FAH Submits Detailed Comments on Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule

This week, the Federation of American Hospitals submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with detailed, comprehensive comments on the Medicaid Managed Care proposed rule. The purpose of the proposed rule is to modernize existing regulations to reflect the changes that have occurred in Medicaid and the managed care marketplace. The FAH letter praises the direction in which certain provisions in the proposed rule are headed, and urges CMS to consider adjustments to strengthen many of the provisions. As detailed in the letter, the FAH analyzes the direction and implementation of various provisions proposed by CMS: […] Read More »

Celebrating Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th Anniversary: Looking to the Future of Medicaid Expansion

Established in 1965, Medicaid is a pillar of our health care system, providing access to care for low-income Americans and children. This program, now operating for five decades, is a crucial safety net for more than 71 million Americans nationwide. Medicaid recipients have the guarantee of access to care and health care coverage 24/7, ensuring health security for those most in need. Medicaid expansion has been a key focus over the past few years, as states have moved to grow their programs to be able to cover more vulnerable Americans and children with the care they need. As health care […] Read More »

New CMS Projections on Health Care Spending: What the Numbers Really Mean for Consumers

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their annual health care spending projections, covering the time period 2014-2024. The data shows health care spending growth has increased to 5.5% for 2014, which is a modest increase from the national spending slowdown trend that has yielded historically low health care spending growth for several consecutive years. And while many are quick to declare the end of the spending slowdown or ratchet up concerns, it is imperative that we take this latest data into perspective. Growth to remain well below average in the near-term. Historically, health care spending has […] Read More »