In the newsletter this week you will find information on Medicare Part B premium increase, VPB in Medicaid pharmacy, HHS actions on opioids, study of insurers’ spending on medications, and Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on Local Health System Performance.

NAMD Update Update July 19, 2016 From the NAMD Desk   HEADS UP: 2017 Medicare Part B Premium Increases Set to Impact States Recently, the Medicare Board of Trustees published its 2016 annual report on the Medicare program. In this report, the Trustees estimate the 2017 Medicare Part B premium...

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In this newsletter we cover Testimony on ACE Kids, Comments on Medicare Payment Providers, Hep C, Managed Care Rate Development Guide, Delivery System Reform, and ASPE Report on Impact of Medicaid Expansion.

NAMD Update Update July 6, 2016 From the NAMD Desk   NAMD Bids Farewell to Darin Gordon in Tennessee, Welcomes Dr. Wendy Long On June 30, Darin Gordon stepped down as Director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. Darin served as TennCare Director since 2006, making him the longest-serving Medicaid Director...

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In the newsletter this week: NAMD blog on Duals; CMS rulemaking on MEQC, PERM; Managed Care; Opioids; Mental Health legislation; MACPAC report

NAMD Update Update June 21, 2016 From the NAMD Desk   NAMD Blog Post Highlights Minnesota Duals Demo’s Successes On June 17, NAMD published a blog post titled “Investment in Integration for the Dual Eligibles Pays Off.” In it, NAMD calls attention to Minnesota’s successful work on integrating care for...

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Investment in Integration for the Dual Eligibles Pays Off

By Andrea Maresca, Director of Federal Policy and Strategy For too long, many individuals dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and the providers and plans who serve them, have been forced to cobble together services from disparate and complex health care delivery systems. Policymakers have hypothesized for decades that...

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This week’s newsletter covers the NAMD Spring meeting the release of VPB Issue Brief and a letter on FLSA. Other topics include HCBS, eligibility and enrollment, Zika, Congressional action, and HHS OIG 2016 work plan update.

Update June 14, 2016 From the NAMD Desk   NAMD Holds Annual State-Only Spring Meeting in Nashville Last week, NAMD convened Medicaid Directors and senior staff for our annual state-only Spring Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. NAMD provided Directors with the opportunity to network with and learn from their peers, discuss...

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In this week’s newsletter, NAMD commented on 340B ceiling price rule and sent letters to the Hill on substance use privacy and ACE Kids bill. Also, in regulatory news, DOL issued non-enforcement period of minimum wage rule for certain providers and CMS published a bulletin on maternal depression screening and treatment.

Update May 24, 2016 From the NAMD Desk   NAMD Submits Comments on Reopened 340B Ceiling Price Proposed Rule On May 18, NAMD submitted comments to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in response to its reopened comment period on certain provisions of its proposed rule on the 340B...

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