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February 26, 2021 | Daily News

CMS will consider provider-specific emergency waivers for Texas clinicians in Medicare and Medicaid due to the recent severe winter storms in the state, but the agency says it has already provided numerous waivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will not add any more blanket waivers.

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra on Wednesday again stressed that despite his long-held support of Medicare for All, if confirmed he will be serving at the pleasure of the President Joe Biden who has made clear that he wants to achieve universal health care by building off the Affordable Care Act.

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

Lawmakers told the nation’s top physician lobby group they will consider extending the Medicare sequestration moratorium, easing prior authorization requirements and tackling other health care priorities like telehealth and graduate medical slots after Congress passes the pandemic relief package.

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

Providers say CMS should continue to reimburse audio-only telehealth services after the public health emergency ends in order to ease health care inequities, but some policymakers and patient advocates still raise questions about the quality of care and potential for fraud with audio-only visits.

February 24, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association asked HHS in a letter Monday (Feb. 22) to tell hospitals how their data’s being used to respond to COVID-19 and to give hospitals advance notice before adding more data reporting fields or changing the reporting platform again.

February 23, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra told Senate health committee members Tuesday (Feb. 23) he would follow the data to set the length of the public health emergency, use provider relief funds to help nursing homes and back President Joe Biden’s push for a Medicare buy-in program.

February 22, 2021 | Daily News

The Center for Medicare Advocacy says in a new report that nursing homes could better protect themselves from COVID-19 by improving training and increasing the hourly wage for nursing home workers, setting federal minimum competency standards for nursing home administrators and reintroducing per-day fines for nursing homes not meeting CMS standards.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has been an advocate for maternal health equity, expanded data collection and overturning Medicaid work requirements throughout her health policy career, hinting at what might be in store for her tenure as CMS administrator if confirmed by the Senate.

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

While lawmakers and health care advocates say President Joe Biden’s pick for CMS administrator will help the administration tackle COVID-19, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has not publicly discussed whether she thinks certain pandemic-related policies or waivers, like those expanding telehealth, should continue after the pandemic.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden has reportedly picked Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be the next CMS administrator.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Tuesday (Feb. 16) upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit by cancer doctors against sequestration cuts to Medicare Part B drug reimbursement rates.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association has laid out a broad 2021 health care advocacy agenda that calls for Congress and the Biden administration to preserve federal Medicaid and Medicare funding, investigate health insurance anti-competitiveness, protect hospitals when implement surprise billing protections and more.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association’s recently released 2021 advocacy agenda asks policymakers to make the health care system more efficient, financially stable and equitable by enacting medical liability reform, increasing electronic communication within the industry and collecting more data on race and ethnicity to improve health outcomes.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

The Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents several large, nationwide employers, including Walmart, is eyeing numerous ways to reform the health care system in the coming years and is seeking state and federal help where needed.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and his Democratic colleagues rejected a Republican amendment Thursday (Feb. 12) to add $35 billion in provider relief funds to the COVID-19 relief package, including batches of $5 billion for Medicaid and rural providers.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

Hospitals on Wednesday (Feb. 10) asked the Supreme Court to take up their lawsuits against the Trump administration’s Medicare Part B reimbursement cuts for 340B drugs and pay cuts for outpatient clinic visits at certain off-campus hospital facilities, alleging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit gave too much weight to HHS’ interpretation of the statute in each situation.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

White House Office of Management and Budget Director nominee Neera Tanden committed to quickly moving regulations related to graduate medical education through OMB if confirmed to the post.

February 09, 2021 | Daily News

Newly named Senate Finance Committee ranking Republican Mike Crapo (ID) dubbed Medicare solvency one of his top health care priorities on Tuesday (Feb. 9), along with making sure those on federal health programs have access to the latest health technology -- including telehealth.

February 09, 2021 | Daily News

Better Medicare Alliance, a coalition of Medicare Advantage advocates, wants policymakers to reward MA plans for addressing health disparities as part of policymakers’ COVID-19 response, as well as promote telehealth and other alternative care and streamline the MA enrollment experience by shifting the responsibility to HHS, according to the group’s 2021 policy agenda, released exclusively to Inside Health Policy.

February 08, 2021 | Daily News

The American Hospital Association placed a priority on COVID-19 relief in its 2021 policy agenda document, which asks Congress and the Biden administration for increased support for providers, protection for patients’ access to insurance and permanent telehealth flexibilities.

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