The U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury (collectively the “tri-agencies”) have finalized a new federal definition of short-term, limited duration insurance (“short-term plans”). The new policy is effective 60 days after publication of the rule in the federal register, meaning that short-term plans could be available for sale by early October.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved state work/community engagement (CE) waivers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire, and additional states have submitted or are poised to submit similar waivers. Manatt Health has produced a series of charts that outline the legal, policy, financial and operational tasks and issues that states will face in adding a work/CE condition to their Medicaid program. This information is intended to highlight for states the complexity of administrative tasks associated with implementing a work/CE requirement.
On September 6, 2018, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies program will host a webinar on effective use of admissions, discharge, and transfer (ADT) data. Considered to be the most relevant real-time electronic data for health care providers, ADT data, if used effectively, can help states improve overall health of their populations. This webinar will be featuring the use of ADT data feeds to coordinate care for patients with behavioral health and other complex care issues by two states, Tennessee and Washington. Presenters will provide an overview of their respective state programs, including operational and financing strategies, linkages to quality metrics and outcomes, and alignment with other statewide payment and delivery system efforts. Presenters will also share lessons learned and advice to states.