CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rules for Medicaid Managed Care/Alternative Benefit Plans, CHIP Coverage

CMS has published a proposed rule that would apply provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) to Medicaid beneficiaries who receive services through managed care organizations or alternative benefit plans and to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In general, such programs will be required to meet the mental health and substance use disorder benefits parity requirements regarding financial and quantitative and nonquantitative treatment limitations consistent with regulation applicable to private insurers. CMS also proposes to require such plans to make available upon request to beneficiaries and contracting providers the criteria for medical necessity determinations with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The proposed rule also would require the state to make available to the enrollee the reason for any denial of reimbursement or payment for services with respect to mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The proposed rule was published on April 10, 2015, and comments are due by June 9, 2015.

CMS Proposes Extension of Enhanced Funding for Certain Medicaid Eligibility & Enrollment Systems

On April 16, 2015, CMS published a proposed rule that would revise the definition of Medicaid mechanized claims processing and information retrieval systems to include Medicaid eligibility and enrollment (E&E) systems, which would make enhanced federal financial participation (FFP) available for such systems on an ongoing basis (current regulatory authority for such enhanced funding expired December 31, 2015). The proposed rule would set forth standards and conditions for qualifying for this enhanced funding. According to CMS, the proposed rule “would allow states to improve customer service and support the dynamic nature of Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, and delivery systems.” CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule through. June 15, 2015.

President Obama Signs MACRA: Permanently Reforms Medicare Physician Reimbursement Framework, Includes Other Health Policy Provisions

This Client Alert was written by Deb McCurdy, Elizabeth Carder-Thompson, Dan Cody, Gail Daubert, Tom Greeson, Paul Pitts, Trey Andrews, Katie Hurley and Rahul Narula.

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), which reforms Medicare payment policy for physician services and adopts a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers.

Most notably, MACRA permanently repeals the statutory Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, achieving a goal that has eluded Congress for years. This step overrides a 21.2 percent across-the-board cut in Medicare physician payments that briefly took effect April 1, 2015, and ends a long cycle of Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) cuts being triggered automatically and Congress then responding with temporary patches. Instead, after a period of stable payment updates, MACRA will link physician payment updates to quality, value measurements, and participation in alternative payment models. MACRA also extends certain expiring Medicare and other health policy provisions, including a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

To finance these provisions, MACRA reduces market basket updates for post-acute care providers, revises inpatient hospital payment rate updates, restructures Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) reductions, imposes additional income-related adjustments for Medicare Part B and Part D premiums, and bars first-dollar Medigap coverage policies. Finally, MACRA includes a number of policy provisions, including: new program integrity policies; a binding bid requirement under the durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program; an additional delay in enforcement of the “two midnight” hospital inpatient status policy; and revisions to payment for global surgical packages.

This Client Alert summarizes the major Medicare and Medicaid provisions of MACRA, focusing on those provisions we believe to be of most interest to our clients. We would be pleased to provide additional details upon request.

To read the full Client Alert, click here.

OIG Posts FY 2014 State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Data

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released detailed statistical data on MFCU enforcement actions, recoveries, and expenditures for fiscal year 2014. Overall, state MFCUs reported more than $2 billion in criminal and civil recoveries (settlements, judgments, or prefiling settlements) in FY 2014, more than $1.7 billion of which were civil recoveries. The states also had a total of 16,464 open fraud or abuse/neglect investigations at the end of FY 2014, and they reported 1,318 convictions and 874 civil settlements and judgments during the year. State-specific data also is available in interactive map form.

GAO Seeks Stronger CMS Measurement of State Medicaid Program Integrity System Effectiveness

Based on a review of 10 state Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) used to process claims and support program integrity efforts, the GAO has concluded that the effectiveness of these systems is not known because CMS does not require states to measure results related to detecting and preventing improper payments. The GAO therefore recommends that CMS require states to measure and report quantifiable benefits of program integrity systems when requesting federal funds; CMS agreed.

OIG Report: Access to Care, Provider Availability in Medicaid Managed Care

The OIG has issued a report entitled “Access to Care: Provider Availability in Medicaid Managed Care,” which found that more than half of Medicaid managed care providers could not offer appointments to Medicaid enrollees, and one third could not be found at the location listed by the plan. The OIG observed that there could be long waits for appointments at those providers who offered appointments; while the median wait time was two weeks, 10% had wait times longer than two months. Primary care providers were less likely to offer an appointment than specialists, but specialists tended to have longer wait times. The OIG notes that access to care has taken on heightened importance as enrollment grows in Medicaid managed care programs. The OIG therefore urged CMS to work with states to (1) assess the number of providers offering appointments and improve the accuracy of plan information, (2) ensure that plans' networks are adequate, and (3) ensure that plans are complying with existing state standards and assess whether additional standards are needed. CMS concurred.

