Information presented on the ANA\C Web site 2011-2012.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI):
The non-profit organization was created from the ACA and its purpose is to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their healthcare providers make more informed decisions. The research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options. The public comment period is closed and the Methodology Committee will deliver a final version of the report to the Board of Governors in November 2012.
July 3, 2012: ANA Analysis of Affordable Care Act:
The ANA describes the Court's decision in plain English and walks through those ACA provisions that specifically related to the nursing profession. You can always learn more as ANA continues to drill down this decision by visiting www.nursingworld.org Please direct questions to Cynthia Haney or Cheryl Peterson at ANA Headquarters.
CMS Final Rule on Conditions of Participation: On May 16, 2012, CMS issued its final rule on Conditions of Participation and there is significant acknowledgement of nursing's contribution and leadership in hospital care. Please read the ANA analysis of the ruling (Note: this link will require you to sign in). Read the final ruling at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-11548_PI.pdf
Emails from the Regional IX Director U.S. Department of HHS, Herb K. Schultz, provide an extensive overview of current health care reforms issues will be posted here.
January 12.2012: Short Guide to Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and its Relationship with Affordable Care Act (ACA)of 2010:
The FEHBP is one of several options that a state may adopt as a benchmark for the minimum essential health benefit that plans must provide to be qualified to participate in state health exchanges. The ACA says, states must choose among four options for health insurance plans available to small businesses and individuals beginning in 2014. Three of these options are based on state based plans, but the fourth possibility is to choose among any of the three national FEHBP plans that have the largest enrollment. To learn more print the document that explains this in detail.
December 16, 2011: The Department of HHS has released a bulletin outlining proposed policies that will give states more flexibility and freedom to implement a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges, to offer a comprehensive package of items and services known as "essential benefits." For more information visit http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/12/essential-health-benefits12162011a.html and for additional information about this action visit http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/12/20111216b.html
December 14, 2011: The Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development has information about the Healthcare Reform Act and how it will impact from their point of view and specifically California Healthcare Reform. You can read about it now.
October 24, 2011: HHS Affordable Care Act Bulletin as of October 14, 2011.
October 17, 2011: Long Term Care Portion of Affordable Health Care Act-CLASS is suspended. Read an announcement from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
September 14, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations: A Progress Report. Is is provided by AMN Healthcare. Read the article at www.amnhealthcare.com/News/news-details.aspx?Id=37744
August 26, 2011: Six Announcements from H.K. Schultz. 1) HHS Awards $137 million to States to Boost Prevention and Public Health; 2) CDC Awards More than $49 million to Strengthen State and Local Health Departments; 3) New Affordable Care Act Policy Helps Consumers Better Understand and Compare Benefits and Coverage; 4) Affordable Care Act Initiative to Lower Costs, Help Doctors and Hospitals Coordinate Care; 5) Non-Federal Members Names to HHS Advisory Council on Alzheimer's; 6) Weekly Affordable Care Act Bulletin. Read the details.
August 25, 2011: CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care:
Medicare officials proposed yet another care payment structure this one has hospitals and physicians receiving bundled payments for specific episodes of patient illness that extend well after the patient leaves an acute care setting. "Instead of paying for each care separately, CMS will provide one lump payment to providers for an episode of care." K. Sebelius, Secretary of HHS. Review complete article from HealthLeaders.
Reports from California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development
Health Policy Tutorials Available Now: The Kaiser Family Foundation is offering several tutorials on health policy.
Three articles on the Federal Implementation of Health Care Reform (6.1.11)
The California Workforce Investment Board and Office of Statewide Health Planning are holding hearing on the health care workforce. We would like help in attending all of these meetings. If any of you can attend and want to monitor/testify at these hearings, please let me know.
Future of Nursing Campaign for Action: This information will now be provided on its own page. Please visit IOM/Institute for the Future of Nursing and the California Action Coalition page.
U.S. Supreme Court will decide on Med i-Cal Rate Cuts: On January 19th the Supreme Court agreed to review California's controversial proposals to cut Medicaid reimbursements to physicians, dentists, pharmacies, health clinics, and other medical providers. Read more....
California State Legislation as of September 30, 2010
KaiserEDU.org presents two new tutorials that explain the new health reform law, how it passed through Congress and what it means for Medicaid. Titles of these tutorials are Health Reform: How Will Medicaid Change? and Health Reform: A Retrospective
Other related resources on health reform are also available on the web site. You can also following what's happening on kaiserEDU.org on Facebook.
August 31, 2010 Four Announcements: HHS Secretary Sebelius to Make Major Announcement Affecting Early Retirees Under Affordable Care Act; Secretary Sebelius announces $32 million to support rural health priorities; Secretary Sebelius Announces Expansion of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration under the Affordable Care Act; and Sebelius announces 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have received prescription drug cost relief under the Affordable Care Act.
August 10, 2010: State Medicaid Director Letter on Improved Access to HCBS & HHS Press Release on Availability of Health Center New Access Point Grants & Weekly HHS Affordable Care Act Bulletin.
August 6, 2010: HHS Affordable Care Act Bulletin &
CMS Educational Series for Providers on the Medicare & Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.