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    President Signs Bipartisan Budget Act

    On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.  The new law reauthorizes federal funding for many health programs, modifies scheduled reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) allotments to states, tightens third party liability (TPL) billing requirements, and updates requirements affecting Medicare Advantage plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and providers’ adoption of telehealth.

    • 15. February 2018
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    U.S. District Court in Missouri invalidates Final Rule of CMS dealing with reduction of disproportionate-share payments

    On February 13, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Wimes in Missouri ruled that a CMS final rule that would require Missouri Hospitals’ DSH allotments to be reduced by any Medicare or commercial insurance was invalid. This ruling is one of several decisions in an ongoing battle by states in response to a CMS policy issuance in 2010 announcing the reduction, and a final rule in effect since June 1. 

    • 15. February 2018
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    Federal Court in Tennessee invalidates billing threshold for enhanced Medicaid payments to physicians

    On January 24, 2018, a Federal District Court in Tennessee held that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) improperly included a billing threshold requirement in a final rule concerning whether physicians received an enhanced Medicaid rate for primary care services under a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

    • 6. February 2018
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    New American School Board Journal article examines disproportionality in urban school districts

    Disproportionality in urban school districts, specifically as it relates to instruction, is the focus of a new American School Board Journal (ASBJ) article out this month. The article, “Urban districts strive to solve disproportionality in their schools,” features several experts from across the U.S. who share ways districts are addressing this issue—one of those experts, is PCG’s own Dr. Jennifer Meller.

    • 6. February 2018