Medicare

Basic information and updates on the federal program to provide health insurance to the elderly.
The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee has issued a white paper summarizing comments the committee received on the opioid crisis within the Medicare program.
The following three MHA Education Department programs are focused on hospital finances.
Last Monday, the Trump Administration released its FY2019 budget proposal.
The federal budget package which passed last week after an hours-long government shutdown includes many important healthcare provisions.
A new healthcare policy/advocacy group – United States of Care – launched last week.
CMS posted a statement saying that it would begin the process to implement the statutorily required therapy cap.
Hospitals are concerned that negotiations over how to raise budget caps may result in further Medicare cuts.
The three-day government shutdown came to an end last Monday when Congress passed a continuing resolution package.
Since 1976 there have been 17 federal government shutdowns.
In Washington, the Senate returned last week and the House follows this week.
Tim Gens, who has provided the intellectual and compassionate foundation for MHA’s strategy and policy efforts for 23 years, announced he will leave the association, effective Dec. 31.
The House and Senate tax bills now moving to conference committee each contain provisions that are of concern to hospitals.
Last Thursday CMS cancelled two mandatory bundled payment models – relating to hip fracture and cardiac care – that were scheduled to begin on January 1.
Providers participating in the Medicaid or Medicare program are facing new “Conditions of Participation”
When CMS issued the final outpatient prospective payment system rule last week it etched into regulation what had only been proposed: significant Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospitals for pharmaceuticals.
When CMS issued the final outpatient prospective payment system rule last week it etched into regulation what had only been proposed: significant Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospitals for pharmaceuticals.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
HB2167 An Act to Improve Health Care Costs for Employers and Consumers
The much maligned “star” rating system, whereby CMS reduces the complex healthcare quality and patient satisfaction data on the Hospital Compare website to a rating of one-to-five stars, will continue.
Curahealth – the system with 12 long-term acute-care hospitals in Massachusetts, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania – has announced it will close the second of its three Bay State hospitals.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: