Monthly Archives: June 2019

 

Survey: 62% of patients value access to web-based visit notes when choosing a new provider

In addition, “Seventy-two percent of patients said note reading was “very important” in helping them manage their health. Access to clinical notes helped 65 percent of participants remember their care plans” https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/ehrs/survey-62-of-patients-value-access-to-web-based-visit-notes-when-choosing-a-new-provider.html
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CMS issues guidance aimed at ensuring states are appropriately vetting Medicaid eligibility

The guidance includes a checklist that state regulators can use to monitor eligibility criteria and payment compliance. States can use that checklist to prepare for an audit or another review. CMS has taken several steps since 2017 to cut down on fraud, waste and abuse in Medicaid. https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/cms-issues-guidance-aimed-at-ensuring-states-are-appropriately-vetting-medicaid-eligibility
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AMA backs extending Medicaid to 12 months after childbirth

“Women are only covered by Medicaid for 60 days after giving birth in 19 states, leaving them vulnerable to pregnancy-related health challenges that often arise many months later” https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/914452
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CHIP and Medicaid enrollment down 2.2% among children in 2018

“Researchers pointed out that the drop in CHIP and Medicaid enrollment from 2017 to 2018 was unusual. The study showed that the rate of enrollment declined in only one year from 2000 to 2016. That year was 2007, and enrollment fell by 1.1 percent” https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/chip-and-medicaid-enrollment-down-2.2-among-children-in-2018
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28 health systems in Medicaid transformation project look to lower costs and improve outcomes in behavioral health

“The Medicaid Transformation Project, which began last year by focusing on decreasing costs and improving outcomes in emergency care, has turned its attention to behavioral health challenges in the Medicaid population. Twenty-eight health systems will drive the widespread use of new solutions for untreated depression, teen suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness” https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/node/138809
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How Medicaid expansion prevents child neglect

“Expanding Medicaid ‘may help prevent child neglect.’  The research shows how expansion of Medicaid programs bolster ‘parental financial stability and access to mental health care’” https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2019/06/14/how-medicaid-expansion-prevents-child-neglect/#2806be8e3cbf
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Tri-Agencies Issue Final Rule Expanding Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Today, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (tri-agencies) issued a pre-publication version of a Final Rule expanding permissible uses for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). This rule allows employers to reimburse the cost of individual market coverage purchased by employees and to fund the purchase of excepted benefits. The final rule effectively […]
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America’s rural healthcare crisis must be addressed

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/11/heidi-heitkamp-americas-rural-health-care-crisis-must-be-addressed.html
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SC drops three spots (ranks 41st) in Commonwealth state scorecard; suicide, alcohol, drugs implicated

https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2019/06/12/sc-commonwealth-fund-scorecard-state-health-system-drops-national-health-suicide-alcohol-drugs/1418780001/
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Link to SC’s Medicaid Community Engagement Waiver Application:

“This waiver strengthens our state-federal partnership by balancing the Medicaid program’s dual missions of financing health services and improving opportunities for independence, self-reliance and prosperity” https://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/1115/downloads/sc/sc-community-engagement-pa.pdf
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