The agency released a 1,400-page proposed rule July 12 that for the first time combined the annual physician fee schedule and the Medicare Quality Payment Program rules, which implements sections of MACRA each year.
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Arkansas is continuing to implement work requirements for Arkansas Works beneficiaries while similar requirements were struck down by a federal judge in Kentucky.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday (July 3) that he had read the court ruling, and that he is “optimistic that the decision in Kentucky will not impact us in what we’re doing in Arkansas and that ours will be upheld if it is challenged.”
Some Arkansas Works recipients are now required to work 80 hours a month or engage in other activities such as job training, job searching, education or volunteering, or a combination of those. Hutchinson said Arkansas does not fall under that court’s jurisdiction. He said Arkansas’ work requirement, unlike Kentucky’s, is already being implemented, so the state would have a factual basis to defend the program if it is challenged.
“If it is ultimately reviewed by the Supreme Court or another court that impacts us, then we will deal with it at that time,” he said.
- CMS proposed a Medicare Advantage demonstration that would allow clinicians to sidestep Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for those who participate “sufficiently” in certain risk-based MA plans.
- The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) would offer another choice to providers, who have said there aren’t enough alternative payment method (APM) options to avoid MIPS requirements.
- The agency is seeking public comment on the proposal and asking providers about potential burdens connected to the demonstration.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued three new reports on the Affordable Care Act Monday, noting a 20% drop in enrollment during plan year 2017 among those not getting subsidies, and casting the data to make their case that federal and state exchanges and state individual health insurance markets are in turmoil.
- Subsidized enrollment, which makes up the vast majority of those enrolled in ACA plans, remained steady with a drop of only 3% during the same period.
- But critics noted the administration’s repeated attempts to undermine the law, including repeal of the individual mandate penalty, pullback of exchange navigators and the expansion of association health plans and short-term, limited-duration insurance, to likely result in skimpier plans and the destabilization of the ACA marketplace.
Arkansas ended fiscal 2018 with $41.7 million above forecast, as revenues were buoyed by stronger-than-expected individual income and sales tax collections, according to the annual revenue report released Tuesday.
Gross collections by the state totaled $6.76 billion during the fiscal year, which ended Saturday. That total was about 2.7 percent more than was collected in the previous fiscal year, according to the report.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As you prepare to grill out for the July 4th holiday, do you know proper food preparation techniques?
A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Study found almost half of participants contaminated spice containers while preparing burgers, and one in ten spread bacteria to refrigerator handles.
Luis Delgadillo, a public affairs specialist with the USDA, says with summer picnic season underway, it’s a good time to prioritize food safety.
If a family has no means of transportation, consistent prenatal care becomes extremely difficult. If a mother is homeless, she is less likely to attend a child wellness visit. If a one-year-old is hungry, brain development is detrimentally impacted. And if a toddler is experiencing trauma at home, he or she cannot focus on learning. While there is significant evidence around the value of investing in early childhood to improve physical, social, and emotional development later in life, more attention needs to be paid to addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) to improve early childhood outcomes.