CBO Releases Report on Health Care Reform Bill

 

The Congressional Budget Office released a report on October 7 on the Senate Finance Committee's proposed health care reform legislation. [More]

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First Draft of Senate Finance Committee Bill

 

The Senate Finance Committee released on September 16 the first draft of the "America's Health Future Act of 2009." [More]

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Primary Care Demonstration

 

USDHHS announced on September 16 that all states will have the opportunity to apply this fall to participate in a new, three year, nationwide Medicare/Medicaid demonstration project enabling them to offer the Advanced Primary Care (APC) model to all dually eligible persons. [More]

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Categories:Care Coordination | Demonstration Projects | Dual Eligibles

 

CMS Releases APD Guidelines

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to all State Medicaid directors on 9/1/09 providing guidance on the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) under which States may obtain 100% FFP on Medicaid incentive payments to providers for adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. [More]

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CMS Publishes Rules on Medicare Payments to Nursing Facilities

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the final rules on FY 2010 Medicare payments to nursing facilities in the Federal Register on August 11. The final rules alter the case-mix classifications to be used to calibrate rates under RUG 4.0. [More]

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Oregon Enacts Health Coverage Plan for Children

 

Governor Ted Kulongoski signed H.B. 2116 on August 5 to expand access to health care for 80,000 currently uninsured children under the age of 19. [More]

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CMS Releases Pay for Performance Findings

 

On August 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced findings from Medicare "pay for performance" demonstration projects involving hospitals, group physician practices, and individual physician practices. [More]

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State Alliance for e-Health

 

The State Alliance for e-Health released a guide on August 4 that is designed to help states implement the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [More]

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Medicare Readmissions to Hospitals

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a major upgrade on July 9 in the patient outcomes data available through its website. [More]

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Health Care Payment Reform in Massachusetts

 

On July 16, Massachusetts' Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System unanimously endorsed recommendations to move away from fee-for-service payment systems toward a global payment system offering incentives to improve quality of care and to improve collaboration among hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other caregivers. [More]

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US House Releases Draft Health Plan

 

The U.S. House of Representatives released a draft of the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009", H.R. 3200, on July 14. [More]

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State Health Care Innovation

 

As Congress begins to develop new federal legislation, States are continuing to fulfill their creative role as laboratories for health care innovation. [More]