October 29, 2018
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In This Issue
Trump Signs Opioid SUPPORT Act
CMS Proposes Select CY 2020 Medicare Advantage And Part D Changes
Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program Applications Available
Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures Specifications Manual Addendum Available
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Shawn Billings or Sarah Willson
President Trump has signed bipartisan legislation to address the opioid crisis. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is designed to reduce drug demand through education, awareness and prevention efforts; reduce the number of illicit drugs coming across our borders and within communities; and increase opportunities for evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction. More than $6 billion is designated in the act for additional resources for education, enhanced community programs, and increased access and coverage of care.
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the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule that would revise certain aspects of the Medicare Advantage and the Prescription Drug Benefit programs. Changes include implementing certain provisions within the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, such as additional telehealth benefits, increased integration of Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and a new process to allow Part D plan sponsors to request extracts of Medicare Parts A and B claims data for their enrollees. In addition, the rule would make “critical updates with respect to program integrity and taking steps to help the agency recover improper payments made to Medicare advantage organizations,” which would result in an estimated $4.5 billion in savings. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details.
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Staff Contact: Jill Williams
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program. The ANEW program supports innovative academic-practice to educate primary care nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives prepared for the unique challenges of practicing in rural and underserved communities.
HRSA expects to award more than $37 million to fund approximately 53 recipients. Interested organizations may apply for up to $700,000 per year, of which $350,000 may be used for student traineeships. In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must request both traineeships and academic-practice program infrastructure funds.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission determined that an addendum is required for the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures effective for implementation with acute inpatient discharges Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019. The addendum, version 5.5a, is available on QualityNet. The following items are of special interest.
Each year, there are approximately 4 million cases of chickenpox, which result in about 10,600 hospitalizations and 100 to 150 deaths.