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Health Care Policy Report

Health Care Policy Report™ offers the inside story on health care regulation and policy, with behind-the-scenes news and analysis of developments in Congress, the federal agencies, and the states.

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TOPICS COVERED

  • Employers’ measures to control rising health insurance premiums
  • Federal regulatory proposals to help reduce medical errors
  • Government and private payer’s initiatives to control spiraling drug costs
  • Health IT incentives for state Medicaid programs
  • Health system reform:
    • Access to insurance
    • Quality improvement initiatives
    • Cost containment efforts
  • HIPAA privacy rule enforcement
  • Medicare drug benefit regulations
  • State efforts to cope with Medicaid expansion, cost growth
  • State efforts to curb rapidly rising medical malpractice insurance premiums
Key Laws and Regulations
  • ERISA provisions affecting employer group health plans
  • Federal and state health-insurance regulations
  • Federal health care reform legislation and regulations
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Tax laws and IRS regulations

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Notification current reports providing news and developments

Formats and Frequency

Print and Web notification formats are issued and available weekly. Print current reports are  indexed every six months, culminating annually. Web current reports are archived to 01.29.1996. 

Email summaries, providing the highlights and table of contents for each report, with URLs to full text articles and documents are also available.


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Republicans Release CHIP Funding Draft; Stakeholders Express Some Policy Concerns
March 2
HHS Official Says Some Enrollees Not Getting Correct 2015 Subsidies
March 2
CMS Releases Wide-Ranging Final Rule On Requirements for 2016 Exchanges
March 2
Congressional Republicans Ask Governors For Input on Their Health-Reform Proposal
March 2
IRS Issues Initial ‘Cadillac' Tax Guidance, Welcomes Comments on Various Topics
March 2
IRS Notice on ‘Cadillac' Tax Gives Employers Indication of Intention, Asks for Collaboration
March 2
Taxpayers Who Filed Returns Based On Wrong ACA Data Won't Owe U.S.
March 2
House Budget Chairman Tells AMA Short-Term SGR Patch Likely by March 31
March 2
Stakeholders Say They're Preparing For Another Short-Term SGR Patch
March 2
More Than 8.8M Enrolled in ACA Coverage Through Federal Marketplace for 2015
March 2
HHS Focusing on Improving ‘Back End' of HealthCare.gov
March 2
Ways and Means Committee Advances Bills On Medicare Program Integrity, DME, EHRs
March 2
CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline, Citing Concerns From Providers
March 2
OPM Issues Multi-State Plan Rule As Program Expands to 36 States
March 2
Burwell Unaware of Document on Plans If High Court Rules Against ACA Subsidies
March 2
HHS Working to Reduce Backlog Of Claim Appeals, Burwell Tells Hearing
March 2
No Plan in Place Should Supreme Court Strike Down ACA Subsidies, Burwell Says
March 2
Actuaries Call for Rate Revisions If Federal ACA Subsidies Overturned
March 2
HHS Deputy Secretary Stepping Down in March
March 2
Patrick Conway Named to Serve As CMS Principal Deputy Administrator
March 2
Final Rule Sets Up Appeals Process For Secondary Payer Recovery Claims
March 2
Congressional Republicans Tell Obama MA Cuts Will Limit Beneficiary Choices
March 2
Expect New ACO Model for MSSP To Be Unveiled Soon, CMS Official Says
March 2
Integrated Care Models May Be Incompatible With Changing Health System, Speaker Says
March 2
DOJ Official Offers Enforcement Insight At Health-Care Competition Workshop
March 2
CMS Tells Providers to Use ICD-9 Codes For Services Before Oct. 1 Changeover Date
March 2
Senators Ask, ‘Who's in Charge?' Noting Flaws in U.S. Ebola Response
March 2
AMA: Policies to Promote Interoperability Critical to Success of 21st Century Cures
March 2
House Speaker Vows to Block Vote On Governor's Medicaid Expansion Plan
March 2
House Defeats Second-Attempt Bill to Expand Medicaid Under ACA Provision
March 2
State Asks High Court to Overturn Decision on ACA's Medicaid MOE Provision
