Regulatory

Jul 10, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would eliminate 2014 regulatory text allowing states to reassign Medicaid payments to third parties on behalf of certain providers, primarily independent in-home personal care workers, for benefits customary for…
Jun 19, 2018
The Department of Labor today released a final rule that modifies the definition of “employer” under federal law such that more individuals, including sole proprietors, are eligible to participate in association health plans based on geography or industry. DOL’s Employee Benefits Security…
Jun 18, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies today issued a final rule delaying the general compliance date for 2018 requirements under the Common Rule to Jan. 21, 2019, giving covered entities six additional months to implement the requirements. The agencies proposed…
Jul 19, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration is forming a work group to explore whether and how to temporarily import suitable substitutes for critical drugs with only one manufacturer, and no patents or exclusivities, when price increases or supply disruptions create significant barriers to patient access,…
Jul 17, 2018
AHA expresses disappointment that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is shutting down the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.
Jul 10, 2018
Comments due Aug. 24
On June 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the physician self-referral law, more commonly known as the Stark law. CMS published the RFI to further its efforts to remove unnecessary obstacles to care coordination and…
Jul 10, 2018
RE: Request for Information: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Physician Self-Referral Law
July 10, 2018 - The AHA is very pleased that CMS is taking action to improve the operation of the Stark law and counteract its chilling effect on innovation. To support these efforts, the AHA is asking CMS to create a new innovative payment exception to the Stark law for value-based payment…
Jul 3, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services July 2 issued a proposed rule that would update home health prospective payment system payments for calendar year 2019 and change the HH quality reporting program. In addition, in accordance with the statutory mandate in the Bipartisan Budget Act of…
Jun 25, 2018
The AHA today submitted comments on the long-term care hospital payment and quality reporting provisions included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the hospital inpatient and LTCH prospective payment system for fiscal year 2019. “The AHA supports several of…
Jun 25, 2018
June 25, 2018 RE: CMS-1690-P, Medicare Program; FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)
Comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 proposed rule for the inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS) and quality reporting updates. We support CMS’s commitment to its Meaningful Measures initiative, but believe…