OIG Examines Varying State Standards for Access to Care in Medicaid Managed Care

The OIG has issued a report evaluating state standards for access to care for Medicaid managed care program enrollees, an issue which the OIG notes has taken on heightened importance as enrollment in such programs grows. Based on a review of the 33 states with comprehensive, "full risk" Medicaid managed care, the OIG concluded that state standards for access to care vary widely. For example, state standards for primary care providers range from one primary care provider for every 100 enrollees to one provider for every 2,500 enrollees. The OIG also pointed out varying state strategies to assess compliance with access standards, and noted that most states did not identify any violations of such standards over a five-year period. The OIG recommend that CMS: (1) strengthen its oversight of state standards, including ensuring that states develop standards for key provider types; (2) strengthen its oversight of states' methods to assess access standard compliance; (3) improve states' efforts to identify and address violations of access standards; and (4) provide technical assistance to states. CMS concurred with the recommendations.

OIG Highlights State Medicaid Policies that Inflate Federal Costs

The OIG has created a “Spotlight” page on its internet site focusing on “Medicaid: State Policies that Result in Inflated Federal Costs.” The page compiles OIG reports that highlighted “State policies that distort the cost-sharing arrangement, causing the Federal Government to pay more than its share of Medicaid expenditures.” According to the OIG, such mechanisms do not increase benefits to beneficiaries, but they increase states' funds at the expense of the federal government. The OIG discusses steps that have been taken to close loopholes in this area, but it notes that more work remains. The OIG continues to recommend that CMS seek legislation to strengthen its ability to curb wasteful federal spending stemming from states claiming reimbursement for excessive payments.

CMS Seeks Input on Potential Delivery Innovations in Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, & Other Programs

CMS is seeking input on initiatives to test care delivery innovations in the Medicare Part D program, Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans, and other government programs. CMS notes that while “[h]ealth plans increasingly have responded to market developments and fiscal pressures with innovations in care delivery, plan design, beneficiary and provider incentives, and network design,” adoption of such innovations has been more limited in stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP), Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MA-PD), Medicaid managed care plans, Medigap plans, and Retiree Supplemental health plans. CMS therefore is seeking responses to a request for information (RFI) on potential of models to test innovations in these plans related to: (1) plan design, (2) care delivery, (3) beneficiary and provider incentives; and/or (4) network design.

For instance, with respect to drug plans, CMS is considering a PDP model that will test the impact of “robust medication therapy management programs and cost sharing differentials that effectively target Part D beneficiaries and will better coordinate care, manage health care costs, and improve outcomes.” CMS is likewise exploring potential initiatives to collaborate with Medigap and Retiree Supplemental plans on models to manage the care of complex, high-cost beneficiaries. CMS also may explore innovations in MA and MA-PD health plan design for Medicare beneficiaries, including:

  • Value-based insurance design to incentivize beneficiaries with specific health conditions to use high-value health care services and/or providers;
  • Inclusion of remote access technologies beyond what is covered by original Medicare; and 
  • Integration of hospice care benefits concurrently with curative care in the basic benefit package.

CMS points out that testing such models will require collaboration with health plans, states, and other stakeholders. Comments will be accepted on the RFI until November 3, 2014. The RFI does not commit CMS to contracting or making a grant award in this area. 

HHS Launches Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program

On July 14, 2014, HHS announced a $100 million Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program to assist state health system reform efforts designed to improve health care while reducing costs. The initiative, which is intended to complement other federal-state delivery system reform efforts, will “help jumpstart innovation” by providing data analytics, quality measurement, and other technical supports, and advancing timely dissemination of best practices among states.

