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March 29, 2024

Washington Round Up

  • From the American Hospital Association News,
    • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services March 27 finalized a rule proposed in 2022 to standardize Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal processes and make it easier for eligible children and adults to stay covered. According to CMS, the final rule eliminates CHIP waiting periods, annual and lifetime coverage limits and the practice of locking children out of coverage if a family is unable to pay premiums; improves the transfer of children from Medicaid to CHIP when a family’s income rises; gives individuals at least 15 days to provide additional information when applying for the first time and 30 days to return documentation when renewing coverage; prohibits conducting renewals more often than every 12 months; and prohibits in-person interviews for older adults and those with disabilities. The rule takes effect 60 days after publication in the April 2 Federal Register.
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    • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services March 27 released the fiscal year 2025 proposed rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, which would update IRF payments by an estimated 2.8% overall (or $280 million) in FY 2025. This includes a 3.2% market basket update, which is reduced by a 0.4% productivity adjustment. IRF payments would be further decreased by an estimated $25 million due to the proposed update for outlier payments.
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    • The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released a guide to health plan resources for health care providers impacted by the Change Healthcare cyberattack, including health plan contact information, noting in an accompanying letter that many providers continue to face significant disruptions as a result of the cyberattack or difficulty getting information from health plans about prospective payments and other flexibilities. The letter also encourages providers to review HHS’ voluntary cybersecurity performance goals.

It is worth adding that the United Healthcare Group updated its Change Healthcare Cyberattack response page on March 27.

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