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The Medicaid Expansion: A Tale of Two Hospitals

Different hospitals are preparing in different ways for the 16-20 million Americans who will become newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014.. Kaiser Health News looks at how two Miami hospitals – the private University of Miami Hospital and the public Jackson Memorial Hospital – are going about their preparations.  Read about their efforts here

Medicaid Directors Recommend Program Integrity Improvements

A number of steps could improve the integrity of state Medicaid programs, according to a new paper issued by the National Association of Medicaid Directors. The paper, Rethinking Medicaid Program Integrity:  Eliminating Duplication and Investing in Effective, High-Value Tools, offers a number of recommendations, including clarifying the respective roles of the state and federal governments in program integrity efforts; improving collaboration and communication between Medicaid and Medicare; investing resources to address individual state Medicaid programs; and evaluating current integrity programs. Read a press release describing the report here and download the entire paper here

New Report on the IPAB

One of the more controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act was its creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB.  The enabling legislation calls on the IPAB to “reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.” Opponents of the IPAB have called for its abolition almost from the day it was created, maintaining that it assumes a responsibility better left to Congress – and in fact, an effort is currently under way in Congress to abolish the agency before it ever begins work. The Congressional Research Service has published a new report on the IPAB, describing [&hellip

NAUH’s March 2012 Newsletter

Read NAUH’s redesigned newsletter, NAUH Update, including features on hospital uncompensated care, the Medicare area wage index system, the impact of the Medicare doc fix on urban hospitals, and the latest activities of NAUH’s internal technical advisory committee, a group that consists of representatives of all NAUH members and that advises NAUH on the technical aspects of current health policy issues.  Download the newsletter here

MACPAC Reports to Congress

MACPAC has urged Medicaid to do a better job of coordinating care for patients with disabilities and a better job of assessing the quality of that care. The agency – created by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 and formally known as the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, also offered several recommendations designed to combat fraud and abuse while freeing states from unnecessary regulatory burdens. With their especially large numbers of Medicaid patients, urban safety-net hospitals are especially affected by Medicaid policy and, potentially, by MACPAC’s recommendations. The recommendations are part of MACPAC’s March report [&hellip

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