This week, our In Focus section reviews the policy changes included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Proposed Rule (CMS-1771-P). This year’s IPPS Proposed Rule includes several important policy changes that will alter hospital margins and change administrative procedures, beginning as soon as October 1, 2022.
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HMA conference “The New Normal for Medicaid, Medicare, and Other Publicly Sponsored Programs to Feature Insights from Health Plan Leaders, State Medicaid Directors, Providers”
Pre-Conference Workshop: October 9, 2022
Conference: October 10-11, 2022
Location: Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
HMA Conference on the New Normal for Medicaid, Medicare, and Other Publicly Sponsored Programs to Feature Insights from Health Plan Leaders, State Medicaid Directors, Providers
Early Bird registration is now open for HMA’s fifth national conference on trends in publicly sponsored healthcare. Early Bird Registration Ends July 11th.
Nebraska releases Medicaid managed care RFP
This week, our In Focus section reviews the Nebraska Heritage Health request for proposals (RFP), released by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on April 15, 2022. DHHS will award statewide contracts to two or three Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) to serve approximately 342,000 individuals. Implementation is set to begin July 1, 2023. Contracts are currently worth $1.8 billion annually.
The family glitch and changes to premium tax credit eligibility
This week, our In Focus section reviews the Biden Administration’s proposed rule revising eligibility standards for premium subsidies for families, released on April 5, 20221. The proposed rule would “fix” the family glitch and, therefore, dramatically increase the number of people eligible for premium tax credits. This brief describes what the regulation would do and the implications for the individual market.
Illinois action plan highlights HMA substance use disorder program
As part of an overall state strategy to reduce overdose deaths, Illinois recently released the State Overdose Action Plan (SOAP) that includes a key substance use disorder (SUD) program developed by HMA.
Texas Releases STAR+PLUS RFP
This week, our In Focus section reviews the Texas STAR+PLUS managed care services request for proposals (RFP) released on March 31, 2022, by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The STAR+PLUS program, including the STAR+PLUS Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) program, provides acute care services and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) to the aged and disabled.
CMS and state discussions: HMA finds additional stakeholder engagement needed to support Medicaid PHE unwinding
2022 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference Happening April 21
Senior healthcare leaders from across Michigan will convene at the Lansing Center for the 2022 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference on April 21 to discuss health policy and topical issues across the spectrum of care. The day-long event, which kicks off at 9 a.m., will feature more than 60 speakers and 19 different sessions.
President’s Budget Recommends Significant Investments in Unity Agenda Issues
This week, our In Focus section reviews President Biden’s budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2023, released on March 28, 2022. The President’s proposal kicks off the Congressional budget process and negotiations on the annual spending bills for the federal fiscal year that starts October 1, 2022. The budget proposal highlights the Administration’s program initiatives and recommended legislative and regulatory changes. The President’s budget is merely a request of Congress, who drafts the actual budget resolution that will go into effect if passed.
Learning from COVID-19-related flexibilities: moving toward more person-centered Medicare and Medicaid programs
This week our In Focus section reviews the issue brief and policymaker playbook that explore the outlook for temporary COVID-19-related changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, prepared in partnership with Manatt Health for The SCAN Foundation. HMA experts Jennifer Podulka, Yamini Narayan, and Keyan Javadi offer a framework to support policymakers’ decisions on the future of temporary policies and highlight specific flexibilities that are good candidates for consideration. These temporary flexibilities expanded program eligibility and enrollment, enhanced remote service delivery options, authorized care delivery in alternative care sites, and much more.
How stakeholders can prepare now for unwinding of Medicaid public health emergency continuous eligibility
HMA Principal Jane Longo, Federal Policy Principal Andrea Maresca, and a team of experts from across HMA and HMA companies weigh in on the recent guidance to states on preparing for the end of the Public Health Emergency.
This year, one of the most significant issues the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering is whether and when to end the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration. The PHE declaration has important implications for Medicaid enrollees as well as state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders.
The Moran Company, an HMA Company principal a featured speaker in Foley Hoag webinar on NTAP program
The Moran Company, an HMA Company Principal Clare Mamerow, will be a featured speaker in the upcoming Foley Hoag LLP webinar titled, “The New Technology Add-on Payment (NTAP) Program: What Life Sciences Companies Should Know About Medicare’s Time-Limited Program.”