OIG Highlights Inconsistencies in State Reporting of the Federal Share of Medicaid Drug Rebates

The OIG issued a report today entitled “Inconsistencies in States’ Reporting of the Federal Share of Medicaid Drug Rebates.”  States are eligible for higher federal financial participation (FFP) rates for certain Medical Assistance services, such as those related to family planning, Indian Health Services, and breast and cervical cancer care. Based on prior work, the OIG was concerned that states may not always use the higher FFP rates when refunding to the federal government its share of drug rebates that drug manufacturers paid to the states, which could result in a loss of federal share. The new OIG report assesses whether states reported drug rebates at the applicable FFP rates for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. According to the OIG, while states claimed drug expenditures at higher FFP rates, they did not consistently report the federal share of drug rebates at those higher FFP rates for one or more quarters during the review period. The OIG also found that states used different methodologies to determine the federal share of drug rebates, which could be attributed to a lack of specific national CMS guidance instructing states to report drug rebates at the FFP rates at which drugs were originally reimbursed or that identifies acceptable methods to determine the federal share of drug rebates. The OIG recommended that CMS issue guidance that clearly instructs states to report drug rebates at the applicable FFP rates and identify acceptable methods to determine the federal share of drug rebates; CMS concurred.

GAO Reviews Financial Characteristics of Applicants for Medicaid Nursing Home Coverage

The GAO has issued a report entitled “Medicaid: Financial Characteristics of Approved Applicants and Methods Used to Reduce Assets to Qualify for Nursing Home Coverage.”  The report highlights ways applicants in Florida, New York, and South Carolina reduce their countable assets to qualify for Medicaid nursing home coverage, including (1) spending countable resources on goods and services that are not countable towards financial eligibility, such as prepaid funeral arrangements; (2) converting countable resources into noncountable resources that generate an income stream for the applicant (e.g., an annuity or promissory note); (3) giving away countable assets as a gift to another individual (which could lead to a penalty period that delays Medicaid nursing home coverage); and (4) for married applicants, increasing the amount of assets a spouse remaining in the community can retain (e.g., through the purchase of an annuity). The report does not include recommendations.

GAO Calls for Greater Medicaid Managed Care Program Integrity Efforts

A recent GAO report, “Medicaid Program Integrity: Increased Oversight Needed to Ensure Integrity of Growing Managed Care Expenditures," identified gaps in both state and federal Medicaid managed care program integrity efforts. For instance, based on a review of Medicaid activities in seven states, the GAO found that five state program integrity units and four Medicaid Fraud Control Units focused on Medicaid FFS claims and do not closely examine Medicaid managed care activities. Likewise, the GAO concluded that federal entities have taken few steps to address Medicaid managed care program integrity. As a result, federal and state entities may not be able to ensure that managed care organizations are taking appropriate actions to identify, prevent, or discourage improper payments. Given the expanding role of Medicaid managed care, inadequate managed care program integrity efforts “will leave a growing portion of federal Medicaid dollars vulnerable to improper payments.” The GAO therefore recommended that CMS: require states to audit payments to and by managed care organizations; update its guidance on Medicaid managed care program integrity; and provide states additional support for managed care oversight, such as audit assistance from existing contractors.

OIG Proposed Rule Would Expand Civil Monetary Penalty Authority

On the heels of its proposed rule to expand its health program exclusion authority, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services has published a proposed rule that would amend the health care program civil monetary penalty (CMP) regulations. The rule would codify the OIG’s expanded statutory authority under the Affordable Care Act to impose CMPs on providers and suppliers and would allow for significant penalties in a variety of scenarios, some of which could extend beyond what is currently permitted.

Reed Smith attorneys have prepared a Client Alert summarizing and analyzing the OIG’s proposed rule, including the various scenarios under which CMPs could be issued under the proposed regulations, such as: failure to report and return an overpayment; failure to grant OIG timely access to records upon request; ordering or prescribing items or services while excluded from a federal health care program, as well as arranging or contracting with an individual or entity who meets this criteria; making false statements or omitting or misrepresenting material facts in an application, bid, or contract; and failing to submit or certify drug-pricing and product information in a timely manner. In addition, the alert covers the changes in technical language proposed by OIG to clarify and more clearly define the scope of CMP regulations.

The Client Alert is available here.

FY 2013 Medicaid Integrity Program Report

The OIG’s “Medicaid Integrity Program Report for Fiscal Year 2013,” released earlier this month, provides details on funding for the OIG's Medicaid program integrity efforts, summarizes significant OIG Medicaid-related reviews and investigations, highlights Medicaid Fraud Control Unit activities, and notes Medicaid-related projects included in the OIG’s Work Plan for FY 2014.

