according to a Drug Control Policy statement released Thursday (April 1).

March 31, 2021 | Daily News

Rural providers are pushing Congress to include increased broadband access, health care workforce support and capital improvement funds in the infrastructure package instead of more provider relief -- stakeholders say it’s up to HHS to ensure the $8.5 billion in relief lawmakers recently allocated for rural providers is useable.

March 31, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration on Wednesday (March 31) unveiled a proposal to invest $30 billion over a four-year period in U.S. pandemic preparedness and response efforts that include shoring up the Strategic National Stockpile, developing and fielding tests and therapeutics for emerging outbreaks, and developing prototype vaccines through phase 1 and 2 trials.

March 30, 2021 | Daily News

A bicameral group of Democrats reinserted another version of the public option into the mix, reintroducing a bill that would require HHS to create a public option to complete on the individual market.

March 30, 2021 | Daily News

CMS will hold Medicare claims “for a short period” after April 1 so that providers don’t see the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts go into effect before lawmakers take final action to extend the moratorium on those cuts.

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