NASL Statement on ONC Data Brief – EHR Adoption & Health Information Exchange Among SNFs
NASL issued a statement to the press on Friday, September 8, 2017, commenting on the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC’s) release of ONC Data Brief #39, Electronic Health Record Adoption & Interoperability among U.S. Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016. The data brief was highlighted in a September 7 blogpost by ONC Director of the Office of Planning, Evaluation & Analysis Seth Pazinski entitled, “New Data on Skilled Nursing Facilities Use of Electronic Health Records Establish the Path for Progress.”
CMS Delays Expansion of CJR and the Start of the Cardiac Care Bundles
CMS has delayed until January 1, 2018 the start of the cardiac care bundles.
Update on the Move to Replace the Affordable Care Act
This week, the House Republicans continued to advance the recently introduced bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal much, but not all of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make significant changes to the way the federal-state Medicaid program is funded. The Medicaid changes in the legislation have significant implications for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) members because the bill significantly cuts Medicaid funding and changes the structure of the program.
CJR & Other Episode Payment Models Are Delayed
The Trump Administration took action to freeze regulations released by federal agencies through a memo issued by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on January 20, 2017. The memo states that agencies cannot release any new regulations or guidance documents, must pull back any regulations or guidance under review by the Office of the Federal Register and must temporarily postpone regulations and guidance that have been published but have yet to take effect.
Congress Affordable Care Act Repeal/Replace: Speeding Up or Slowing Down?
Congress continues to work on potential repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and some deadlines that were set are already past. Pressure is coming from Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives, who wish to use the 2015 reconciliation package that contained various polices that repeal some parts of the ACA as a base bill.