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Commissioners Discuss CMS’ Proposed Rule on Minimum Staffing Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities; Agree to Submit Comments Reiterating Previous Transparency Recommendations

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) convened a session to discuss the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on nursing facility staffing and payment transparency, establishing minimum staffing standards for long-term care facilities to ensure safe and quality care (Impact Health Policy Summary). MACPAC staff presented an overview of the proposed rule… (Colocho, September 22, 2023) #Long-Term Care, #Quality, #Skilled Nursing Facilities, #Transparency, #Workforce

Commissioners Discuss Plan to Examine Hospital Supplemental Payments Over the Next Two Years

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) convened a session to discuss its work plan for examining supplemental payments to hospitals. MACPAC staff provided an overview of the issue and proposed three areas of work that it plans to advance over the next two years: (1) documenting payment methods and policy goals; (2) characterizing payment targeting; and (3)… (Testa, September 22, 2023) #Costs, #Hospitals, #Program Integrity, #Transparency

HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Workforce Bill But Funding Challenges Persist

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee convened a markup to discuss a package of legislation related to maternal and infant health, pediatric research, and the health workforce (Impact summary). The legislation would reauthorize a set of health care workforce programs, including Community Health Centers (CHCs), Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME), and the National Health Service… (McClurg, September 22, 2023) #Budget, #Pediatrics, #Primary Care, #Women’s Health, #Workforce