March 2
Exchange Gives People Facing Tax Penalty For Noncoverage Additional Time to Enroll
March 2
Sign-Ups Sag in Some State-Run Exchanges, Surge in States Using Federal Exchange Site
March 2
Preliminary Numbers Show State Fell Short on Exchange Private Plan Goal
March 2
Hospitals Test ‘Hub-and-Spoke’ Model As Way to Stabilize Rural Health Systems
March 2
Attorney General OKs Conditional Sale Of Nonprofit Hospitals to For-Profit Purchaser
March 2
Court Finds State's Foreign Pharmacy Law Unconstitutional, Preempted by Federal Law
March 2
Drug Breakthroughs Stir Payer Pushback at $5,000 a Month and Up
March 2
23andMe Gains FDA Approval For First Genetic Test Kits
March 2
Several States Pursue Innovative Approaches To Expanding Medicaid Under the ACA
March 2
Most Who Received ACA Subsidies Must Repay Portion of Them, H&R Block Finds
March 2
AHRQ Studies Raise Questions About Docs' Readiness for Next Stage of Meaningful Use
March 2
Medical ID Theft Increases As More U.S. Health Data Go Digital
March 2
No Relief for Employers' Budget Pains in Rx Survey
March 2
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
March 2
REGULATORY CALENDAR
March 2
CONFERENCES
March 2
New ACA Enrollment Period Allowed for Those Owing Penalties
February 23
Burwell Says 2015 ACA Sign-Ups on Track To Meet Goal of 9.1 Million Paid Enrollees
February 23
Data Analysts Say Third-Party Tracking Permitted on HealthCare.gov Excessive
February 23
CMS Outlines Methodology to Determine 2016 Payments Under Basic Health Program
February 23
House Republicans Won't Agree to Fix ACA Provision on Subsidies, Rep. Ryan Says
February 23
Senate Republicans Introduce Anti-ACA, Health-Care Extender Bills
February 23
Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal ACA's Tax on Health Insurance Companies
February 23
HHS's ‘Term of Art' Argument Has No Basis In Law, Common Sense, Plaintiffs Tell Court
February 23
11th Circuit Won't Reconsider Dismissal Of Case Challenging Employer Mandate Delay
February 23
Business Groups Want Delay In Small Group Market Expansion
February 23
Hospital Associations Ask Judge To Throw Out PhRMA's 340B Lawsuit
February 23
CMS Seeking Input on Transforming Advanced Primary Care Payment System
February 23
Nursing Home Rankings Will Drop Under CMS Change to Five-Star System
February 23
Coalition Wants CMS to Make Changes To Dialysis Facilities' Star Rating System
February 23
IRS Issues Guidance on Section 4980D Relief For Coverage Reimbursement Arrangements
February 23
CMS Delays Publishing Final Rule On Repaying Provider Overpayments
February 23
Democratic Lawmakers Urge Gov. Walker To Adopt Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Model
February 23
Medicaid Expansion Costs Offset By Savings, New Revenue, Study Finds
February 23
Governor's Plan for $1.5B in Medicaid Cuts Criticized by Hospital Association, Democrats
February 23
Report Says State's Medicaid Program Failed to Maximize Available Drug Rebates
February 23
Gov. Hogan Softens Tone on Exchange As Enrollment Season Ends Successfully
February 23
Exchange Official Expects Over 500,000 New Enrollees in Second Year by Feb. 22
February 23
Federal Court Blocks State Rate Cuts In Suit Over Developmental Disability Care
February 23
High Court Upholds Medicaid Denial Of Coverage for Weight Reduction Surgery
February 23
Aetna Signs Pact to Offer Prevention Plans Based on Genes, Behavior, to Improve Health
February 23
Use of Mobile Health Tools Essential For Precision Medicine, Verizon VP Says
February 23
Bacteria ‘Superbug’ May Have Infected UCLA Hospital Patients Via Endoscope Tools
February 23
Medicaid Managed Care: What's Ahead in 2015
February 23
Most State CHIP Officials Expect Funding To Continue; Some Making Contingency Plans
February 23
Medicaid Directors, Governors Share Views With Congress on Extending CHIP Funding
February 23
House and Senate Democrats Introduce Bills to Extend CHIP Funding Four Years
February 23
ACA Increasing Many Companies' Focus On Wellness Programs, IFEBP Survey Finds
February 23
Report Finds Decreased MA Funding Led to Drop in Value of Plan Benefits
February 23
HSA Assets Rose 29 Percent in 2014, Report Says
February 23
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
February 23
REGULATORY CALENDAR
February 23
