MHA Today | July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018
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July 3, 2018

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Editor's Note: MHA Today and "Today's Headlines" will not be published Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Publication will resume Thursday, July 5. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


In This Issue
CRS Describes Federal Registration For Tele-Prescribing Controlled Substances
Report Reviews Congressional Changes To The ACA
Report Reviews Federal Opioid Legislation
CMS Proposes CY 2019 And 2020 Payment And Policy Updates For Home Health Agencies
CMS Releases Reports On The Performance Of The Health Insurance Marketplace


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CRS Describes Federal Registration For Tele-Prescribing Controlled Substances

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Sarah Willson

The Congressional Research Service published a document summarizing federal law, regulation and pending legislation regarding registration to prescribe controlled substances using telemedicine.

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Report Reviews Congressional Changes To The ACA

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The Affordable Care Act turned eight years old in April. Following its difficult gestation, it has had a tumultuous youth. A Congressional Research Service report tallies enacted and proposed congressional revisions of the ACA.

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Report Reviews Federal Opioid Legislation

Staff Contacts: Daniel Landon or Leslie Porth

The Kaiser Family Foundation published a report and appendix reviewing Congressional legislation regarding opioid abuse prevention and treatment.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care


CMS Proposes CY 2019 And 2020 Payment And Policy Updates For Home Health Agencies

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a Medicare home health agency proposed rule, which contains payment updates for calendar year 2019, quality reporting changes and revising the unit of payment from 60 to 30 days for CY 2020. CMS is projecting the payments to HHAs in 2019 will increase by 2.1 percent or $400 million. CMS also states that the proposed rule is based on three pillars: empowering patients, increasing competition and fostering innovation. Like other proposed rules for the 2019 year, CMS continues to work toward regulatory burden reduction. Comments about the proposed rule are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. MHA published an issue brief with additional details.

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CMS Releases Reports On The Performance Of The Health Insurance Marketplace

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released three reports that provide updates about the current condition of the health insurance marketplace. Although the marketplace remains relatively stable, CMS states that rising premiums continue to leave unsubsidized people without affordable coverage. CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated, “As the Trump Administration took office, there were warning signs that we were dealing with a crisis in the individual health insurance market. These reports show that the high price plans on the individual market are unaffordable and forcing unsubsidized middle class consumers to drop coverage.” The three reports released include Early 2018 Effectuated Enrollment Snapshot, Exchange Trends Report, and Trends in Subsidized and Unsubsidized Enrollment. In Missouri, 214,387 have effectuated enrollment in 2018, of which 88 percent are receiving advanced premium tax credits and 59 percent are receiving cost-sharing reductions. Between 2016 and 2017, Missouri realized a 31 percent decrease in non-APTC enrollment, decreasing from 89,722 in 2016 to 61,527 in 2017.

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Consider This ...

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat every year.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention