Archive for the ‘Everybody’ Category

What exactly are the issues that the Supreme Court will decide in its review of the Affordable Care Act?  The best summary I’ve found is here.

Many Medicare beneficiaries who can afford to do so purchase “Medigap” insurance policies to cover many of the self-pay portions of standard Medicare.   Since 1992, federal law has required these policies to offer one of several defined packages of benefits. Under the Affordable  Care Act (the government’s new name for the consolidated health reform statutes), […]

The House Office of Legislative Counsel has published an integrated version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148, known as “PPACA”), incorporating the changes made by both Article X of the PPACA and the subsequently-enacted Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (“HCERA”).  You can see it here. Thanks to […]

The Senate has passed the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872), with two minor tweaks not affecting the healthcare portions of the bill.  Last night, the House of Representatives concurred in the revised version. For a version of the health reform law that incorporates the Reconciliation Act’s provisions, click here.  […]

I have updated the following posts to focus on changes for nursing homes that are contained in the newly enacted health reform statute – Improving quality and regulatory compliance in nursing homes Making it easier for the public to understand about quality of care in nursing homes

While we all watch and wait to see if the Reconciliation Bill passes the Senate, I’m going to focus on what’s in the legislation that has been enacted so far — H.R. 3590 (formerly called the “Senate Bill”), which has passed both chambers of Congress. At the risk of  verging into the political sphere,  it […]

With the obvious intent to improve access to primary care for Medicaid recipients, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 will increase Medicaid payment rates to at least the level of the Medicare rates for Evaluation & Management (E&M) codes in 2013 and 2014.  The new rates will be available to all […]

The House reconciliation bill sweetens appropriations for community health centers to the tune of $2.5 billion over the next five years. Total appropriations will be — $1 billion for federal fiscal year 2011 $1.2 billion for 2012 $1.5 billion for 2013 $2.2 billion for 2014 $3.6 billion for 2015 For more of what this means […]

I’ve added a link to the new 153-page House reconciliation bill.  See it here.  I’ve also updated the House tab and added a Table of Contents for the new bill.  Watch here for substantive commentary on its provisions.

See this post in The Hill for current status of the reconciliation bill in the House of Representatives.