Sen. Brown to Introduce CHIP Bill To Extend Funding Through 2019
February 2
Medicaid Advisers Plot Future of CHIP Coverage as Funding Set to Expire
February 2
CMS Urges States to Streamline Screening When Enrollees Become Medicare-Eligible
February 2
Lawmakers Press CMS for Answers About Oversight of Long-Term Services, Supports
February 2
ACA Enrollment Nears Goal With 19 Days to Go, HHS Says
February 2
ACA Coverage Provisions to Cost $100B Less Than Last Year's 10-Year Forecast, CBO Says
February 2
Advocacy Groups Want Federal Minimum Standards for ACA ‘Essential Health Benefits'
February 2
HHS Announces Plans to Tie Medicare Payments to Quality
February 2
IRS Finalizes Broad Tax Exemption Requirements for Health-Care CO-OPs
February 2
Up to 6M Taxpayers Likely to Pay ACA Penalty for Noncoverage in 2014
February 2
IRS Offers Relief From Penalties Related To Early Payments of ACA Premium Credit
February 2
Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Slowing As Number of Enrollees Growing, CBO Says
February 2
Major Changes Expected for EHR Incentive Program Reporting Requirements in 2015
February 2
Groups File Friend-of-Court Briefs Supporting Administration in Subsidy Case
February 2
High Court Won't Review Oklahoma's Case Challenging IRS Exchange Subsidy Rule
February 2
Ohio Sues Federal Government Over ACA's Transitional Reinsurance Program
February 2
Providers Face Too Much Risk When Setting Up ACOs, Lawmaker Says
February 2
Nearly 400 Groups Ask Congress to Reject Concept of Part D Rebates for Dual Eligibles
February 2
EEOC Treatment of Wellness Incentives Hurts Employers' Programs, Hearing Witnesses Say
February 2
CMS Further Extends Moratoria On New Providers in Certain Regions
February 2
Senate Finance OKs ‘Hire More Heroes' Bill on Scope of ACA Employer Mandate
February 2
Expand Medicare Reimbursement Under House Telehealth Bill, AHA Says
February 2
Executive Branch Lawyers Tell District Court House Can't Challenge ACA Implementation
February 2
OMB Reviewing Final HIPAA Rule on Sharing Mental Health Data for Background Checks
February 2
Expand ACO Rules to Include Similar Groups With Non-Medicare Payers, Hospitals Say
February 2
Bills Introduced to Create Hospital Network For Children With Complex Medical Needs
February 2
Sen. Grassley Demands Answers From Charitable Hospital on Billing Practices
February 2
House Panel Releases Draft Language on 21st Century Cures
February 2
FTC/DOJ Workshop on Competition To Feature ACOs, Pay Models, Other Topics
February 2
CMS Approves State's Waiver Plan As Alternative to ACA Medicaid Expansion
February 2
Governor Urges Lawmakers to Support Plan To Use Medicaid Funds to Expand Coverage
February 2
Expanding Medicaid Would Help Working Poor Gain Coverage, Governor Says
February 2
‘Growing Drumbeat’ on Medicaid Expansion Could Motivate Lawmakers, Supporters Say
February 2
State Residents Receive $3.2 Billion In 2014 Tax Credits for ACA Insurance
February 2
Health Plans Get More Time for Bids On Medicaid Comprehensive Contracts
February 2
Doctors Urge Health Commissioner To Delay E-Prescribing Requirements
February 2
State High Court Upholds Scheme, Says Tax Not Tied to Receipt of Medicaid
February 2
Nonprofit Clinic Settles With State to End Dispute Over Medicaid Fees for Dental Care
February 2
Eight State Legislatures Debate Adoption Of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
February 2
Insurers, Payers Launch Value-Based Payment Effort to Transform Health Care
February 2
Board of Patient Outcomes Group Approves Developing Funding Call for Obesity Studies
February 2
Study Projects Lower Costs for Families In Medicaid Than Under Exchange Plans
February 2
GAO Finds Wide Variation In Private Sector Health-Care Spending
February 2
AHIP Study: Premiums Higher in California Areas With High Hospital Concentration
February 2
CMS Says Primary Care Initiatives Show Promise for Saving Money, Improving Quality
February 2
AIDS Patients Face Price Discrimination In Some ACA Plans, Harvard Study Finds
February 2
Repealing ACA Medical Device Tax Would Create Jobs in Devices Industry
February 2
ACA Plans in 31 States Don't Cover Abortion
February 2
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
February 2
REGULATORY CALENDAR
February 2
CONFERENCES
February 2