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Health Policy News December Edition

Introduction As in years past, the primary focus of the December edition is highlighting some of the important topics we wrote about in 2018, while also foreshadowing policy trends that we believe will be of particular importance to states in 2019. Before many of you take a break to spend time with family and friends, ...

A Preliminary Decision in the Newest Lawsuit Challenging the Affordable Care Act

On December 14th, a decision was published in the Texas v. U.S. case that challenged the validity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case – which was brought by 20 states (“plaintiff states”) and later joined by two individual plaintiffs – contends that the “zeroing out” of the shared responsibility penalty through the 2017 ...

CMS finalizes rules on episode payment models

On January 3, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules on new Medicare episode payment models (EPMs) to be implemented on July 1, 2017. The EPMs are designed to encourage participating hospitals to devise strategies to improve discharge planning, adherence to treatment and medication regimens, and coordination among all providers ...

CMS announces the release of $22 Million in Health Insurance Enforcement and Consumer Protections grant funding

On June 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced the release of $22 million in grant funding for State planning and implementing of the health insurance market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The grants are aimed at helping States ensure their laws, regulations and procedures are in line with ...

Health Policy News April 2016

Last summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a comprehensive overhaul of the regulations governing Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care. With the final version released earlier this week, the next two issues of Health Policy News will focus on Medicaid Managed Care. This month, we recap the proposed ...

CMS announces extension of SHOP direct enrollment transition

On April 18, 2016, CMS released guidance entitled “Extension of state-based SHOP Direct Enrollment Transition,” which extends the option of direct enrollment until the end of 2018 giving state based SHOPs more time to make online enrollment available. In order to allow facilitation of enrollment without SHOP portal functionality, CMS has allowed states to direct ...

CMS announces CPC+ primary care model

On April 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model.   The CPC+ model, which builds on the CPC model launched in October 2012, is designed to align Medicare, state Medicaid agencies, and commercial insurance payers to achieve comprehensive, coordinated primary care, especially for patients ...

CMS finalizes mental health parity rules

On March 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules on mental health/substance use disorder parity requirements applicable to Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), Medicaid alternative benefit plans (ABPs), and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   The final Medicaid/CHIP rules are based on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction ...

Health Policy News February 2016

Quality has been top of focus across the health care world.  Whether it be related to coverage, care or other consumer services, there has been ongoing movement to advance quality. Broadly, the definition of “quality” includes buzzwords we are all familiar with: access, cost effectiveness, cost transparency, value and high level of care. This edition ...

CMS and AHIP announce alignment in physician quality measures

On February 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced multi-payer alignment and simplification of core quality measures to be used in calculating quality-based payments for seven physicians’ services specialties.  Multi-payer alignment is expected to reduce the reporting burden for providers and to accelerate the nationwide ...