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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than a

Posted in ACA, ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CHIP, CMS, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, MACPAC, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, MedPAC, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 19, 2013

The deadline to enroll in coverage for January 1 was officially extended by a week, but the new December 23 deadline is fast approaching, and premium payments are required to be paid by the last day of 2013 for January

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Posted in Articles, CHIP, CMS, doc fix, Health Reform, HHS, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, MedPAC, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – November 14, 2013

Earlier today, President Obama announced that health insurers will be able to extend existing plans for individuals through 2014 that would have been otherwise canceled due to changes under the Affordable Care Act. This proposed fix does not guarantee that

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Posted in ACA, ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Articles, Children's Health Insurance Programs, CHIP, CMS, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, health insurance marketplaces, HealthCare.gov, MACPAC, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – August 12, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has historically led to annual decreases in physician payments that are fixed at the last minute each year; the Centers

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 16, 2013

Affordable Care Act Takes Ones Step Back: Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015 Business Relieved; Congress Seeks Answers, Seeks Similar Relief for Individuals Capitol Hill and the agencies went back and forth last week on the impact and consideration involved in

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CHIP, CMS, Employer Mandate, Employer Penalty, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, IRS, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 3, 2013

The Obama administration announced yesterday it was delaying the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Employer Mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance to its employees or pay a fine; the House Committee on

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – June 12, 2013

Discussions around reforming Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) continued this week as the Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing to solicit input on a draft bill for replacing the current SGR formula; the Ways and Means Committee noticed

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Posted in ACA, Articles, CHIP, CMMI, CMS, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, PCIP, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – June 4, 2013

Medicare Trustees released their annual report finding that the Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than was predicted last year; over the past two weeks, as Washington has investigated the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) use

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Posted in ACA, Articles, CCIIO, CHIP, CMMI, CMS, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, IPAB, IRS, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, PCIP, SGR, SHOP, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – May 6, 2013

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new proposed regulations on FY 2014 payment updates and regulatory policy changes for inpatient and long term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilitates, hospices and inpatient rehabilitation facilities; the Internal

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – February 4, 2013

 Several agency actions on the Affordable Care Act out of HHS and Treasury last week include proposed regulations detailing exemptions from the shared responsibility tax, such as an exemption for those who would qualify for expanded Medicaid but live in

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