CMS Delays Expansion of CJR and the Start of the Cardiac Care Bundles
CMS has delayed until January 1, 2018 the start of the cardiac care bundles.
Update on the Move to Replace the Affordable Care Act
This week, the House Republicans continued to advance the recently introduced bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal much, but not all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make significant changes to the way the federal-state Medicaid program is funded. The Medicaid changes in the legislation have significant implications for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) members because the bill significantly cuts Medicaid funding and changes the structure of the program.
CJR & Other Episode Payment Models Are Delayed
The Trump Administration took action to freeze regulations released by federal agencies through a memo issued by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on January 20, 2017. The memo states that agencies cannot release any new regulations or guidance documents, must pull back any regulations or guidance under review by the Office of the Federal Register and must temporarily postpone regulations and guidance that have been published but have yet to take effect.
Congress Affordable Care Act Repeal/Replace: Speeding Up or Slowing Down?
Congress continues to work on potential repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and some deadlines that were set are already past. Pressure is coming from Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives, who wish to use the 2015 reconciliation package that contained various polices that repeal some parts of the ACA as a base bill.
General Announcement - Products
CMS Delays Next Steps for DME Competitive Bidding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily delayed next steps for Round 2019 of its Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics & Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program to allow the new Administration an opportunity to review the program. CMS has removed all information released on January 31, 2017, from CMS.gov and from the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website.