POLICY BRIEFINGS


CMS Rules on Payments for Low-Volume Hospitals


CMS issued an interim final rule, with comments due May 13, which would result in payment increases (about $227 million in the first six months of FY 2014) for low-volume hospitals and the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) Medicare-dependent hospital program.


MACPAC Semiannual Report to Congress


In its latest report to Congress, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recommended that states be allowed to provide low-income adults with 12 months continuous eligibility for Medicaid and be required to provide the same benefits to pregnant women who are eligible for Medicaid that are provided to women whose eligibility is based on their status as parents of a dependent child. Also, among the report recommended that women enrolled in qualified health plans through PPACA exchanges be allowed to retain their coverage, even if their pregnancy makes them eligible for Medicaid.


Upcoming Health-Related Hearings and Markups


Postponed--House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health: will hold a hearing titled “Examining Concerns Regarding FDA’s Proposed Changes to Generic Drug Labeling;”2:00 p.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.

Postponed--House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies: will hold an oversight hearing on the future of biomedical research; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies: will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2015 appropriations for agencies, programs and activities under its jurisdiction; 10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn Bldg.; March 25.

Senate Special Aging Committee: will hold a hearing on preventing Medicare fraud; 2:15 p.m., 562 Dirksen Bldg.; March 26.


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


S. 2106 (REFORM), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the individual health insurance mandate not apply until the employer health insurance mandate is enforced without exceptions; FISCHER; to the Committee on Finance, March 11.

S. 2110 (MEDICARE/MEDICAID), to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and to improve Medicare and Medicaid payments, and for other purposes; WYDEN; read the first time, March 11.

H.R.4187 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage the development and use of new antimicrobial drugs, and for other purposes; ROSKAM; jointly, to the committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, March 11.

H.R. 4188 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to adjust the Medicare hospital readmission reduction program to respond to patient disparities, and for other purposes; RENACCI; to the Committee on Ways and Means, March 11.



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