Comment period extended for certain portions of OPPS/ASC proposed rule   09/05/2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued technical corrections to the calendar year 2014 proposed rule for Medicare’s hospital outpatient prospective payment system and ambulatory surgical center payment system, and extended the comment period to Sept. 16 for elements of the rule affected by the corrections. Comments on other portions of the rule continue to be due tomorrow, Sept. 6. The correction notice will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register.
Study looks at exchange premiums in states with comprehensive data   09/05/2013
A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides an early look at 2014 premiums and tax credits for people who will purchase health insurance through exchanges in Washington, D.C., and the 17 states that have released comprehensive rate data. At least two insurers will offer coverage through each exchange, with most of the exchanges having three or more insurers. The analysis compares premiums in each state’s largest city for people in various circumstances. For a 40-year-old, monthly premiums for the second-lowest-cost silver plan range from $201 in Portland, OR, to $413 in Burlington, VT, before accounting for tax credits. A 40-year-old earning about $29,000 a year (250% of the federal poverty level) would be eligible for tax credits that reduce the premium to $193 in any of the 18 markets.
Report: State decisions on Medicaid will affect most vulnerable   09/05/2013
Between 2010 and 2012, nearly one-third (32%) of U.S. adults ages 19 to 64, or an estimated 55 million people, were either continuously uninsured or spent a period of time uninsured, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. In states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, two in five recently uninsured adults would likely have no new affordable health insurance options if their states don’t eventually expand the program, the report estimates. That’s because people earning less than 100% of the federal poverty level are not eligible for subsidies through the new state insurance exchanges. Currently, 26 states have said they will not or may not expand their Medicaid programs in 2014, according to the report.
AHA resource highlights hospital partnerships to prevent violence   09/05/2013
AHA's Community Connections initiative today released a resource on innovative and replicable hospital community outreach programs that focus on violence prevention and reduction. “Engaging with patients and their families while victims are still recovering in the hospital is an opportune time to connect, educate and influence what can often become a cycle of violence,” the resource notes. “Many hospitals are working with community partners to provide these patients with a variety of services, such as ‘peer’ counseling, access to social resources and life-skills coaching. These types of interventions can change lives and reduce retaliation and recidivism rates.” Community Connections supports and highlights the work that America's hospitals do every day to help make their patients and communities healthier.