On Thursday, January 8, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration for COVID‑19 will be renewed for another 90 days, beginning on January 21 (the date the PHE was previously scheduled to expire) and extending through ...
In late December, following several weeks of dynamic negotiations, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act).
For years, leading pediatricians, families and advocates have called for transforming pediatric care to focus more on addressing the family, social, emotional and economic issues that affect child health outcomes.
The long-awaited and hard-fought No Surprises Act was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Division BB, Title I, Sec. 101–118).
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act), which became law on December 27, includes $900 billion in supplemental appropriations to help address economic hardships wrought by COVID-19.
Until late December, few if any Medicare policy changes were anticipated as part of a year-end healthcare package, barring extensions of funding for programs that otherwise would have expired.
Health insurance issuers and employment-based group health plans face new federal requirements to demonstrate their mental health parity compliance.
On December 10, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a Proposed Rule with the goal of “making the prior authorization process less burdensome for payers and providers, and in turn, avoiding care delays for patients.”
On December 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its proposal to make significant changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule as part of its Regulatory Spring to Coordinated Care.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have dramatically—but temporarily—expanded coverage and reimbursement for telehealth services.