POLICY BRIEFINGS


Meaningful Use Incentive Payments


HHS reported that $10.3 billion in Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use program incentive payments have been made to date, including $225 million to physicians and other medical professionals in just December of last year.


CMS Requests Contact Information from Providers


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice asking for updated contact information from physicians and other providers to enable the agency to survey them about the degree of satisfaction they have with their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).


MedPAC Medicare Payment Recommendations


The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) finalized their recommendations on FY 2014 payment updates to be forwarded to Congress in March, as follows: Congress should cancel any payment changes for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) and hospice facilities; Congress should increase inpatient and outpatient hospital rates by 1% (less than the 1.8% increase scheduled under current law for inpatient rates, but with the 0.8% difference used to recover overpayments and restore budget neutrality); and Congress should not increase payments for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), but require ASCs to submit cost data and implement the ASC value-based purchasing program by 2016.  MedPAC said its recommendations are not based on the assumption that Congress will make additional cuts under a possible sequestration mandate.  MedPAC also recommended that institutional Medicare Advantage special needs plans (I-SNPs) be reauthorized permanently, that C-SNPs (serving beneficiaries with specific chronic diseases) not be reauthorized and that D-SNPs (for dual Medicare/Medicaid eligibles) be reauthorized only for so-called integrated plans.


PPACA Health Reform Update


New ACOs Approved

HHS reported that 106 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) have been approved under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, thus increasing to over 250 the number of ACOs offering Medicare coverage in 2013.


FDA Issues


FDA Releases New Rules to Stem Food Illnesses

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued proposed regulations, required under the Food Safety Modernization Act, which are designed to help prevent food-borne illnesses brought on by the contamination of produce and processed foods.  The FDA estimated that the rules could prevent about 1.75 million illnesses annually.


Health Legislation Recently Introduced or Signed into Law


The President signed into law the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 (H.R. 1845), legislation creating a three-year demonstration program for the at-home intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) treatment of certain Medicare beneficiaries with immune deficiencies and rules governing the Medicare Secondary Payer program.

H.R. 152 (APPROPRIATIONS),  making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, and for other purposes; ROGERS of Kentucky; jointly, to the committees on Appropriations and the Budget, Jan. 4.

H.R. 162 (MEDICAID), to amend Section 1932 of the Social Security Act to require independent audits and actuarial services under Medicaid managed care programs, and for other purposes; BACHMANN; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jan. 4.

H.R. 171 (CHIROPRACTORS),  to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize appointment of Doctors of Chiropractic to regular and reserve corps of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and for other purposes; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jan. 4.H.R. 172 (CHIP), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to require 12-month continuous coverage under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jan. 4.

H.R. 173 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to require 12-month continuous coverage for children under Medicaid; GENE GREEN of Texas; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jan. 4.H.R. 207 (HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make members of health care sharing ministries eligible to establish health savings accounts; SCHOCK; to the Committee on Ways and Means, Jan. 4.

H.R. 211 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to waive the requirement for proof of citizenship during the first year of life for children born in the United States to a Medicaid-eligible mother; SERRANO; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jan. 4.

H.R. 217 (ABORTION), to amend Title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes; BLACK; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Jan. 4.



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