On November 13, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to state Medicaid directors outlining a wide range of opportunities for states to design innovative delivery systems for adults and children with serious mental health conditions.
As expected, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued proposed changes to the regulations governing Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care last week. The changes follow a comprehensive overhaul of the regulations in 2016. CMS announced that the newest proposals seek to rollback certain changes made in 2016 in an effort to provide more flexibility for states.
On October 26, 2018, Judge Ketanji Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that certain patient days for individuals in the Commonwealth Care program should be included in calculating DSH Medicare reimbursement for 12 Massachusetts hospitals serving large numbers of poor patients.
On October 24, 2018, the President signed H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act. The new legislation contains amendments to Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal laws to address the opioid crisis.