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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 ...

Health Policy News – December 2019

Health Policy News is once again dedicating our December edition to reflecting on the past year’s high-profile healthcare topics—providing context, summarizing recent developments, and predicting what activity is in store for these issues in the coming year. HPN editors Lisa Kaplan Howe and Margot Thistle have dedicated this edition to reflect on 2019 and forecast ...

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 ...

Health Policy News – November 2019

Introduction We hope many of you were able to join us for our second annual Fall Health Policy Webinar, which focused on innovative approaches to state Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Programs. If you were unable to attend (or would simply like to review Health Policy News’ report, tracking tool, and presentation materials), we have provided ...

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 ...

Health Policy News – October 2019

Introduction This month, we are featuring a new report by the Health Policy News Team: “Innovative Approaches to Accountable Care”. This report aims to assist those states that are thinking about integrating alternative care delivery methods into their Medicaid program or commercial insurance marketplace. To accompany this report, HPN will host an overview of the ...

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 ...