The AHA recently signed on in support of model legislation that states can use to hold health insurers accountable for discriminating against those with mental health and substance use disorders by denying coverage of care. As drafted, the Kennedy Forum’s Jim Ramstad Model State Parity Legislation model bill would require insurers to follow generally accepted
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Jan. 15 added new frequently asked questions to its FAQs on the information blocking provisions in its final rule updating information sharing requirements for health care providers, health IT developers and health information exchanges. ONC in November extended the
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Published in the Jan. 19 edition of JAMA, this article from KFF Executive Vice President for Health Policy Larry Levitt lays out the major health policy challenges that will confront President-elect Biden and potential approaches to major reform. While a big reform debate may not be likely this year, one is likely coming as the
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights yesterday announced collaborative efforts with the state of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service in updating each entity’s crisis standards of care to provide equitable health care to
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule that seeks to streamline prior authorization processes implemented by health plans serving the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Under the rule, these plans will be required to build and implement certain application programming interfaces that could allow providers
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As urged by the AHA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday officially withdrew a proposed rule intended to increase oversight and transparency in Medicaid supplemental payment programs, including Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, and how states finance these programs. CMS Administrator Seema Verma in September said the agency would remove the rule from the
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