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CMS Task Force Unveils Guidelines For How Nursing Homes Can Fight COVID

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The commission, announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in April, was tasked with enhancing strategies for infection control and prevention in facilities. The task force was made up of 25 appointed members, including infectious disease experts and directors of nursing homes. Critics claim it does little to set higher standards.

Increases In Medicaid Enrollment Widespread Due To Job Losses

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Caseloads rose on average 8.4% through July in 30 states for which researchers have enrollment information. And in 14 states with enrollment data through August, the average is 10%. Other news is on CMS pulling back from a financing proposal, as well.

Health Care Issues Heat Up On Campaign Trail

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While the coronavirus crisis dominates national attention, 2020 candidates are highlighting broader health care policy messages on the trail and in ads.

Georgia Governor Applies To Opt Out Of Obamacare Exchange

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Gov. Brian Kemp (R) wants the Trump administration to let him block state residents from using the federal exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act and force Georgians to seek out their own commercial options instead. In other health law news: Texas medical professionals urge the governor to expand Medicaid; and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) fails to offer up his promised ACA alternative.

All Nursing Homes Must Now Test Workers For COVID, CMS Mandates

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Facilities face financial penalties if they don’t test staff during an outbreak. The interim regulation is the first time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has required such testing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospitals Must Report COVID Data Or Risk Medicare, Medicaid Funding

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In new emergency rules, the Trump administration warned hospitals that it would revoke Medicare and Medicaid dollars if coronavirus patient data and test results are not reported to HHS. The reporting program was previously voluntary.

Medicaid Expansion Passes In Missouri

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Another ballot measure campaign results in voters again overruling Republican state lawmakers who refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, fewer unemployed have enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic than expected.

Missouri Medicaid Expansion Fight Heats Up Ahead Of Vote

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Whether Missouri should expand its Medicaid program will be put to voters next Tuesday. In other Medicaid news: Texas extends pandemic flexibility; telehealth users want permanent change; and many doctors support benefits for unemployed.