Capitol Correspondence - 06.10.19

CMS Issues RFI on Improving Medicaid through Patients Over Paperwork Initiative; Deadline 8/12

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ANCOR is sharing this announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because changes to Medicaid payer coding or amendments to regulations such as those described below are relevant to how our members run their programs. Medicaid is the primary source of funding for disability supports.

As shared by CMS:

Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork Request for Information

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking new ideas from the public on how to continue the progress of the Patients over Paperwork initiative. The RFI on Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork invites patients and their families, the medical community, and other healthcare stakeholders to recommend further changes to rules, policies, and procedures that would shift more of clinicians’ time and our healthcare system’s resources from needless paperwork to high-quality care that improves patient health.

Among other topics in this RFI, CMS solicits new ideas in several areas related to transforming Medicaid and better care for Medicare-Medicaid dually eligible individuals, including: aligning Medicare, Medicaid and other payer coding, payment and documentation requirements and processes; clarifying or simplifying regulations or operations that pose challenges for beneficiaries dually enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid and those who care for such beneficiaries; and simplifying beneficiary enrollment and eligibility determination across programs.

The RFI on Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork is posted in the Federal Register and the comment period closes on August 12, 2019.  More information on the Patients over Paperwork initiative is available here.”