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NAUH Comments on Proposed Changes in Medicare Payments (Part 4 of 5)

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Association of Urban Hospitals has offered extensive comments on why the Medicare cost report’s S-10 worksheet is not an appropriate tool to use when calculating hospital Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) uncompensated care payments. In support of this view and in response to the publication of CMS’s draft inpatient prospective payment system regulation detailing how it envisions paying acute-care hospitals in FY 2018, NAUH took advantage of the formal stakeholder comment period to offer documentation, including examples, of the shortcomings of the S-10.  In the letter, NAUH [&hellip

The Prospect of a Medicaid Work Requirement

Over the past three years a dozen states have proposed establishing a work requirement for eligibility for their Medicaid programs and in its proposed FY 2018, the Trump administration has called for extending the ability to impose such a requirement to all states. But how would a Medicaid work requirement work?  To whom would it apply and what kinds of work might satisfy such a requirement for the approximately 22 million Medicaid recipients (out of 76 million total recipients) to whom it might apply? Work requirements would have significant implications for the patients and communities that urban safety-net hospitals serve, [&hellip

MACPAC Meets

Last week the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission met in Washington, D.C.  The agency performs policy and data analysis and offers recommendations to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the states. During two days of meetings, MACPAC commissioners received the following presentations: Federal CHIP Funding Update: When Will States Exhaust Their Allotments? Review of June Report Chapter: Program Integrity in Medicaid Managed Care Review of June Report Chapter: Medicaid and the Opioid Epidemic Medicare Savings Program: Eligible But Not Enrolled Medicaid Reform: Implications of Proposed Legislation Preliminary Findings From Evaluations of Medicaid Expansions Under Section [&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

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