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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.

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.