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July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on Thursday (July 16) said he wants provisions in the HEROES Act that would bump the federal Medicaid match rate for states a second time to be included in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir said on Thursday (July 16) that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance is coming soon to dissuade what he called unnecessary COVID-19 testing.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 15) approved for floor action three bills that would strengthen patient protections for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

Arkansas and the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 14) to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that blocked the state’s Medicaid work requirements program.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

Accountable care organizations are in favor of increased use of telehealth during the public health emergency but are raising concerns that such e-visits may attach beneficiaries to ACOs without continued engagement.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Major state and local government organizations called on congressional leaders to again bump the federal Medicaid match, this time from 6.2% to 12%, in the next coronavirus relief package on Friday (July 10).

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Bipartisan Policy Center calls on Congress to boost funding for partial Medicaid expansion so that more people could be enrolled amid the mass unemployment driven by the pandemic, as red states that have seen their revenues drop in recent months would be nudged to expand their programs.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

HHS on Thursday (July 9) announced that it has awarded more than $21 million to community health centers, including facilities in the Health Center Program look-alikes, with funding to support COVID-19 testing.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday (July 8) awarded another $10.73 million to 25 health care providers in rural and urban areas of the country as part of its COVID-19 response fund for telehealth services.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness called on CMS to continue to allow telehealth flexibilities for behavioral health services beyond the pandemic, but to also closely study the efficiency of such services, in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday (July 6).

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

Hospitals and providers are looking to the future, calling for a permanent emergency fund for hospitals in case of future emergencies, an investment in public health surveillance and medical supplies, and permanent flexibility to offer telehealth services in recent letters to Congress.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday (July 2) introduced legislation to waive eligibility requirements next year for any previously eligible hospital in the 340B program, citing challenges faced by these hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic that might make them ineligible moving forward.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

The medical cost trend for commercial and self-insured employer-sponsored insurance in 2021 will be highly dependent on the pandemic, which is why analysts at PwC are basing estimates on three potential utilization scenarios with outcomes ranging from a 4% to a 10% increase in per capita costs for medical services and drugs.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

Health care advocates are celebrating Oklahoma voters’ move to defy state leadership and expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which is expected to provide health care to about 200,000 Sooners.

June 30, 2020 | Daily News

Four long overdue Medicaid guidance documents meant to help states tackle the nation’s opioid crisis are still missing, months after CMS and HHS officials promised the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee in early March they’d get the guidance out sometime this spring.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Monday (June 29) passed 234-179 legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act’s ACA’s tax credits, incentivize Medicaid expansion and reverse Trump administration policies that chipped away at the law, and Democrats fully paid for the package using legislation to reduce prescription drug prices via government negotiation.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

The hospice lobby told Inside Health Policy on Monday (June 29) that HHS signaled to the group an extension of the public health emergency declaration is likely as a growing number of provider groups join hospitals’ calls to HHS to extend the declaration before its expiration on July 25.

June 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration has secured 500,000 treatment courses of Gilead’s experimental COVID-19 drug remdesivir, and hospitals will pay no more than $3,200 per average treatment course, HHS and Gilead announced Monday morning (June 29).

June 26, 2020 | Daily News

After having reworked certain innovation center models in light of COVID-19,[/node/115262], Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Director Brad Smith said during a virtual summit Wednesday (June 24) the center hopes to release new models later this year.

June 25, 2020 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates, family and nursing home staff told lawmakers at a heated House Ways & Means Committee hearing Thursday (June 25) that an increased focus on testing and oversight in nursing homes is needed after CMS said more than 29,000 residents died of COVID-19.