Category Archives: Uncategorized

26 Jul
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Higher Medicaid rates improved behavioral health, study finds

Dive Brief: Higher primary care Medicaid reimbursement rates improve behavioral health outcomes among enrollees, according to a new report by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The report analyzed spillover effects of the largest federally-mandated increase in Medicaid primary care ...

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26 Jul
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CMS rule proposes site neutral payments, extends 340B cuts

Dive Brief: CMS issued a proposed rule for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) for 2019 that would institute site neutral payments and extend 340B payment cuts to previously exempt off-campus providers. The proposal would also ...

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19 Jul
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Sparks Health in Fort Smith, Van Buren sold to Little Rock-based Baptist Health

For the third time in less than 10 years, Sparks Health System will have a new owner. Little Rock-based Baptist Health System has agreed to acquire the Fort Smith hospital from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems (CHS). A transaction amount ...

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19 Jul
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Trump administration to give Kentucky Medicaid work requirement a second chance

The Trump administration is reviving its efforts to let Kentucky compel hundreds of thousands of poor residents to work or prepare for jobs to qualify for Medicaid, after a recent federal court order struck down the plan. Federal health officials ...

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16 Jul
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7,000 people fail to meet Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

By Associated Press  | July 16, 2018 More than 7,000 people on Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion didn’t meet a requirement that they report at least 80 hours of work in June and face the threat of losing their coverage if they fail ...

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16 Jul
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Doctors worry CMS proposals will slow the move to value-based pay

By Virgil Dickson  | July 14, 2018 An avalanche of new pay proposals from the CMS seeks to reduce provider burden, so much so that it could undermine efforts to shift Medicare to a value-based system, doctors warned. The agency released ...

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06 Jul
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Here’s what we are reading

• Is It Getting Harder to Care for Poor Patients? • Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out Of Reach For Many At Risk • Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Whither Work Requirements? • Doctors, nurses, insurance companies spending big ...

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06 Jul
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Governor: Kentucky work ruling doesn’t affect Arkansas Works

Arkansas is continuing to implement work requirements for Arkansas Works beneficiaries while similar requirements were struck down by a federal judge in Kentucky. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday (July 3) that he had read the court ruling, ...

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03 Jul
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Here’s what we are reading

• Ky. governor cancels Medicaid dental, vision benefits after losing work requirement ruling • Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-abortion law in Arkansas • Study: Coffee Drinkers Live Longer • Digital health funding shows no signs of tapering off with ...

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03 Jul
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CMS pitches MA demo letting doctors avoid MIPS rules

Dive Brief: CMS proposed a Medicare Advantage demonstration that would allow clinicians to sidestep Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for those who participate “sufficiently” in certain risk-based MA plans. The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) would offer ...

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