A new issue brief authored by HMA Principal Donna Strugar-Fritsch, MPA, BSN, dispels myths about, and objections to, the use of medication-assisted treatments (MAT) to treat opioid addiction. The brief is a clear and concise look at MAT, how and why it works, and what its use can mean for those impacted by opioid use disorder.
This week, our In Focus section reviews the new 1332 State Relief and Empowerment Waiver resources released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 15, 2019. The new resources, intended to help states better understand regulations and reduce burdens associated with waiver application, include four waiver concept papers on how states can take advantage of the flexibility to wave certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, as well as their respective application templates. CMS has also released an updated application checklist of required elements.
A new online resource to bolster the ongoing response to the opioid crisis recently launched. The website, Addiction Free CA, hosts an interactive data dashboard, project resources, and treatment provider locator to support the California Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project.
This week, our In Focus section reviews the four new payment models addressing radiation oncology, kidney care, and end-stage renal disease released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) on July 10, 2019. Two of the models would be mandatory in randomly selected geographies and were published as proposed rules: the End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices (ETC) and Radiation Oncology (RO) models. For these two proposed models, stakeholders have until what will likely be mid-September 2019 (60 days following publication of the forthcoming publication of the proposed rules in the federal register) to submit comments to CMS. The other two models are voluntary demonstrations: the Kidney Care First (KCF) and Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting (CKCC) models. This is the first time this administration has proposed a mandatory model since the hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, which were cancelled in 2017. For these two models stakeholders will not have the opportunity to submit comments.
This week, our In Focus section reviews the California fiscal 2019-20 budget. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed his first budget, and much of its related legislation on June 27, 2019. The budget appropriates $214.8 billion ($147.8 billion General Fund) in total spending with $19.2 billion in reserves. The total reserves includes $16.5 billion in the Rainy Day Fund, $1.4 billion in the Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties, $900 million in the Safety Net Reserve, and nearly $400 million in the Public School System Stabilization Account.