Archive for February 2018
Nearly half of the patients served by community health centers have housing problems, according to a new report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Among those problems: two or more homes in the past year alone, difficulty paying their rent or mortgage, and homelessness. Some have homes that are not their own. Practitioners need to understand this and help patients address their housing challenges, the study suggests, because housing concerns often prevent such patients from complying with medical instructions. Learn more about how housing challenges affect health and health care in the JAMA report “Prevalence of Housing Problems Among Community Health Center Patients,” which can be found Nearly half of the patients served by community health centers … Read More
While the green light for state applications to impose work requirements on their Medicaid recipients is receiving all of the attention, the Trump administration has issued guidance that appears to pave the way for other major changes in the Medicaid program as well. Specifically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidance that will enable states to pursue section 1115 waivers to test different ways of serving Medicaid patients that are otherwise not permitted under federal Medicaid law, including: establishing time limits on how many months or years individuals may be enrolled in Medicaid; locking out for a specified period of time Medicaid recipients who have not gone through annual eligibility redetermination or have failed to pay Medicaid … Read More
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.
Consider moving the section 340B prescription drug discount program from the Health Resources and Services Administration to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That was the message in a recent letter from Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch to new Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. In his letter, Senate Hatch observes that HRSA lacks the necessary regulatory authority to oversee the 340B program. The agency only has the authority to regulate in three areas, which include establishing an alternative dispute resolution process, imposing civil monetary penalties against manufacturers who knowingly overcharge covered entities, and calculating the 340B ceiling price. Even so, it has not fully implemented these regulations. HRSA audits covered entities for program eligibility, duplicate … Read More