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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

The regulatory freeze could affect rules directing health clinics to pass certain drug discounts on to patients, establishing minimum standards in Medicaid state drug utilization review, and modifying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy arrangements.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

We thank the administration for recognizing the need to better analyze the proposed regulation’s potential effects. We cannot afford unintended consequences that harm the safety net — especially now, as we continue to battle COVID-19.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

In mid-September, CMS Administrator Seema Verma withdrew the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) via a tweet, citing stakeholder concerns. America's Essential Hospitals asserts formally withdrawing MFAR would be the best course of action both for CMS and stakeholders.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

America's Essential Hospitals thanks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for recognizing the potential for unintended consequences of its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation and withdrawing this potentially damaging rule.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

America's Essential Hospitals, along with five other national associations, calls for withdrawal of the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation. In a letter, the groups note that the rule, if finalized, would exacerbate public health and economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

Republicans and Democrats have yet to make progress in negotiations on the next COVID-19 bill; the association shared essential hospital priorities with congressional leadership. A new House bill would ensure hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program will not lose eligibility during the pandemic.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

The highly anticipated bill would add $25 billion to the Provider Relief Fund and extend Medicare telehealth flexibility. It would not block the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation or delay the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cut scheduled for Dec. 1.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

Senate leaders have indicated they will develop and try to pass a “phase four” COVID-19 bill by the end of this month. Members should contact their senators now and urge them to support key essential hospital priorities in the next COVID-19 relief package.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

In a letter, America's Essential Hospitals urged the agency to reopen the comment period for the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation to allow stakeholders to address the proposed rule's impact, as the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the health care and economic landscapes.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

The March 20 letter details additional action needed to support essential hospitals as they respond to the pandemic. The letter also explains how essential hospitals face significant financial challenges as they work on the front lines of public health threats.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

After two failed votes, senators continue negotiations on a $1.6 trillion funding package to boost the economy and improve access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, House Democratic leadership unveiled competing legislation to provide relief.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

Congressional leaders are holding several hearings to inform their COVID-19 response and negotiating legislation that could provide up to $8 billion in emergency supplemental funding to respond to the outbreak.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

In a new Modern Healthcare commentary, association President and CEO Bruce Siegel explains that the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation would do more to shrink Medicaid than to contribute to program integrity and transparency.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

HHS Secretary Alex Azar will discuss the president's proposed fiscal year 2021 budget at several congressional hearings. A bipartisan Senate letter calls for incorporating social determinants into star ratings. A new association work group focuses on the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

Administrator Verma writes that provisions of the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation are meant to ensure transparent and lawful use of taxpayer resources to fund Medicaid. She contends that nothing in the proposal is meant to reduce Medicaid funding or prohibit supplemental payments.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

In its bipartisan proposal on surprise medical bills, the House Committee on Ways and Means would preserve the ability of providers and health plans to negotiate the payment rate for out-of-network care. Also, the president releases his FY 2021 budget plan, including $920 billion in Medicaid cuts.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

In its submitted comments, the association outlines overarching and specific problems that necessitate withdrawal of the rule to protect the stability and viability of the Medicaid program.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

The proposal would "cut at the very core of the Medicaid program by introducing unprecedented restrictions on states’ ability to fund their share of the Medicaid program," America's Essential Hospitals says.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

America's Essential Hospitals encourages members to share their concerns about the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation with Congress and CMS. Meanwhile, the House returns to health care business after a one-week recess, and the Senate impeachment trial continues.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

America’s Essential Hospitals encourages members to submit by Feb. 1 comments to CMS detailing the devastating impact of the MFAR’s proposed provisions and to urge House and Senate members to weigh in with the administration.

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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

The proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation would sharply curtail flexibility states now have to finance and structure Medicaid to serve vulnerable people. Congress must step in immediately and demand that CMS withdraw this damaging rule in its entirety.

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