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Health Reform Helps Hospitals in Medicaid Expansion States

The Affordable Care Act’s enhancement of access to health insurance, whether through Medicaid expansion or the subsidization of insurance premiums for working-class and some middle-class Americans, has improved the financial health of hospitals. Especially hospitals in Medicaid expansion states. According to a new report from the Urban Institute, Using data through fiscal year 2015, this new analysis finds that the Medicaid expansion under the ACA increased Medicaid revenue by $5.0 million per hospital, reduced costs of uncompensated care by $3.2 million per hospital, and improved average operating margins by 2.5 percentage points. This study also finds that the financial benefits [&hellip

Medicaid Work Requirements

Both Congress and a number of states have discussed introducing work requirements into their Medicaid programs.  Such a proposal was part of the American Health Care Act, a number of governors and state legislators have discussed work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, and some states are reportedly considering including such requirements in section 1115 Medicaid waiver applications. In a new report, the Congressional Research Service examines the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ authority to grant such waivers and how courts might look at such requirements if they were be contested. Go here to see the Congressional [&hellip

Medicaid Per Capita Caps Explained

In a new report, the Commonwealth Fund looks at Medicaid per capita caps, an idea that has been discussed for years, that was part of the as-yet unsuccessful American Health Care Act, and a proposal that is almost certain to resurface in the near future. Among other things, the article explains what per capita caps are and how they would work describes how per capita caps differ from current Medicaid policy considers how the implementation of per capita caps might affect low-income people, providers, and insurers Learn more in the Commonwealth Fund article “Essential Facts About Health Reform Alternatives: Medicaid [&hellip

New MACPAC Reports

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission has released several new reports, including: a look at how states exercise flexibility in their individual Medicaid programs; methodologies for setting Medicaid per capita caps; a review of how states are addressing high-cost hepatitis C drugs in their Medicaid programs; an analysis of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment (Medicaid DSH) allotments and payments; and an analysis of when states will exhaust their CHIP allotments. MACPAC is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that advises Congress, the states, and the administration on Medicaid and CHIP payment and access issues. Find links to these and [&hellip

New MACPAC Study Evaluates Medicaid, Medicare Payments

Medicaid payments to hospitals are comparable to or even higher than Medicare payments. Or at least they are once supplemental Medicaid payments are included. So concludes a new study by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, a non-partisan legislative branch agency that advises the states, Congress, and the administration on Medicaid and CHIP payment and access issues. In what MACPAC bills as the “first-ever study to construct a state-level payment index to compare fee-for-service inpatient hospital payments across states and to benchmark Medicaid payments to other payers such as Medicare,” the study found that Across states, base Medicaid [&hellip

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