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Key articles that reflect some of the current and future movements in Washington that affect our industry...

Budget Deal Includes Big Wins for Hospitals
Budget Deal Includes Big Wins for Hospitals

Source: HFMA
Author: Rich Daly
A last-minute budget deal signed into law in the early morning of Feb. 9 includes a range of funding and policies long-sought by hospitals. The measure replaced a House-passed continuing resolution from earlier in the week and included many of the same healthcare policy provisions, in addition to others. Highlights for hospitals include a two-year delay in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, Medicare payment extensions for rural providers, an additional four years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), opioid addiction funding, and repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). 

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Why Hospitals Support Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver
Why Hospitals Support Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver

Source: HFMA
Author: Rich Daly
Kentucky’s recently approved Medicaid waiver has drawn criticism for implementing “work requirements,” but hospitals say the details make it more palatable. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Jan. 12 approved a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver for Kentucky that will require some adult beneficiaries to work or participate in other "community engagement" activities, such as job training or community service, to remain eligible for coverage. The waiver also institutes premium requirements for many enrollees.

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Four Healthcare Policy Changes to Watch in 2018
Four Healthcare Policy Changes to Watch in 2018

Source: Managed Healthcare Executive
Author: Karen Appold
Despite multiple efforts of the Trump Administration and many Republicans in the House and Senate to repeal and replace the ACA in 2017, the ACA is still the law of the land. Nonetheless, healthcare experts predict that repeal efforts will continue and other healthcare-related policy changes will develop in the new year.

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