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CMS Reports to Congress on Post-Acute Care

Under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was directed by Congress to develop and report on a post-acute care payment reform demonstration program. The purpose of this program was to examine four different types of post-acute care – long-term-care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies – and compare how hospitals choose which type of facility to send patients to for post-acute care; how those patients are evaluated; and how post-acute-care providers are paid for their services.   Among the objectives of this demonstration were to learn how patients [&hellip

Illinois Governor Wants Massive Medicaid Cuts

Illinois governor Pat Quinn has indicated that he will ask his state legislature to cut $2 billion from the state’s Medicaid program. The Medicaid cuts Quinn envisions would be one of many approaches designed to address a projected $500 million budget shortfall and more than $8.5 billion in state debt. Last year the Illinois legislature rejected Quinn’s proposal to cut Medicaid by $600 million. Quinn will present his Medicaid proposal in greater detail later this month. Learn more about the potential Medicaid and budget crisis in Illinois in this Chicago Sun-Times article

Kaiser Examines Raising Medicare Premiums

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the implications of raising Medicare premiums for some seniors. The report, “Income-Related Medicare Part B and Part D Premiums Under Current Law and Recent Proposals:  What are the Implications for Beneficiaries?” explores the status of income-related Medicare premiums under current federal law, proposals to modify those premiums, and the potential impact of raising premiums on seniors. This report is part of Kaiser’s “Project on Medicare’s Future.”  A summary of the report can be found here, and the full report can be downloaded from this site as well

Update on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

The Affordable Care Act created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to explore new and better ways of delivering health care to publicly insured patients and new and better ways of paying for that care.  Now in operation for a year, the Innovation Center had divided itself into different functional components – patient care, community improvement, Medicare demonstrations, and others – and is funding demonstration programs designed to test new ways of delivering and paying for care. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Urban Institute has prepared a summary and analysis of the Innovation Center’s mandate, [&hellip

Maine Considering Major Medicaid Cuts

Maine’s governor has proposed cutting 65,000 people from the state’s Medicaid rolls as part of an effort to close a $220 million hole in the state’s biennial Medicaid budget. In addition, Governor Paul LePage has proposed reducing payments to doctors and hospitals, imposing new limits on prescription drug coverage, and eliminating dental care, physical therapy, and chiropractic services. The attempt to reduce the state’s Medicaid rolls – currently around 360,000 people – may run into legal obstacles:  the Affordable Care Act calls for states to maintain their current eligibility criteria until 2014. Read about the Maine proposal in this Stateline [&hellip

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