The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed its first major changes in regulations governing Medicaid managed care in more than a decade.

In a 653-page draft regulation published on Monday, CMS proposes imposing a medical-loss ratio on Medicaid managed care plans; establishing new standards for adequate provider networks; partially lifting the ban on payments to institutions for mental diseases; pursuing greater transparency in rate-setting; and new quality initiatives that mirror those of Medicare and the federal marketplace.

law booksIn addition, the proposed regulation calls for new marketing guidelines for Medicaid managed care plans, improved access to information for Medicaid beneficiaries, and new program integrity measures. It also proposes better aligning the governance of CHIP with Medicaid, new requirements for managed long-term services and supports, and new tools for fostering delivery system reform at the state level.

Interested parties have until July 27 to submit comments to CMS about the proposals.

To learn more about this major regulatory proposal, see this Kaiser Health News article; find the regulation here; and see this CMS fact sheet on the draft regulation.