We hope you enjoyed the holidays and New Year and are getting back into the swing of work. Speaking of work: Medicaid. We have previously covered on this blog (here) the Trump Administration’s growing departure from the Obama Administration with respect to the Medicaid program, but now the departure has become increasingly palpable. On January 11, 2018, CMS announced a new policy supporting states seeking to adopt work and community engagement requirements (together hereinafter referred to as “work requirement”) as part of their Medicaid programs through section 1115 waivers. … More
On November 17th, Arizona’s state Medicaid agency (the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS) sent a letter to CMS proposing policies that it believes will build on past successes and “leverage conservative principles.”
In the letter, AHCCS seeks input from CMS on ideas to “modernize” the prescription drug benefits offered under the state’s Medicaid plan.
(Also, notably, though not the topic of this blog post,… More
The MassHealth program is embarking on a dramatic shift away from fee-for-service Medicaid to a reimbursement model that relies more on value and quality. The Baker Administration hopes to accomplish this through enrolling some MassHealth enrollees into accountable care organizations, or ACOs,… More
We have written in the past about enforcing the entitlement to Medicaid through the federal court system. In light of a recent opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, it seems that this judicial saga continues.
The federal Medicaid statute imposes roughly 80 requirements on a state Medicaid plan. For example, a state Medicaid plan must make medical assistance available “with reasonable promptness.” Social Security Act § 1902(a)(8). … More
Back in July, my colleague Tom Barker told you about a CMS proposal to institute a fundamental reimbursement methodological change for 340B drugs used in the hospital outpatient setting. We have noted before the link between the Medicaid prescription drug rebate program and the 340B program. As a refresher, in order to have its outpatient drugs covered by Medicaid, the manufacturer must agree to three separate requirements. First,… More
On November 6, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an information bulletin on changes and improvements to the existing Section 1115 waiver process. Under Section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is permitted to waive compliance with any of the requirements of section 1902 of the Act (which generally sets forth the requirements for state Medicaid programs in order to receive Federal financial assistance) in order to pilot or test projects which,… More
On September 8, 2017, following the mandated 30-day public comment period, the Baker Administration concluded its review of the pending MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration Amendment Request. The submitted waiver request can be viewed online here. Once received at CMS, the agency will have to time to review the proposal, and must also solicit additional public feedback, prior to finalizing any waiver.
Gov. Charlie Baker testified with four other governors on Capitol Hill in the latest sign that he’s playing a role in the next phase of federal health care reform. Partner Tom Barker speaks with WBUR about Baker’s proposal to change the way Massachusetts covers some low-income individuals, and how this could garner national attention. Click here to read the article. More
An appeal recently filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit could give further clarity regarding the CMS’s ability to discount Medicaid DSH payments for hospitals that received funds from Medicare and private insurers.
DSH Uncompensated Care Costs and the FAQ Policies
The Medicaid Act requires state Medicaid programs to increase payments to hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of Medicaid and uninsured patients. … More
On July 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (“EOHHS”) announced its intent to submit a request to amend its existing MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). If approved (by both the State legislature, and CMS), it would be the most sweeping change to any state’s Medicaid pharmacy benefit to date. We previously previewed some of the changes EOHHS was considering under the new flexibility granted to states under the Price/Verma administration on this blog.… More