COVID-19 and Medicaid

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4/19/2021 Best's Special Report: Manageable COVID-19 Costs, Delayed Care Improved Publicly Traded Health Insurers’ Profitability in 2020 Yahoo News ... Medicaid, which accounts for roughly three-quarters of total Medicaid enrollment, rose significantly from year-end 2019, with overall Medicaid enrollment rising by 14% compared with the previous year; andThe Medicare Advantage sector maintained favorable enrollment growth through year-end 2020. COVID-19 has not had a significant impact on enrollment trends; however, declines in utilization bolstered earnings for the segment. Commercial enrollment declined by 2.4% in 2020, largely ...
4/19/2021 Health insurance companies partner with cities, organizations to increase vaccinations ... community organizations, state agencies and cities to help vaccinate people who are at high risk for complications if they contract COVID-19. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island will partner with Providence to help get ... health insurers in Rhode Island and provides coverage for state Medicaid participants. It has 62,000 members who live in Providence, according to Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, who announced the partnership. Neighborhood‚Aos CEO and President ...
4/19/2021 Broadening Marketplace Enrollment Periods Would Boost Access to Health Coverage ... COVID-19 public health emergency, the Administration should make additional, permanent changes to make it easier for more people to enroll in coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. (See Figure 1.) The Biden Administration, in its executive order on health care, directed relevant agencies to examine ‚Aupolicies or practices that may present unnecessary barriers to individuals and families attempting to access Medicaid or ACA coverage, including for mid ...
4/19/2021 Fears become reality? Surveyor may have exposed residents, staff to COVID-19 McKnight's Long Term Care News PrintProvider concerns about surveyors potentially spreading COVID-19 throughout facilities due to a lack of required testing before entering may be justified after a report that a health department employee may have exposed residents ... site testing for nursing home employees.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the past has said it‚Aos considering requiring services to be tested for COVID-19 before entering facilities.New York state officials ...
4/19/2021 Also in the News for Monday, April 19 McKnight's Long Term Care News PrintLawmakers propose law that would expand Medicare, Medicaid in all states ‚A¶ Consumer advocates push back against COVID liability shield for nursing homes ‚A¶ OIG eyes SNF reimbursements under PDPM ‚A¶ Massachusetts adjusts how it counts COVID-19 deaths in LTC, reduces death toll by 1,200 ‚A¶ Fail: State bill that sought to require nursing home owners, operators to get approval before acquiring a facility ‚A¶ Connecticut brings in ...
4/18/2021 How area members of Congress voted last week ... COVID-19 stimulus spending law, and provide higher Medicaid payments to California's public hospitals. Yarmuth said the exemption "will ensure our healthcare providers ‚Ai who have been on the front lines of this pandemic ‚Ai are supported during this difficult time." The vote, on April 13, was 384 yeas to 38 nays.YEAS: McHenry R-NC (10th), Manning D-NC (6th)NAYS: Foxx R-NC (5th), Budd R-NC (13th ...
4/18/2021 Roll Call: Follow votes in Congress in this weekly report WASHINGTON ‚Ai Here‚Aos a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. House votesMedicare and stimulus spending: The House has agreed to the Senate amendment to the Medicare Sequester Act (H.R. 1868), sponsored by Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., to exempt Medicare from pay-as-you-go budget limits in the most recent COVID-19 stimulus spending law, and provide higher Medicaid payments ...
4/16/2021 Here's how area members of Congress voted ... COVID-19 stimulus spending law and provide higher Medicaid payments to California's public hospitals. The vote, on April 13, was 384 yeas to 38 nays. YEAS: Bob Gibbs R-OH (7th), Troy Balderson R-OH (12th), NAYS: Jim Jordan R-OH (4th) House Vote 2: DRUGS IN SPORTS: The House has passed the United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization Act (H.R. 172), sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., to ...
4/16/2021 Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted WASHINGTON - Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted from April 9-15: House House Vote 1: MEDICARE AND STIMULUS SPENDING: The House has agreed to the Senate amendment to the Medicare Sequester Act (H.R. 1868), sponsored by Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Ky., to exempt Medicare from pay-as-you-go budget limits in the most recent COVID-19 stimulus spending law, and provide higher Medicaid payments to ...
4/14/2021 Is the doctor in? Improve nursing homes with one easy stroke McKnight's Long Term Care News Print Kenneth LehmannMany nursing home COVID-19 patients would have benefitted from daily, reimbursed-for physician visits in their skilled nursing facilities, but they were not entitled to them.With an epic crisis still at hand, the quickest way to improve performance and public perception of nursing homes is to introduce daily covered visits.Astonishingly, Medicare and Medicaid suggest that an attending physician visit skilled nursing patients only once ...
4/12/2021 CMS ends COVID blanket waivers for resident transfers and discharges, roommate changes McKnight's Long Term Care News PrintProviders must resume giving advance notice about resident transfers, discharges, and room and roommate changes after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ended emergency blanket waivers for the rules that were established due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency announced it would end selected waivers in a memo to state survey agencies on Friday. The waivers will end on May 10.CMS said via Twitter that it ‚Aufound ...
4/12/2021 Danger ahead?: SNFs face potentially steep cuts as CMS considers changes to PDPM, VBP program McKnight's Long Term Care News ... are still trying to manage a difficult operating environment caused by the pandemic, experts are warning.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed that it wants to recalibrate PDPM‚Aos parity adjustment after finding the ... SNF spending, CMS explained. The agency also acknowledged that the COVID-19 public health emergency, which began less than halfway into PDPM‚Aos first year, also could have also affected the data.Based on the ...
