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MACPAC Looks at Medicaid DSH

Hospitals that serve especially large numbers of Medicaid and low-income patients still need Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicaid DSH) to avoid red ink despite the expansion of Medicaid and the increase in the number of uninsured people fostered by the Affordable Care Act. So concludes the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) the non-partisan legislative branch agency that advises Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program issues. In its March 2017 report to Congress, MACPAC writes that In both expansion and non-expansion [&hellip

MedPAC Offers Provider Rate Recommendations for FY 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has submitted its annual Medicare payment rate recommendations to Congress. The recommendations, required by law, include: rate increases as required by current law for hospital inpatient payments, hospital outpatient payments, physicians, other health professional services, and outpatient dialysis payments; no updates for ambulatory surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities, long-term-care hospitals, and hospices; and five percent rate reductions for home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. MedPAC continued its past practice of recommending reform of the manner in which Medicare pays for post-acute-care services, maintaining that the unified payment system it has proposed would save $30 [&hellip

MACPAC Meets, Discusses Medicaid Issues

Members of the non-partisan legislative branch agency that advises Congress, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the states on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program matters met in Washington recently to discuss a number of issues. On the agenda of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission were the following issues: state Medicaid flexibility state Medicaid responses to fiscal pressures a study requested by Congress on mandatory and optional benefits and populations current Medicaid parallels to per capita financing options illustrations of state-level effects of per capita cap design elements high-cost hepatitis C drugs the role of [&hellip

The More High-Need Patients, the Better the Care

Physician practices that serve higher proportions of high-need patients have lower health care costs, fewer hospital admissions, and fewer emergency room visits than physician practices that serve lower proportions of high-need patients. This was the conclusion of researchers who analyzed four years of claims data for high-needs patients in Michigan. The study also found some evidence that smaller medical practices are more effective in serving high-need patients than larger practices. Urban safety-net hospitals typically serve large numbers of high-need patients, many of them uninsured or insured by Medicare and Medicaid. The study, “Outcomes For High-Needs Patients: Practices With A Higher [&hellip

NAUH Expresses Views on Health Reform Proposal

NAUH does not support the American Health Care Act in its current form, the organization told members of the House of Representatives in a letter it sent yesterday. In its letter, NAUH noted that the recently proposed AHCA would result in millions of Americans, many of them Medicaid beneficiaries and low-income individuals and families, losing their health insurance over the next ten years.  Urban safety-net hospitals serve especially large numbers of these patients. In addition, the bill inadequately indexes future growth in federal Medicaid spending; proposed two years of reduced Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) payments in some states; and [&hellip

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