OIG Issues Annual Report on Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Activities

The OIG has released its Medicaid Fraud Control Units Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report, which highlights achievements from the investigations and prosecutions conducted by the 50 MFCUs along with related OIG oversight activities. In FY 2013, MFCUs nationwide reported a total of 1,341 criminal convictions in cases involving Medicaid fraud and patient abuse and neglect, and nearly $1 billion in criminal recoveries. Criminal convictions involved a variety of provider types, most notably home health agencies. MFCUs also obtained 879 civil settlements and judgments in FY 2013. Civil recoveries totaled over $1.5 billion, with cases involving a variety of provider types, particularly pharmaceutical companies. More than 1,000 Medicaid providers convicted in MFCU cases were excluded from federal health care programs by the OIG in FY 2013. The OIG notes that a lack of fraud referrals to MFCUs from Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) presents challenges, and MCFU officials expressed concern that some MCOs may not have incentive to refer providers suspected of fraud. The OIG also determined that ACA provider payment suspension rules require more coordination between MFCUs and State Medicaid agencies.

MACPAC Issues Annual Report to Congress on Medicaid, CHIP Policy

On March 14, 2014, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recommended that Congress take steps to promote continuity in Medicaid coverage, such as by providing states with an option for 12-month continuous eligibility for adults and extending the current transitional medical assistance program. Among other things, the report also discusses at length the policy implications of Medicaid non-disproportionate share hospital supplemental payments, and calls for additional data collection related to these payments to promote transparency, support program integrity efforts, and facilitate assessments of Medicaid payment adequacy. In addition, the report includes a statistical supplement containing detailed Medicaid data.

CMS Finalizes Rule to Strengthen Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Options

On January 16, 2014, CMS published a final rule that implements expanded federal support for HCBS offered as an optional benefit through state Medicaid programs, as authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Deficit Reduction Act. Specifically, the rule establishes eligibility requirements for Medicaid HCBS provided under sections 1915(c), 1915(i), and 1915(k) of the Social Security Act. In a fact sheet accompanying the rule, CMS emphasized the important stakeholder input it received during the rulemaking process, which resulted in CMS “moving away from defining home and community-based settings by ‘what they are not,’ and toward defining them by the nature and quality of individuals’ experiences” (although certain institutional facilities, including nursing facilities, institutions for mental diseases, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and hospitals generally are not considered to meet the definition of a home and community-based setting).

Under the rule, CMS intends to promote access to the most integrated settings that provide alternatives to services provided in institutions, using an “outcome-oriented definition” of HCBS settings instead of one based on location, geography, or physical characteristics. Under the rule, home and community-based settings must: be integrated in and support full access to the greater community; be selected by the individual from among setting options; ensure individual rights of privacy, dignity and respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint; optimize autonomy and independence in making life choices; and facilitate choice regarding services and who provides them. Note that the rule includes additional requirements for provider-owned or controlled home and community-based residential settings, including that the individual has a lease or other legally enforceable agreement, and standards related to the individual’s privacy, control over schedule and visitors, and physical accessibility of the setting.

In addition to defining home and community-based settings, the final rule addresses many other aspects of Medicaid HCBS programs, including requirements that services under section 1915(c) and 1915(i) be established through a person-centered planning process that addresses health and long-term services and support needs in a manner that reflects individual preferences and goals. It also implements new flexibility for states to target services to specific populations and to combine multiple target populations in one waiver, while streamlining waiver administration.

The rule is effective March 17, 2014, but CMS is providing transition periods both for states adopting new programs, and for those states with currently-approved waivers and state plans that may need to develop a plan to bring their program into compliance. The text of the rule is available at , and additional materials are posted at http://www.medicaid.gov/HCBS. CMS also stresses that there will be continued opportunities for stakeholder input as it works with states to implement this final rule.

HHS Publishes FY 2015 FMAP Amounts

HHS has published a notice announcing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (eFMAP), and disaster-recovery FMAP adjustments for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The new amounts will be used in the calculation of federal matching for state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures and other HHS programs, beginning October 1, 2014.

CMS Boosts Provider Enrollment Fee for 2014

CMS has announced the 2014 application fee for institutional providers that are initially enrolling in the Medicare or Medicaid program or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); revalidating their Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP enrollment; or adding a new Medicare practice location (unless a hardship exemption applies). The fee for 2014 is $542, up from $532 in 2013. CMS uses a broad definition of institutional entities subject to the application fee; it applies to “any provider or supplier that submits a paper Medicare enrollment application using the CMS-855A, CMS-855B (not including physician and non-physician practitioner organizations), CMS-855S or associated Internet-based PECOS enrollment application,” along with additional categories of Medicaid-only and CHIP-only institutional providers.

