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State Medicaid directors named delivery system and payment reform as their top priority in an annual operations survey from the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

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The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act would provide $385 million annually for the Hospital Preparedness Program. Congress stacks its agenda ahead of the July Fourth recess, focusing on health care funding, surprise billing, single-payer proposals, and drug pricing.

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A House letter calling for a delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts has 178 bipartisan signatures; the deadline to sign is May 3. A House committee holds the first congressional hearing on the Medicare for All Act.

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America's Essential Hospitals reviews examples of state-led litigation and state legislation regarding various coverage-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will accept proposed topics for Evidence-based Practice Center reports through Sept. 21.

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Applications are open for two projects of particular interest to essential hospitals: the Systems for Action research program and the Culture of Health Prize.

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Reports by the National Academy of State Health Policy and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission point to new trends, including increased focus on reform, new financing mechanisms, and standardized evaluation.

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An agency bulletin instructs states on how to seek approval for state-directed payment arrangements and distinguishes directed payments from other payment models.

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Tuesday's decision effectively ends Congress’ current push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act; a letter calling for the delay of Medicaid DSH cuts has garnered nearly 200 signatures in the House.

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CMS is seeking broad feedback on a new direction for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, with increased emphasis on patient-centered care and market-based reforms.

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The bill would replace Medicaid expansion funding and private insurance subsidies with $1.2 trillion in block grants to states; the Congressional Budget Office is expected to release a score early next week.

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After Affordable Care Act repeal efforts collapsed in the Senate, the administration began considering options on cost-sharing reduction payments, but some lawmakers remain focused on repeal.

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The Senate approved a motion to proceed, which is needed to open floor debate of a repeal bill; it remains unclear how the Senate will proceed.

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Senate Majority Leader McConnell said he would bring up a repeal-only bill that includes a two-year transition period for replacing the Affordable Care Act, but three Republican senators oppose the plan.

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Senate Republican leadership continues negotiations with Republican holdouts; a vote on the bill is expected before the month-long August recess.

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Researchers from George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund found the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026.

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Negotiations continue; areas of contention include the Medicaid per-capita cap growth rate and the phase out of Medicaid expansion enhanced funding.

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A revised draft of the Senate bill was released to address some Republicans' concerns, but it made no meaningful changes to the bill’s Medicaid provisions.

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A group of Republican and Democratic governors sent a letter to Senate leadership encouraging a bipartisan approach to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Republican leadership recently indicated the possibility of a vote by the end of July, before the month-long August recess.

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The plan would reduce funding for social and entitlement programs for low-income Americans by $1.7 trillion, including a $610 billion cut to Medicaid.

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Senate Republicans stay focused on a strategy to repeal and replace the ACA; committees hold hearings on public health, Medicare, and chronic conditions.

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quality

An initiative aims to convene and support an essential providers network to promote payment and delivery reform amid uncertainty surrounding health policy.

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A 13-member Senate working group made up of conservative and moderate Republicans now begins to craft its own version of the legislation.

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Three new amendments garnered enough Republican support to pass the bill in a 217-213 vote; CBO has not scored the bill since the amendments were added.

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Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, testified at an event held by House Democrats on the Republican-proposed bill to repeal the ACA.

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The replacement plan would make steep cuts to Medicaid and leave an estimated 24 million more people uninsured, compared with current law under the ACA.

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Whether you join us or support the fight from home, urge lawmakers to ensure continued coverage access and stable, equitable, sustainable Medicaid funding.

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The new BMC study underscores “the importance of continued support for safety-net and minority-serving hospitals as national reform unfolds."

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The plan would convert Medicaid to a program managed entirely by states through block grants or per-capita allotments from the federal government.

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quality

The National Safety Net Advancement Center at Arizona State University has announced virtual learning collaboratives and grant funding of up to $80,000 for hospitals working to overcome payment and care delivery reform challenges.

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Feedback due Nov. 17 on provisions to implement MIPS and APM participation incentives; MIPS quality measures of particular interest to hospitals

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New data brief from Essential Hospitals Institute investigates which hospital characteristics are linked with lower CMS star ratings and finds that large, urban, teaching hospitals tend to receive lower star ratings.

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Proposed renewals must be for demonstrations that are working effectively and have no major or complex policy changes. Certain waivers that use the enhanced FMAP are ineligible.

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webinar

Learn how Care New England Health System saw rapid improvement and organizational transformation by promoting partnership between physicians, nurses and hospital administrators.

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webinar

UHS staff discussed how DSRIP-supported improvement projects have impacted patient care and quality outcomes.

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This organizational change model is helping Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System better manage greater service demand post-health care reform.

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Calls for HHS to establish specific criteria for approval, document how programs will address the health of low-income populations, and ensure federal funding is not duplicated.

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View the recorded webcast on how California’s DSRIP waiver impacts patient care and quality outcomes at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

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View the recorded webcast on how California’s DSRIP waiver impacts patient care and quality outcomes at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

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