California Eyes Generic Drug Production to Curb Prescription Drug Costs

California has long been an innovator in prescription drug cost control efforts. In 2017, the state passed SB 17, a piece of drug pricing legislation with multiple reporting requirements aimed ...

Digital Health Literacy Inequities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of healthcare services, as safety precautions prompted a transition of care delivery from in-person to virtual. The health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus ...

American Rescue Plan has Broad Impact on Health Policy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. This sweeping law provides funding to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Migrating Incentives from Measurement to Learning

Over the past three decades, an overreliance on quality measures as a material driving factor in value-based payment (VBP) arrangements has created an adverse trade-off within delivery systems: achieve short ...

States Should Start Planning Now for Adapting Their Medicaid Programs Post-COVID-19

By Peter Cheesman and Lisa Kaplan Howe Update: For more information about considerations for states regarding redeterminations of Medicaid following the end public health emergency, click here. While the COVID-19 ...

Prescription Drug Pricing Reform Efforts Continue

This post marks the first in a planned series of updates from Health Policy News on prescription drug cost control measures. In this month’s installment, we highlight ongoing efforts through ...

How States Can Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime—but fortunately, it has been met with a scientific response equally as strong. Multiple vaccines were created, tested, ...

Update on the Federal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic as Leadership Changes

COVID-19 was the top focus of the new federal administration as it entered office this month. With the surge in cases continuing across the nation, President Joseph Biden signed a ...

CMS Finalized Exchange Guidance for 2022

Update: In February, CMS finalized timelines for certification and rate filings of Qualified Health Plans that will be offered in Marketplaces in 2022.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...

First-of-Its-Kind Tennessee Block Grant Approved by CMS

On January 8th, 2021, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of Tennessee’s final Medicaid Block grant proposal[1] which the state had originally submitted in 2019. ...

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