Archive for Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania
Teresa Miller is out and Meg Snead will be in as Pennsylvania’s new Secretary of the Department of Human Services. In separate news releases the Wolf administration announced that Miller, who has led DHS since 2015, “will be moving on to a new opportunity outside Pennsylvania” and leave her job at the end of April and that she will be replaced by Meg Snead, who currently serves as the governor’s Secretary of Policy and Planning. Snead’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. The Secretary of the Department of Human Services is important to SNAP members and Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals because the state’s Medicaid program is administered by that department’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs. Learn more about … Read More
The moratorium on the two percent sequestration of Medicare payments could be extended under a bill the U.S. House of Representatives may consider this week. If adopted, the bill would extend the sequester delay for nine months, providing financial relief that many health care providers seek as they continue to deal with the financial challenges posed by COVID-19. The sequester delay was implemented early in the pandemic as a means of providing additional Medicare revenue to hospitals and other health care providers at a time when many people were delaying seeking medical attention out of fear of contracting COVID-19. Without action by Congress, the current delay of the Medicare sequester will expire at the end of March. SNAP has urged … Read More
The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as of 2:45 p.m. on Friday, December 4. SNAP Advocacy SNAP has written to Congress to request additional COVID-19 legislation between now and the end of the year. SNAP asked Congress for additional funding for the Provider Relief Fund; extension of the temporary moratorium on continued implementation of the 2011 Budget Control Act’s Medicare sequestration; and the suspension of any other federal cuts for health care providers, such as the scheduled reduction of Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allocations to the states. Read SNAP’s message to Congress. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health has posted a fact sheet on the CDC’s arrangement with pharmacies … Read More
Eliminate Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts (Medicaid DSH), appropriate additional resources for the Provider Relief Fund, and extend the current suspension of the two percent sequestration of Medicare spending, the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania asked members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation in a letter SNAP sent earlier this week. The request comes as Congress returns to Washington to take up the funding of the federal government at a time when authorization for spending under a continuing resolution ends on December 11. In addition to addressing federal funding, Congress also may consider COVID-19 legislation. Learn more from SNAP’s letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation.
Protect the COVID-19 aid the federal government has given to Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals and others, SNAP has asked in a letter to members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation. The letter refers to changes in how the federal Department of Health and Human Services wants hospitals to calculate the revenue they lost as a result of COVID-19 – the justification in part for the Provider Relief Fund payments hospitals have received through the CARES Act. In June, HHS told hospitals how to make that calculation but late last month it changed those directions in ways that could force many Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals to return some or even much of the federal aid they received. In the letter, SNAP asks members of Pennsylvania’s … Read More
At least for now. The controversial Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation, slated for implementation this fall over the objections of many health care stakeholders, will not move forward at this time. In a tweet earlier this week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma wrote that We’ve listened closely to concerns that have been raised by our state and provider partners about potential unintended consequences of the proposed rule, which require further study. Therefore, CMS is withdrawing the rule from the regulatory agenda. If implemented, opponents maintained, the regulation would have: Deprived states of important, established policy-making prerogatives. Created major new administrative burdens for state governments and hospitals. Inappropriately regulated financing of the state share of Medicaid spending. Introduced … Read More
A Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government in FY 2021 should eliminate a cut in federal Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments to the states, and the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania has written to the state’s congressional delegation asking its members to convey this message to congressional leaders. The cut was mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act but has never been implemented. In its letter to the delegation, SNAP wrote that The Medicaid DSH cut was predicated on the expectation that the Affordable Care Act would greatly reduce the number of uninsured Americans, and while it has, millions remain uninsured, including nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians – a number thought to be rising because of the job loss associated with … Read More
Pharmaceutical companies are attempting to prevent safety-net hospitals and others from receiving the full benefits of the section 340B prescription drug discount program and the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania has asked of the state’s congressional delegation to sign a congressional letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar asking to him intervene and stop the pharmaceutical companies. In asking members of the delegation to sign onto the bipartisan letter, SNAP notes that The 340B program is essential for Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals, other qualified Pennsylvania providers, and others like us throughout the country, enabling us to obtain discounts on prescription drugs we dispense on an outpatient basis to qualified, low-income patients. The program greatly enhances the ability of hospitals to … Read More
Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals need help with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency, SNAP wrote yesterday in a letter to Pennsylvania senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey. In its letter, SNAP asked the senators to advocate: An additional $100 billion for hospitals. Forgiveness for money provided to hospitals through the federal CARES Act’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. An increase in the federal Medicaid matching rate (FMAP). An increase in states’ Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments and a delay in the scheduled implementation of Medicaid DSH allotment cuts to the states. Action to prevent implementation of the Medicaid fiscal accountability regulation. A moratorium on changes in hospital eligibility for the 340B prescription drug discount program, Medicare indirect … Read More
On Thursday SNAP wrote to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller to point out challenges that arise in the potential use and interpretation of the data hospitals have reported to DHS in that agency’s survey of hospitals’ financial condition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, SNAP cautioned against possibly inappropriate interpretations of some of this data and offered to work with DHS officials to address these concerns. See SNAP’s letter here.