Entries by Joseph Steinbock

Coronavirus Update for Wednesday, September 16

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. Department of Health and Human Services HHS and the Department of Defense released documents outlining their strategy for delivering COVID-19 vaccine doses. The documents provide a strategic distribution overview along with an interim playbook for state, tribal, territorial, […]

MFAR is Dead

At least for now. The controversial Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation, slated for implementation this fall over the objections of many health care stakeholders, will not move forward at this time. In a tweet earlier this week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma wrote that We’ve listened closely to concerns that have been […]

Eliminate Medicaid DSH Cut, NASH Asks Congress

A Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government in FY 2021 should eliminate a cut in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments to the states, the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals has written in a letter to congressional leaders. The cut was mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act but has never been implemented. In […]

Coronavirus Update for Friday, September 11

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government and others as of 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11. Provider Relief Fund Reminder: Applications are currently open for Phase 2 general distribution funding for Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), dental providers, certain Medicare providers, hospitals that have changes in ownership, and […]

MedPAC Talks Telehealth

Expanded telehealth is here to stay, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission agreed at their September public meeting. What they do not yet know is in what form. Among the issues that need to be addressed in any post-COVID-19 expansion of Medicare-covered telehealth services are: Whether affording access to telehealth services would exacerbate the […]

MedPAC Meets

Last week the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met in Washington, D.C. to discuss a number of Medicare payment issues. The issues on MedPAC’s September agenda were: the coronavirus pandemic and Medicare context for Medicare payment policy report on the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014’s changes to the Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule expansion of […]

NASH Asks Congress to Help Prevent Attempt to Undermine 340B

Pharmaceutical companies are attempting to prevent safety-net hospitals and others from receiving the full benefits of the section 340B prescription drug discount program and the National Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals is asking members of the House of Representatives to sign a congressional letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar asking to him intervene […]

CMS Finalizes FY 2021 Payments to Hospitals

Medicare has announced how it will pay hospitals for inpatient care in FY 2021 with publication of its annual inpatient prospective payment system regulation last week. Among the changes announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: A 2.9 percent increase in fee-for-service inpatient rates. A compromise on its proposal to require hospitals to […]

Coronavirus Update for Friday, September 4

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 12:15 p.m. on Friday, September 4. Provider Relief Fund Reminder: Applications are currently open for Phase 2 general distribution funding for Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), dental providers, certain Medicare providers, and assisted living facilities.  All groups have until September […]