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Julie Kozminski

Senior Policy Analyst

Julie Kozminski is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

The roadmap implements the three pillars of the President's March 2022 Strategy to Address our National Mental Health Crisis.

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HHS seeks input on the No Surprises Act's advanced explanation of benefits and good faith estimate requirements for insured individuals; comments are due Nov. 15.

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An Aug. 31 CMS proposed rule aims to streamline Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and ensure continuous coverage throughout the renewal process.

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In a new state policy brief, America’s Essential Hospitals outlines opportunities to expand the health care workforce through Medicaid graduate medical education funding.

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The rule finalizes disclosure requirements for the qualifying payment amount and select provisions for the related independent dispute resolution process.

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The proposed rule expands the definition of discrimination "on the basis of sex" and explicitly includes telehealth services in nondiscrimination policies.

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A recently passed New Hampshire law requires health care facilities to implement and maintain workplace violence prevention programs.

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The Department seeks comment on Public Service Loan Forgiveness program eligibility policies for physicians at nonprofit hospitals.

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Washington lawmakers expanded the state's charity care program but did not include additional funding to cover the extra uncompensated costs for hospitals.

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The expansion of the state's Medi-Cal program will provide health care coverage for an additional 764,000 people by 2024.

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The GAO reviewed recent and planned actions to enhance oversight of state-directed payments and found the effectiveness of these actions is unknown and information gaps remain.

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The HHS Office of Climate Change and Health Equity announced a climate change webinar series, beginning July 14, and shared a companion resource compendium.

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Amid strong financial conditions, state Medicaid spending is forecasted to grow at a slower rate in FY 2023 compared with FY 2022, based on proposed budgets.

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CMS approved Colorado's Section 1332 waiver application to create a state-based standard health benefit plan.

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In its June report to Congress, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission considers oversight of managed care directed payments and examines Medicaid's role in advancing health equity.

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The tool compiles existing guidance to help states prepare to return to regular Medicaid operations after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

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The agency's strategy to strengthen behavioral health care focuses on improving access, equity, quality, and data integration.

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CMS on May 25 approved proposals in four states to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days to one year after birth.

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A new advisory from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, calls for a whole-of-society approach to protect and support health workers facing burnout.

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The webpage includes renewal instructions for eligible beneficiaries and guidance for ineligible beneficiaries to secure insurance through the marketplaces.

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A new Colorado law mandates that each hospital form a staffing committee and report its annual master nurse staffing plan to the health department.

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A new CMS resource highlights federal requirements for program renewals, verifications, applications, and oversight amid the anticipated COVID-19 public health emergency unwinding.

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The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1.800.273.8255, will transition to 988 on all devices on July 16.

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The association urged HHS to provide funding, educate stakeholders, and build capacity to execute the 2022 Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan.

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HHS urges governors to start planning for the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency; FDA authorizes a Pfizer booster vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

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New HHS initiatives focus on climate change, health equity, and the role health care stakeholders can play in promoting climate resilience.

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The final rule raises the essential community provider threshold from 20 to 35 percent and uses wait time standards to evaluate qualified health plans for network adequacy.

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In a white paper, the association encourages CMS to develop policies that reduce disparities and incorporate equity into waiver approval and evaluation processes.

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Hospitals and other industry stakeholders are invited to pledge by June 3 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase their climate resilience.

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America's Essential Hospitals generally supports the tool, as it will direct investments to target several social determinants of health, but recommended the tool show aggregate data at the state and county levels.

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The independent dispute resolution process can be initiated to resolve payment disputes between health care providers and issuers.

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