4/12/2021 The U.S.-China riff grows over Covid - POLITICO Politico ... Medicaid expansion.WELCOME TO MONDAY PULSE . Fact check: This tweet is attacking us and our bookshelves. Send tips to [email protected] and Adam at [email protected] . CHINA TENSIONS RISE OVER COVID ‚Ai China needs to own up to its early failings in the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said Sunday that the world still needs "to get to the bottom of" the origins of ...
4/12/2021 Maine's aggressive lead policy has child testing back up after pandemic lull ... Medicaid. Monthly tests were up 43 percent this March compared to June 2019, when the law went into effect.While testing dipped in March and April of last year, when Gov. Janet Mills‚Ao COVID-19 civil emergency proclamation discouraged non-urgent medical care, it quickly got back on track once office visits were again allowed. Maine Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, with his 7-month-old son ...
4/11/2021 Rehmann Health Center announces April clinic schedule ... COVID-19 pandemic. New clients, transfers and those due for re-certification may schedule an appointment by calling (989) 845-3911. Clients should leave a name and phone number, and they will be contacted promptly.A Mobile Dental Clinic will be held on the fourth Tuesday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most insurances are accepted as well as Medicaid. A $40 fee may be charged if clients have ...
4/9/2021 BREAKING: Nursing homes slated for 1.3% — or $444 million — Medicare pay hike for 2022 McKnight's Long Term Care News PrintNursing homes would receive a 1.3% net Medicare increase for fiscal year 2022 under a proposal announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday afternoon.The update would result in a $444 million aggregate pay boost in Medicare Part A payments for skilled nursing facilities.CMS also is proposing a new quality measure that would require skilled nursing facilities to report staff COVID-19 vaccination rates, starting ...
4/9/2021 Up next: CMS moves to mandate staff vaccination reporting during COVID-19 McKnight's Long Term Care News Print An Ohio nursing home worker with Continuing Healthcare Solutions receives the COVID vaccine.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a new quality measure for skilled nursing facilities to track COVID-19 vaccination coverage among its workers.The new measure was included in the agency‚Aos SNF Prospective Payment System proposed rule for fiscal year 2022 released late Thursday afternoon.‚AuGiven the novel nature of the SARS-CoV ...
4/9/2021 Friday, April 9, 2021 Kaiser Health News ... COVID-19 Crisis 2 Florida's Covid Hospitalizations Spike After Spring Break Study Finds Covid Deaths Of Black Women Are 3 Times White Male Rate Health And Racism 1 CDC's Director Sets Sights On Health Threats Of Systemic Racism Economic Toll 1 Housing Secretary Unveils Stimulus Grants Aimed To Cut Homelessness Medicaid 1 Many Lack Health Coverage Before Pregnancy And After Giving Birth Public Health 2 Study: Learning Stunted By Pandemic ...
4/9/2021 Biden administration blocks Wis. Medicaid work requirements - Minneapolis Star Tribune Star Tribune Biden administration blocks Wis. Medicaid work requirements Associated Press Purchase: Order Reprint MADISON, Wis. ‚Ai President Joe Biden's administration has blocked former Gov. Scott Walker's plan to require some childless adults to work to maintain ... the work requirement could strip people of coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing them harm. Wisconsin has 30 days to appeal the approval withdrawal. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has already tried to block the ...
4/9/2021 The impact of COVID-19 on people with kidney failure ... WikipediaA new analysis reveals that individuals with kidney failure have faced especially high hospitalization and death rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of JASN , support prioritization ... and his colleagues analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Renal Management Information System, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.The team found that among patients undergoing dialysis, the rate of COVID ...
4/9/2021 COVID-19 Scan for Apr 09, 2021 COVID-19 Scan for Apr 09, 2021 COVID-19 in kidney patients COVID-related stress in emergency staff Filed Under : Print & PDF Kidney dialysis patients 40 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVIDCOVID ... in Minneapolis retrospectively analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Renal Management Information System before and after the emergence of COVID-19.The investigators found that when the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 ...
4/8/2021 CMS Proposes Medicare Payment Bump for Rehab, Psychiatric Facilities RevCycle Intelligence ... and 2.3% for inpatient psychiatric facilities, according to two proposed rules from CMS. Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS has released the proposed rules for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective ... the agency has put forth a plan to implement a COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Measure to track vaccinations at IRFs. The measure would also monitor whether IRFs are taking steps to ...
4/8/2021 Initial Effects of COVID-19 on Patients with ESKD Abstract Background Reports from around the world have indicated a fatality rate of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the range of 20%‚Ai30% among patients with ESKD. Population-level effects of COVID-19 on patients with ESKD in the United States are uncertain. Methods We identified patients with ESKD from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data during epidemiologic weeks 3‚Ai27 of 2017‚Ai2020 and corresponding ...
4/7/2021 Texas House Speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth Chron ... temporarily ban the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants as a measure to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from ... threw his weight Wednesday behind a bill that would extend Medicaid coverage to mothers for a year postpartum, as part of a broad package of proposals meant to increase access to affordable healthcare in Texas ...
4/7/2021 Biden rescinds Medicaid work rules in 2 more states Becker's Hospital Review Biden rescinds Medicaid work rules in 2 more states Morgan Haefner - Print EmailPresident Joe Biden moved to unwind Medicaid work requirements in Michigan and Wisconsin, after pulling the rules in Arkansas and New Hampshire.CMS sent letters to health officials in Michigan and Wisconsin April 6 withdrawing their approval to implement work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. In both letters, CMS noted that combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ...