Special Bulletin

President Biden today submitted to Congress his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2024.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 24 published a proposed rule that updates the regulatory requirements of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program in response to Section 203 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 28 published a proposed rule to revise the regulations related to the Medicaid fraction of the Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment calculation.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Feb. 27 published two proposed rules: telemedicine prescribing of controlled substances when there has not been a prior in-person evaluation, and expansion of buprenorphine prescribing. Comments on both rules are due to the agency by March 31
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Feb. 17 issued an informational bulletin that, according to the agency, reiterates its existing policy regarding Medicaid health care-related tax (provider tax) hold harmless arrangements.
The White House announced Jan. 30 it would simultaneously end the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) declarations on May 11. Hospitals and health systems have approximately 100 days to prepare for the restoration of waived requirements and other changes in policy and…
A Texas judge held that the federal government’s revised independent dispute resolution process for determining payment for out-of-network services under the No Surprises Act skews the arbitration results in commercial insurers’ favor in violation of the compromise Congress reached in the Act.
Hospitals and health systems are dealing with unprecedented challenges, including navigating the aftermath and aftershocks of COVID-19, historic workforce shortages, soaring costs of providing care, broken supply chains, severe underpayment by Medicare and Medicaid, and overwhelming regulatory…
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Jan. 27 issued draft guidance proposing a shift in federal policy on who may donate blood. The policy would eliminate the existing time-based blood donation deferrals for men who have sex with men (MSM) and women who have sex with MSM.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released more information on how rural hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) can apply for conversion to an REH.