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The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has just published the latest edition of its Health Law News newsletter. Included in this edition are articles about the elimination of Medicaid restrictions on prescription drugs for hepatitis C, the launch of the Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports in the southwestern part of the state, and more. Find these stories and others here, in the latest edition of Health Law News.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has issued a new Medical Assistance Bulletin titled “Hospital Responsibilities Related to the Uncompensated Care Program and Charity Care Plans.” According to the document, The purpose of this Medical Assistance (MA) Bulletin is to remind hospitals of the requirements for the Hospital Uncompensated Care Program (Program) and reinforce the responsibility of hospitals to actively engage patients when determining eligibility for the Program. See the entire Bulletin here.
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its latest Health Law News. Included in this edition are articles about: The January 1 introduction of Community HealthChoices, a mandatory program of managed long-term services and supports, in southwestern Pennsylvania the January 1 implementation of the federal ordering, referring, or prescribing rule that requires that all such actions involving Pennsylvania Medicaid patients be undertaken by providers enrolled with the state to serve Medicaid patients various Medicare issues Find these stories here in the latest edition of Health Law News.
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its latest Health Law News. Included in the November edition are articles about: a proposal to impose a work requirement on Pennsylvania Medicaid recipients the CHIP program leadership changes in health care-related state agencies the rollout of the Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports HealthChoices managed care contracts changes in several state waiver programs Find these stories here in the latest edition of Health Law News.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will delay for six months the introduction of its Community HealthChoices program in southeastern Pennsylvania. The program’s implementation in the five-county Philadelphia area, scheduled to begin on July 1, 2018, has been pushed back to January 1, 2019. Preparations are currently under way to launch Community HealthChoices in 14 southwestern Pennsylvania counties on January 1, 2018. Community HealthChoices is a new state program of managed long-term services and supports for Pennsylvanians over the age of 55 who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Learn more about the program’s delay in southeastern Pennsylvania in this Philadelphia Inquirer article.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that included a requirement that certain Medicaid recipients either work or search for work. Learn more about the governor’s veto, and his reason for doing so, in this Associated Press news report.
The combination of Congress attempting either to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act and Pennsylvania facing a multi-billion budget shortfall has led some policy-makers in Harrisburg to begin talking about ways to better manage or reduce the state’s Medicaid costs. Those costs climbed from $3.9 billion in 2004 to $6 billion in 2014. Among the possibilities state lawmakers are discussing: tighter rules for participation, greater efficiency, work and work search requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients, charging premiums for high-income families for which Medicaid provides coverage for their profoundly disabled children, and a pilot program to test whether a recipient care management program might eliminate medical errors, improve recipient health, and reduce health care costs. Learn more about … Read More
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its latest Health Law News. Included in the June/July edition are articles about the status of Pennsylvania’s FY 2018 budget, including possible changes in the state human services code; a delay in awarding new HealthChoices contracts; new quality initiatives in the state’s contracts with HealthChoices managed care organizations; an update on the implementation of Community HealthChoices, the state’s new program of managed long-term services and supports; and more. Find the newsletter here.
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its May newsletter. Included in this edition are articles on new criteria for Medicaid coverage of high-cost hepatitis C drugs and the release of a draft of the state’s proposed Medicaid quality strategy; an update on Community HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s new program of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports; an overview of Medicaid-covered behavioral health services; a summary of recent federal proposals with implications for the state’s Medicaid program; and a report on the nomination of Teresa Miller to lead the new Department of Health and Human Services that Governor Wolf has proposed establishing. Find the newsletter here.
Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program will make treatment for hepatitis C more readily available to Medicaid beneficiaries beginning on July 1, state officials have announced. In recent years, new drugs have become available that effectively cure hepatitis C but their exceptionally high costs led many insurers, including most state Medicaid programs, to limit access to those drugs until patients show more advanced signs of the disease. A year ago the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ pharmacy and therapeutics committee recommended expanding access to these drugs for Pennsylvania Medicaid beneficiaries and now, that recommendation has been adopted and that expansion will begin with the new state fiscal year on July 1. Under the new criteria, patients with lower scores of severity of hepatitis … Read More