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April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration slammed an HHS Office of Inspector General report released Monday (April 6) that found hospitals are facing significant challenges with medical supplies, protective gear and COVID-19 testing.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The country’s second COVID-19 stimulus law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will increase the federal deficit by $192 billion through 2030, mostly over the next two years, and the largest health-related expenditure is due to the increased federal match rate for Medicaid that doesn’t account for increased enrollment during the downturn, according to an initial estimate from the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Thursday (April 2) approved two chapters outlining ways such as value-based purchasing that Medicaid could be used to improve maternal health, including for beneficiaries with substance use disorders, although the chapters to be included in the commission’s June report to Congress don’t make recommendations.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

Following HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s announcement that a part of the $100 billion hospital fund in the CARES Act will be used to reimburse treatment for uninsured COVID-19 patients, Democratic leaders called for legislation that would ensure all patients can get cost-free care, and from any provider, not just from hospitals.

April 03, 2020 | Daily News

Utah suspended its Medicaid work requirements on Friday (April 3), citing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the state’s economy. Utah had been the only state with an active work requirement program.

April 03, 2020 | Daily News

CMS told states on Thursday (April 2) that they have various ways to use federal Medicaid funds to expand telehealth treatments of substance use disorders -- and the agency advised that these telehealth options may be useful during the COVID-19 crisis.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission indicated Thursday (April 2) that it will closely monitor lessons learned in Medicaid after the coronavirus pandemic is over, including how Medicaid expansion states fared over non-expansion states.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

Congress’ Medicaid advisers voted in favor what staff called modest but important recommendations to improve care for beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid -- one would create a special enrollment period for duals eligible for Medicare-Medicaid plans and another would propose Congress provide states with funding to put integrated care models in place.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

Anthem said Wednesday (April 1) it would waive cost-sharing for all treatments related to the COVID-19 diagnosis through May 31, the fourth major insurer to make such a decision in recent weeks.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

CMS has agreed to withhold federal Medicaid reimbursements to states in cases where providers are serving Medicaid beneficiaries without being enrolled in state programs after an HHS Office of Inspector General report found 23 states hadn’t enrolled all providers as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

Nearly 1,000 providers that were kicked out of Medicaid due to criminal convictions, licensure problems and other misconduct still received Medicaid payments or remained enrolled in state Medicaid programs, according to a report released Wednesday (April 1) by the HHS Office of Inspector General.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Wednesday (April 1) opened the comment period for an 1115 waiver submitted in February by New Jersey that would extend Medicaid coverage for beneficiaries for 180 days after they give birth.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget concluded its review of a proposed rule to impose penalties on those who violate the 21st Century Cures Act’s ban on information blocking.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association called on HHS on Tuesday (March 31) to immediately dispense the $100 billion allocated to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund by the third coronavirus stimulus package directly to hospital providers using Medicare Administrative Contractors.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai on Monday (March 30) proposed using $200 million allocated by Congress for a grant program for hospitals and health system providers aiming to use telehealth in their COVID-19 response.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate health committees Friday (March 27) said they’ll fight to include in the next stimulus package a number of proposals aimed at expanding access to affordable health insurance and making COVID-19 vaccines and treatments free for all patients.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The HHS Office for Civil Rights on Saturday (March 28) issued a bulletin reminding providers that discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and religion are prohibited in HHS-funded programs, while noting the office has already received several complaints as providers react to COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The House passed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27) and it now goes to the president’s desk.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

President Donald Trump signed a third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday (March 27), just hours after the House passed it.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

Health insurers are looking to future stimulus bills after the latest Senate COVID-19 response bill, which is on track to clear the House, didn’t include key marketplace stabilization measures requested by the industry -- even though many of insurers’ proposals made it into the House Democratic bill unveiled earlier this week.

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