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NAHC Report: Issue# 2197, 5/16/2013
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Marilyn Tavenner Approved by the Senate to Lead CMS in a 91 – 7 Vote
Republican Legislative Proposal Aims to Adopt Per Capita Cap for Medicaid
For Your Information: CMS Announces Round Two of its Health Care Innovation Awards Including for Post-Acute Care
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Marilyn Tavenner Approved by the Senate to Lead CMS in a 91 – 7 Vote

Marilyn Tavenner, the acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was approved to become the agency’s official Administrator on a 91 – 7 vote on Wednesday night. The vote comes after Ms. Tavenner’s unanimous approval – by voice vote – in the Senate Finance Committee late last month, and after Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) lifted his hold on her appointment because of a dispute with the Obama Administration about funds for preventive health services being diverted to help fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement upon news of Ms. Tavenner’s confirmation:

“The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is pleased that Marilyn Tavenner has been confirmed as Administrator of CMS. Ms. Tavenner brought her wealth of health care experience as a nurse, health care executive and government official at the state level to the position.

During this critical time in our nation’s history as Congress debates the health care system including the Medicare and Medicaid programs, we look forward to Ms. Tavenner’s continued leadership at CMS.”

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CMS Announces Round Two of its Health Care Innovation Awards Including for Post-Acute Care

CMMI has announced Round Two of its Health Care Innovation Awards. Under this round of funding, CMS will spend up to $1 billion for awards and evaluation of projects from across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.

Round Two specifically names models of care that are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings – including home health care.

CMS specifically seeks new payment models to support the service delivery models funded by this initiative. All applicants must submit, as part of their application, the design of a payment model that is consistent with the new service delivery model that they propose.

For more information in this funding opportunity through CMS, please review the full announcement here.

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Republican Legislative Proposal Aims to Adopt Per Capita Cap for Medicaid

On May 7, Representative Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Medicaid Accountability and Care Act of 2013 (the MAC Act) - H.R. 1853. The bill calls for a modernization of Medicaid financing through controlled spending, an emphasis on value-based incentives, and fighting fraud.

Dr. Cassidy’s bill largely mirrors a Republican proposal to reform Medicaid entitled “Making Medicaid Work: Protect the Vulnerable, Offer Individualized Care, and Reduce Costs” (the Proposal). This Proposal was released on May 1, and co-authored by Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee. The stated goals of the Proposal are to “modernize the Medicaid program” by “equipping states to implement patient-centered reforms” and “imposing fiscal discipline in the program.”

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