Category: Innovation Waivers

Updates on the Federal Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the country, Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to advance funding opportunities, temporary policy changes and waivers to support states, providers, and the public in their efforts to address the pandemic and its broad impact. This article aggregates the latest updates on the ...

Health Policy News – March 2020 Special Edition

  Introduction Health Policy News had planned content for the month of March, but given the unprecedented times we are all living through, we thought it best to dedicate this month’s entire edition to recent federal and state efforts to support consumers, providers, and health insurance carriers in combating COVID-19. Just in the past week, ...

Health Policy Responses to COVID-19

In this unprecedented time, much attention has been paid to Congressional response to the clinical and economic needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies have actively put forth legislation and guidance aimed at providing greater flexibility to states and ...

Medicaid Updates: Regulations, Guidance and Litigation

The last several weeks saw a number of Medicaid policy-related developments. In our round-up below, we share key takeaways from each. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Block Grant Guidance As we shared in our newsletter last month, CMS recently released a State Medicaid Director Letter with long-awaited guidance on Medicaid block grants. Earlier this ...

Health Policy News – January 2020

Introduction Happy 2020 Health Policy News readers! We hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday season. As we continue to await the proposed Marketplace guidance for 2021, we wanted to take this opportunity to share recent health policy developments from the federal and state levels. In breaking news, our first article includes our ...

Chronic Care Alternative for Marketplace Enrollees: State Complex Care Plan

Over the past four years, thirteen states have received approval to implement State Innovation Waivers (renamed “State Relief and Empowerment Waivers” by CMS in October 2018) under the authority of Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act. Twelve of those states (all except Hawaii) leveraged Section 1332 to implement reinsurance programs aimed at reducing premiums. ...

Health Policy News – September 2019

Introduction Since publishing our summer edition, the Health Policy News team has attended various conferences. We were thrilled to see many subscribers in person at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit, as well as the National Academy of State Health Policy annual conference. In this edition, we share our insights (and relevant fact ...

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 ...

Critical Incident Management Solutions in Medicaid Long-Term Care

Medicaid agencies must assure the health and safety of their Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program recipients by managing the reporting, investigation, and prevention of incidents.  Failure to do so poses a host of risks around compliance, fraud, and the safety of Medicaid recipients. States’ Medicaid agencies have administrative authority of their Medicaid Waiver ...

Recent Trends with OIG and CMS Related to Reporting Costs Associated with Waivers on the CMS-64

Claiming administrative costs to Medicaid waivers has become a targeted area of review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A number of state Medicaid agencies in various regions are facing potential disallowances or deferral of Medicaid administrative claims for failing to properly claim administrative costs to ...