Public Comment Period on Draft Transparency in Coverage Rule Extended Until January 29th

The draft Transparency in Coverage rule was developed by the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (hereinafter “the Departments’) and published on November 27, 2019.  This rule was developed in response to the President’s Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency. The proposed rule applies to group plans and health insurance ...

2020 Prediction: Continued Focus on Ensuring Access to Healthcare, Prescription Drugs, and Healthy Food to Combat Diet-Related Illness

Over the past year, Health Policy News readers were drawn to topics that were top of mind for many policymakers, as well as articles that detailed innovative solutions to complex problems like controlling health costs and expanding access to healthcare. As 2019 comes to a close, this piece revisits these popular topics, providing updates on ...

2020 Prediction: More State Waivers and Activity Related to Major Health Policy Litigation and Federal Regulations

Many major health policy developments in 2019 were related to state waivers, major health policy litigation, and federal health insurance regulations, with activity on these issues expected to continue into 2020. One of these developments—this week’s new ruling in the Texas vs United States case challenging the validity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—is certain ...

Verma Announces Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule at National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Conference

On November 12th, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma kicked off the NAMD conference by announcing the CMS issuance of the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (CMS-2392-P). In her opening remarks, Administrator Verma indicated that this proposed rule seeks to strengthen the Medicaid program through program integrity measures and equitable funding ...

States Seek to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Services via Telehealth

Passed in October 2018, the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act and its provisions seek to tackle the opioid misuse crisis by encouraging recovery, supporting affected caregivers and families, and encouraging innovation to create long-term solutions. As Health Policy News previously reported, a particularly interesting ...

National Association of Medicaid Program Integrity (NAMPI) 2019 Annual Conference

PCG staff members joined over 500 attendees at the 35th Annual NAMPI Conference in August. As always, the conference was an excellent way for program integrity (PI) leaders to network with one another while sharing best practices, lessons learned and innovative ideas within the Medicaid arena. The NAMPI conference covered a range of topics, from ...

Innovative Approaches to Accountable Care

In 2018, it was estimated that 10 percent of the population was receiving care under an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) approach to health care delivery. Recent enrollment data from 2019 indicated that ACO enrollment is composed of 55% commercial ACO models, 7% Medicaid and 38% Medicare, which indicates a diverse approach to ACO integration across ...

HCBS Conference Recap: Topics, Trends, and Takeaways from PCG

In August, PCG attended and presented at a successful and informative National Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Baltimore, MD. This annual event is a unique opportunity for federal, state, and local policymakers to meet up with the people who administer, manage, and deliver HCBS programs across the country. This year, the conference hosted ...

CMS Issues New Regulations to Enhance Program Integrity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), published a final rule in the September 10, 2019 Federal Register to implement program integrity enhancements to the provider enrollment process under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  The CMS rule will be effective November 4, ...

Tennessee Releases Its Block Grant Plan

This month, Tennessee continued its pursuit of a Medicaid block grant, unveiling its draft Medicaid waiver amendment application on September 17th. Underpinning Tennessee’s months-long exploration of this model is the current federal administration’s interest in supporting these types of proposals—with implementation guidance expected to be released, but still under review, by the Office of Management ...

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