Older Entries

November 25, 2013 — CMS Letter to States on Quality Considerations for Medicaid and CHIP Integrated Care Models

November 14, 2013 — Obama Administration Releases Initial Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Numbers

September 16, 2013 — OIG Reports Point States to Potential Medicaid DMEPOS Savings

August 27, 2013 — CMS Suspends Medicaid NARP Drug Data Collection

August 27, 2013 — Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Allotments

July 29, 2013 — CMS Issues Final Medicaid Eligibility/Enrollment Rule under the ACA

July 29, 2013 — July Health Policy Hearings

June 27, 2013 — MACPAC Report Addresses Medicaid and CHIP Policies

June 11, 2013 — State DSH Allotments Methodology

June 11, 2013 — CMS Guidance to States on Facilitating 2014 Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment

June 11, 2013 — Health Policy Hearings

May 8, 2013 — Updated Draft Medicaid Federal Upper Limit (FUL) Files Posted

April 15, 2013 — CMS Issues Final Rule on Federal Funding for Medicaid Expansion under the ACA

April 15, 2013 — OIG Releases FY 2012 Medicaid Integrity Report

March 27, 2013 — MACPAC 2013 Report to Congress on Medicaid/CHIP

January 30, 2013 — CMS Proposes Changes to Medicaid Eligibility, Benefits, and Appeals Rules

January 30, 2013 — OIG Assesses State Medicaid Third-Party Liability Collection

January 11, 2013 — CMS Releases Updated Draft Medicaid FUL Files

December 19, 2012 — GAO Reviews Effectiveness of Medicaid Program Integrity Efforts

December 19, 2012 — GAO Examines Characteristics of Providers Receiving Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

December 17, 2012 — HHS Sets FMAP Amounts for FY 2014

December 17, 2012 — CMS Provides Guidance to States on ACA Medicaid and Insurance Provisions

December 17, 2012 — OIG Releases 2012 Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations

December 17, 2012 — December Congressional Hearings and Markups

December 5, 2012 — House Panel Schedules Hearing on Implementation of ACA's Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion (Dec. 13)

November 29, 2012 — HHS Proposes Standards for Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation under the ACA

November 29, 2012 — OIG "Portfolio Report" on Personal Care Services

November 28, 2012 — CMS Posts Information on Medicaid Data and the ACA Branded Prescription Drug Fee Program

November 16, 2012 — CMS Final Rule Boosts Medicaid Primary Care Payments, Vaccine Administration Fees

November 12, 2012 — MACPAC Meeting on Medicaid Policy Issues (Nov. 15)

October 30, 2012 — OIG Calls on CMS to Implement Medicaid Drug AMP-Based FUL Payments

October 30, 2012 — CMS Posts Updated Draft Medicaid Drug Pricing Files

October 16, 2012 — OIG Issues FY 2013 Work Plan

October 16, 2012 — CMS Invites Comments on Draft Medicaid Drug Pricing Data (FULs, NARP, NADAC)

October 15, 2012 — OIG Examines Employment of Excluded Individuals by Medicaid Managed Care Entity Providers

September 27, 2012 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

September 27, 2012 — State Collection of Medicaid Rebates for Drugs Paid Through Medicaid MCOs

September 27, 2012 — GAO Information on States' Use of Medicaid Managed Care

September 12, 2012 — CMS Monthly Calls on ACA Provider Issues - Medicaid Expansion Call on Sept. 13

September 5, 2012 — GAO Report Focuses on Medicaid Supplemental Payments

September 5, 2012 — GAO Examines State Medicaid LTC Eligibility Information

August 17, 2012 — GAO Reviews States' Implementation of ACA Medicaid Provisions

July 31, 2012 — HHS Announces Funding Opportunity for State Innovation Models Initiative

July 31, 2012 — Updated Draft Medicaid Drug Payment FUL Files Released

July 30, 2012 — CMS Announces Updated Medicaid, DSH, and CHIP Allotments for States

July 25, 2012 — CMS Webinar: State Innovation Models Initiative Overview (July 26)

July 25, 2012 — CMS Webinar on Retail Community Pharmacy Consumer Prices Survey (July 26)

July 19, 2012 — CMS Guidance on Medicaid Integrated Care Models

July 18, 2012 — CMS Releases Updated Draft Medicaid Drug Payment FUL Files

June 27, 2012 — MACPAC Report to Congress

June 23, 2012 — CMS Webinar on Medicaid National Average Drug Acquisition Cost Survey (June 28)

June 18, 2012 — June Congressional Health Policy Hearings

June 18, 2012 — OIG Revises State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Performance Standards

