Health Care Reform Dashboard

Health Care Reform Dashboard

Charting Developments with the
Affordable Care Act and Beyond



New Executive Order and CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Offer Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services, Extension of Temporary Telehealth Flexibilities

On August 3, 2020, President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access” (the Executive Order). The Executive Order directed the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the temporary telehealth flexibilities authorized during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and to propose a regulation to [&hellip… Continue Reading »

CMS Addresses Extended Deadlines for Benefit Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has followed the guidance, jointly issued by the U.S. Departments of Labor and the Treasury, that extends benefits-related deadlines in the face of COVID-19 hardships affecting plans and plan participants. That guidance provides for relaxed enforcement of requirements for plans to [&hellip… Continue Reading »

CMS Issues Temporary Regulatory Waivers to Increase the U.S. Health Care System’s Ability to Respond to COVID-19

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a large number of temporary regulatory “blanket” waivers to provide “maximum flexibility” for the U.S. health care system’s response to COVID-19. This issuance was enabled by President Trump’s emergency declaration of March 13, 2020, which authorized CMS to issue Section 1135 waivers [&hellip… Continue Reading »

CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response

CMS Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations: Limit All Non-Essential Planned Surgeries and Procedures, Including Dental, Until Further Notice On March 18, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued recommendations to limit all non-essential adult surgeries and dental procedures during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance comes as health care [&hellip… Continue Reading »