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U.S. Senate Republicans Release New Version Of ACA Repeal/Replace Legislation
CMS Releases 2017 VTE Reporting Requirements
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
U.S. Senate Republican leaders have released a new version of their proposed legislation to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill is dubbed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” The significant change is to allow health insurers to impose a six-month waiting period on covering those who have a lapse in coverage lasting three months or more. The change would take effect in 2019. It would not apply to adopted children under the age of 18 or to infants. Senate Republican leaders are working to revise the proposed legislation to secure sufficient Republican votes to win Senate approval.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its Hospital Quality Reporting Bimonthly News Blast. The issue highlights 2017 venous thromboembolism reporting.
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One in 5 observation stays among older Medicare beneficiaries is followed by a hospital revisit within 30 days.