June 13, 2012 — Coverage and Payment for Genetic Laboratory Tests

June 13, 2012 — CMS Posts Updated Draft Medicaid Drug Payment FUL Files

June 8, 2012 — CMS Accepting Comments on Draft Methodology for Calculating National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC)

May 31, 2012 — CMS Final Rule on Medicaid Disallowances, Overpayment Recoveries, and Technical Corrections

May 14, 2012 — CMS Publishes Two Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rules

May 14, 2012 — CMS Proposes Increased Medicaid Payments for Primary Care Services

May 8, 2012 — CMS Finalizes Changes in Medicare/Medicaid Provider and Supplier Enrollment, Ordering, Documentation Requirements

April 23, 2012 — OIG Finds Limited Benefit of Medicare-Medicaid Data Match Program

April 23, 2012 — OIG Issues FY 2011 Medicaid Integrity Program Report

April 2, 2012 — House Approves GOP Budget with Medicare, Medicaid Provisions

April 2, 2012 — Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on ACA Challenges

April 2, 2012 — MACPAC Report to Congress on Medicaid, CHIP Policy

March 30, 2012 — Updated Draft Medicaid Drug Payment FUL Files Posted

March 29, 2012 — Congressional Health Policy Hearings

March 14, 2012 — OIG Report on Excluded Providers in Medicaid Managed Care Plans

February 28, 2012 — CMS Final Rule on Review and Approval Process for Section 1115 Demonstrations

February 28, 2012 — Maximum Medicaid RAC Contingency Fees for DME Overpayments

February 24, 2012 — CMS Posts Draft FUL Files for November 2011

February 13, 2012 — CMS Guidance to States on Capitated Financial Alignment Demonstration Plans

February 13, 2012 — CMS Guidance on Termination of Medicaid Provider Participation

January 31, 2012 — CMS Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Rule to Implement ACA Medicaid Manufacturer Rebate and Pharmacy Reimbursement Provisions

January 25, 2012 — CMS Proposes Changes to Medicaid DSH Rules

January 25, 2012 — CMS Releases Additional Draft ACA Medicaid Drug Pricing/FUL Files

January 5, 2012 — Final Medicaid Core Quality Measures

January 5, 2012 — OIG Focuses on Medicaid Managed Care Fraud and Abuse Concerns

December 13, 2011 — HHS Publishes FY 2013 FMAP Amounts

December 13, 2011 — December Congressional Health Policy Hearings

November 30, 2011 — President Signs Bill to Repeal 3% Government Payment Tax Withholding Provision, Revise Medicaid Eligibility Standard

November 29, 2011 — CMS Posts Third Draft Federal Upper Limit (FUL) Files Under ACA

November 14, 2011 — CMS Announces $523 Medicare, Medicaid, & CHIP Enrollment Application Fee for 2012

November 14, 2011 — GAO Presents Framework for Medicaid Funding Formula Revisions

November 14, 2011 — Senate Approves Legislation to Repeal Government Payment Tax Withholding Provision,Reform Medicaid Eligibility Standard

October 28, 2011 — House Clears Bills on Government Payment Tax Withholding, Medicaid Eligibility Standard

October 28, 2011 — OIG Reviews Medicaid Drug Expenditure Controls

October 28, 2011 — OIG Report Examines Drug Costs to Medicaid Pharmacies

October 28, 2011 — CMS Releases Second Draft Federal Upper Limit (FUL) Files Under ACA

October 14, 2011 — OIG Proposes Revisions to Performance Standards for State Medicaid Fraud Control Units, Posts Interactive MFCU Statistical Map

September 29, 2011 — Medicaid RAC Program

September 29, 2011 — Congressional Hearings Examine Variety of Health Industry Issues

September 28, 2011 — CMS Issues Subregulatory Guidance on ACA Medicaid Drug Pricing Policy

September 1, 2011 — OIG Reports on Medicaid Drug Rebates: Rebate Collections, Impact on Medicaid Prices

August 16, 2011 — Obama Administration Issues Rules on ACA Insurance Exchanges

August 16, 2011 — CMS Proposes Changes to Medicaid FFP & Other Medicaid/CHIP Rules

August 16, 2011 — OIG Follow-Up Report on Medicaid Hospital Outlier Payments

August 5, 2011 — CMS Discusses Details of New "National Average Drug Acquisition Cost" Survey

August 1, 2011 — OIG Report on Medicaid Drug Payment Policy

July 29, 2011 — States' Planned Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Oversight