Entries by Joseph Steinbock

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, November 24

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24. Provider Relief Fund The Provider Relief Fund web page has been updated with the following notice: The application deadline for the Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 General Distribution was Nov. 6, 2020. You must have submitted […]

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, November 20

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. Provider Relief Fund The Provider Relief Fund web page has been updated with the following notice: The application deadline for the Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 General Distribution was Nov. 6, 2020. You must have submitted […]

Recession Takes its Toll on State Medicaid Programs

State Medicaid programs are feeling the effects of the current recession, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service. According to the brief report, state Medicaid enrollment and costs have risen since the COVID-19 pandemic began and states expect them to continue rising into their 2021 fiscal years.  State efforts to reduce spending […]

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, November 17

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17. Provider Relief Fund The Provider Relief Fund web page has been updated with the following notice: The application deadline for the Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 General Distribution was Nov. 6, 2020. You must have submitted […]

NASH Seeks Help From End-of-Year Legislation

Eliminate Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts (Medicaid DSH), appropriate additional resources for the Provider Relief Fund, and extend the current suspension of the two percent sequestration of Medicare spending, the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals asked members of Congress in a letter NASH sent yesterday. The request comes as Congress returns to Washington to take […]

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, November 12

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. Department of Health and Human Services HHS is hosting a on webinar Friday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. (eastern) to present updated guidance for hospital data reporting requirements. Go here to register.  Also available are a […]

MedPAC Meets

Earlier this week the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met in Washington, D.C. to discuss a number of Medicare payment issues. Among the issues on MedPAC’s November agenda were: expansion of telehealth in Medicare report on Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care in rural areas effects of pharmaceutical rebates on Part D’s risk adjustment improving competition among […]

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, November 10

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10. Food and Drug Administration The FDA has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. In issuing this EUA, the FDA […]

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, November 5

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5. Provider Relief Fund A reminder that applications for Phase 3 general distribution payments are due Friday, November 6. HHS has updated the Provider Relief Fund FAQ with two modified items; the second bullet below addresses the […]

MACPAC Meets

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission met for two days last week in Washington, D.C. The following is MACPAC’s own summary of the sessions. The October 2020 MACPAC meeting opened with a panel discussion on restarting Medicaid eligibility redeterminations when the public health emergency ends.  It included Jennifer Wagner, director of Medicaid eligibility […]