The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its March report to Congress, which focuses on Medicaid managed care, telehealth in Medicaid, and disproportionate share hospital allotments to states. With respect to Medicaid managed care, the report recommends allowing states to require all beneficiaries to enroll in managed care programs under state plan authority; extending approval and renewal periods for all Section 1915(b) waivers from two to five years; and permitting Section 1915(c) waivers to waive freedom of choice and selective contracting. According to the report, advances in telehealth technology have the potential to improve access to services, but states would likely benefit from additional research on the issue. With respect to DSH allotments, the commission found that total hospital charity care and bad debt continue to fall under the Affordable Care Act, with the largest declines in states that expanded Medicaid, but that Medicaid shortfall has increased due to increased program enrollment.

Related News Articles

Headline
Clinicians can now look up their preliminary eligibility status for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two payment pathways for clinicians under…
Headline
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today held a hearing to examine how primary care affects health care costs and outcomes.
Insights and Analysis
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health makes remote consultations available via mobile carts in 34 medical specialties, and Columbus (Neb.) Community…
Headline
AHA staff participated this afternoon in a Rural Health Summit convened by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Health Resources and S
Headline
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today recommended that Congress phase in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital…
Headline
The share of U.S. adults without health insurance rose 1.5 percentage point between fourth-quarter 2017 and fourth-quarter 2018 to 13.7 percent.