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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.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are upset that federally supported test sites are set to close soon, but HHS officials said the federal government is simply transferring control to states.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

Democrats will vote Monday (June 29) on House Democrats’ bill to enhance the Affordable Care Act by boosting the law’s tax credits, reverse Trump administration rules seen as undermining the law and encourage states to take up the Medicaid expansion.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association on Friday (June 19) called on HHS to extend the public health emergency declaration set to expire on July 25 until testing capacity increases and fewer people test positive for COVID-19.

June 19, 2020 | Daily News

Safety net hospital organizations said many of their members will not receive HHS' latest $10 billion in provider relief meant specifically for them.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

CMS proposed a rule Wednesday (June 17) to make it easier for insurers to negotiate deals in which drug prices fluctuate based on how well they work, without forcing drug companies sell drugs to Medicaid at very low prices.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) recommended that Congress permanently eliminate the Medicare telehealth originating site requirement and allow Medicare and Medicaid to expand upon the types of providers that can be reimbursed for telehealth as the Senate health committee considered which relaxed requirements should be continued after the pandemic on Wednesday (June 17).

June 16, 2020 | Daily News

In a win for pharma, a federal appeals court on Tuesday (June 16) backed a lower court decision to throw out CMS’ rule requiring that drug makers disclose list prices in television ads.

June 12, 2020 | Daily News

HHS gave states less than a week to compile and send two years of state Medicaid provider data, including banking information, so the department could distribute provider relief funds to providers serving low-income communities, according to stakeholders.