Social determinants of health (“SDOH”) consider the non-clinical factors that can profoundly impact an individual’s well-being. They are extensive and often overlap, including housing instability, food insecurity, the inability to afford and obtain medications and more. Research has indicated that healthcare systems that connect patients to basic resources have observed improvements in population health metrics, fostered trust with their patient base, and experienced reduced hospitalization costs.Continue Reading CMS Augments “In Lieu Of Services” Medicaid Guidance to Support State Medicaid Managed Care Efforts to Address Social Determinants of Health
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Adapting To FDA’s Proposal For Diagnosis Support Software
*This article was originally posted in Law360 on November 4, 2019
With the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, clinical decision support, or CDS, software presents a novel opportunity to analyze immensely large amounts of data for patterns or other information that may be relevant to a particular patient’s diagnosis or health care options. Continue Reading Adapting To FDA’s Proposal For Diagnosis Support Software
Update to Texas v. United States: DOJ Files a Brief in Support of Eliminating the ACA
On May 1, 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed an initial brief (the “Brief”) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (the “Fifth Circuit”) on behalf of the United States, in favor of upholding the lower court’s decision that found the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) unconstitutional.
As we discussed previously in our December 2018 blog post, a federal district court judge in Texas struck down the entire ACA by ruling that the “individual mandate,” which was reduced to $0 as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, no longer raises revenue and thus is no longer a constitutional exercise of Congress’s taxing power. The judge went on to determine that the unconstitutional individual mandate was inseverable from the rest of the ACA and therefore, the entire ACA was unconstitutional. The decision was then appealed to the Fifth Circuit. Continue Reading Update to Texas v. United States: DOJ Files a Brief in Support of Eliminating the ACA
Congress Passes “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” — A Rare Example of Bi-Partisanship
In a September 14, 2018 Proclamation, President Donald Trump announced that the week of September 16 through September 22, 2018 would be Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week (“Awareness Week”). As described in the Proclamation, the goal of Awareness Week is to “raise awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic and to consider concrete follow up activities.” Continue Reading Congress Passes “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” — A Rare Example of Bi-Partisanship
New Venture Seeks to Support Independent Physicians in Texas
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are launching a new services company, TMA PracticeEdge, to facilitate bringing the benefits of value-based reimbursements to the state’s independent physicians.
Independent practitioners face challenges to participating in (and benefitting from) alternatives to fee-for-service payment, such as having the funds necessary to invest upfront in resources for improved care management. TMA PracticeEdge aims to help providers address the barriers. The company, for example, will offer consultations on basic practice management and administrative simplification, assistance with the implementation of health information technology infrastructure, and experience with risk-based contracts. Additional services will be available for practices interested in creating care teams or developing an Accountable Care Organization.
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New Approaches – and Increasing Oversight – for Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Support
Approximately one-third of Medicaid spending, $136 billion, is on long-term services and supports (LTSS). While the majority of Medicaid LTSS takes place in institutional settings, such as nursing facilities and mental health facilities, there is an ongoing emphasis on the role of non-institutional facilities. A growing number of states, from 8 in 2004 to 16 in 2012 and an expected 26 through 2014, are adopting a managed care approach to expanding home-and community-based services. This transition is commonly referred to as a “rebalancing” of LTSS systems.
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Florida Bans Offshoring of Certain Patient Information
The Florida Legislature recently amended the Florida Electronic Health Records Exchange Act (the “Act”) to prohibit certain health care providers utilizing certified electronic health record technologies from storing qualified electronic health records outside of the United States, its territories, or Canada. Significantly, the prohibition also extends to qualified electronic health records that are stored through a third-party or subcontracted computing facility or cloud service provider.Continue Reading Florida Bans Offshoring of Certain Patient Information
A Lifeline Amidst Turbulent Times: California Lawmakers Approve Emergency Loans for Struggling Hospitals
Summary: California lawmakers have greenlighted emergency loans to support struggling hospitals facing financial challenges across the state. These loans will serve as a critical lifeline, helping eligible hospitals stabilize operations and navigate through turbulent times. Assembly Bill 112, passed by the California Senate and Assembly and expected to be signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom, establishes the Distressed Hospital Loan Program and the Distressed Hospital Loan Program Fund, which are designed to provide interest-free cashflow loans to not-for-profit hospitals, public hospitals in significant financial distress, and governmental entities representing a closed hospital (i.e., a hospital that closed after January 1, 2022). Understanding the qualifications and limitations outlined in the proposed legislation, including loan repayment terms and loan forgiveness options, is crucial for potential hospital participants.Continue Reading A Lifeline Amidst Turbulent Times: California Lawmakers Approve Emergency Loans for Struggling Hospitals
New Notice and Public Disclosure Requirements for Material Health Care Transactions in New York
The growth of private equity and other financial sponsor investments in the health care industry has led many states across the country to adopt expansive oversight authority over health care transactions. With the enactment of New York State’s budget for the State Fiscal Year 2023-2024, signed into law on May 3, 2023, the movement for more oversight in New York is coming this summer.Continue Reading New Notice and Public Disclosure Requirements for Material Health Care Transactions in New York
CMS Releases Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 Final Rule
On April 17, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 Final Rule (the “Notice”) that includes standards for issuers and Marketplaces, and requirements for agents, brokers, web-brokers and others. The Notice implements various changes previously proposed by CMS, including (i) requiring provider networks to comply with network adequacy standards and delaying the implementation of appointment wait time standards, (ii) standardizing plan options, (iii) adding special enrollment periods to increase ease of obtaining coverage, (iv) strengthening markets, and (v) bolstering program integrity.Continue Reading CMS Releases Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 Final Rule