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August 11, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Tuesday (Aug. 11) gave details on its new rural health model, previously laid out in a recent executive order, and said the demo will have a track for rural communities and a track for accountable care organizations, with the first applications likely opening in September.

August 11, 2020 | Daily News

At a White House roundtable on Tuesday (Aug. 11), CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency continues to examine policies around audio-only telehealth and touted an upcoming regulation on using telehealth for physician supervision purposes.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

California’s Department of Health Care Services on Aug. 1 implemented a first-in-the-nation program that allows low-income beneficiaries who became eligible for Medicaid during pregnancy to remain on Medicaid up to one year after giving birth if they’ve been diagnosed with a maternal mental health disorder, including postpartum depression.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The buy-American executive order that the president will sign Thursday (Aug. 6) aims to avoid raising drug prices by making it easier to build advanced U.S. manufacturing facilities that make drugs from start to finish, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said Thursday morning.

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

Two circuit courts this week offered differing opinions on the legitimacy of lower court rulings that blocked the Trump administration from implementing the Public Charge Rule nationwide.

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

Missouri voters Tuesday voted 53% to 47% to expand Medicaid, becoming the sixth state to do so through a ballot initiative and coming a little over a month after Oklahoman narrowly agreed to an expansion.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

As federal unemployment benefits under the CARES Act were set to expire Friday (July 31), negotiations between the White House and Congress stalled on a new coronavirus stimulus package with Democrats and Republicans pointing fingers at each other for the delay.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

Welcome to Inside Health Policy’s Election Checkup -- a weekly rundown of the latest health policy developments in the countdown to the November elections that will decide which party controls the White House and Congress, as well as key congressional committee posts. Top policy and campaign experts weigh in to focus on what’s important.

Presidential candidates from both parties this week raised the popular issues of drug prices and surprise billing, but the ongoing pandemic poses a wildcard on how they will play out among voters. President Donald Trump released four executive orders aimed at lowering drug prices and a report encouraging Congress to end surprise medical bills.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (July 30) released a request for information on whether the agency should grant Part D providers exceptions to electronic prescribing requirements for controlled substances and under what circumstances.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

A coalition of public health plans in California is calling on Congress to strengthen Medicaid in the upcoming stimulus package by including provisions to allow for presumptive eligibility, increase the federal share of Medicaid spending and block two controversial rules.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

CMS, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday (July 30) announced Medicare and Medicaid will pay providers to ask that beneficiaries self-isolate as they await results of COVID-19 tests, as the agency says doing so could help cut down on additional disease transmission.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans Wednesday (July 29) blocked Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (VA) and Doug Jones’(AL) attempt to pass by unanimous consent legislation that would provide new Medicaid expansion states 100% of federal match funding for the first three years, while Democrats stopped Sen. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) amendment to maintain certain consumer protections should the Affordable Care Act be thrown out.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

A federal district judge Wednesday (July 29) blocked the Trump administration from implementing, enforcing or applying the Public Charge Rule nationwide throughout the declared COVID-19 public health emergency, siding with three states and the city of New York.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of CMS’ early data on Medicaid finds enrollment grew by 1.2 million, or 1.7%, since December, which includes 800,000 from March.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

HHS will distribute an additional $5 billion to nursing homes nationwide from the provider relief fund, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday (July 22), contingent upon nursing homes completing infection control best practices training.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association, the American Nurse Association and the American Medical Association on Wednesday (July 22) called on congressional leaders to replenish the provider relief fund with an additional $100 billion in the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The public health emergency declaration will expire on July 25, ending numerous Medicare and Medicaid waivers as well as setting a Sept. 30 end date for the federal Medicaid match increase, unless extended by the administration.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the Senate negotiates the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package, providers, plans and beneficiary advocates are laying out what they want to see in the package, including a bump in the federal Medicaid match, additional state funding, and a focus on contact tracing.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Monday (July 20) again defended its controversial decision that hospitals stop submitting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and instead report the information to a new HHS database, with interim HHS Chief Information Officer José Arrieta calling the new dataset more robust than anything HHS has published before.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

A coalition of 340B providers, patient and rural advocates is pressing HHS to act against drug manufacturers they say are either limiting access to 340B pricing or threatening providers to give them data, both of which the coalition says violate 340B statute and shouldn’t be condoned by HHS.

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