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Commissioner updates Legislature on 1332 reinsurance waiver ahead of January 2022 deadline

| Oct 13, 2021 | Virginia

Virginia’s reinsurance program is projected to reduce premium rates by 15.6% in the individual market starting in 2023, Commissioner of Insurance Scott White told legislators at last week’s Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight meeting. That’s contingent on the approval of the 1332 State Innovation Waiver , which...[ Read More ]

DMAS prepares for post-public health emergency Medicaid disenrollment

| Oct 12, 2021 | Virginia

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is currently preparing for the impending end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration, which will instigate a lengthy eligibility redetermination process for one in five Virginians who currently benefit from Medicaid.      DMAS Director Karen Kimsey provided an update on...[ Read More ]

Eight policy solutions to improve Virginia’s nursing homes

| Oct 8, 2021 | Virginia

In an effort to address staffing shortages and improve quality of care at Virginia’s nursing homes, legislators deliberated over eight potential policy solutions presented at the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) meeting this week. These included increasing reimbursement rates for nursing home staff, establishing acuity-based work hour requirements, and...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ Carilion Clinic president and CEO Nancy Howell Agee on moving towards value-based care

| Oct 7, 2021 | Virginia

Nancy Howell Agee has been the president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, Roanoke's largest health system, since 2011 and has guided its seven hospitals and other health care facilities through the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stretched into its 19th month. Agee also gained national recognition as the immediate past chair...[ Read More ]

Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care requests public input on 2022 study topics

| Oct 7, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) is one step closer to determining its 2022 study topics, which will help inform policymakers as they draft legislation in the upcoming session in January.      Potential study issues the Commission discussed at this week’s executive committee meeting include long-term care,...[ Read More ]

VHHA hosts discussion on innovative behavioral health models of care

| Oct 7, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) brought together some of Virginia’s top leaders and drivers during its 2021 Virginia Behavioral Health Summit. Behavioral health has been a key issue across the state, particularly due to ongoing workforce shortages at state hospitals and community services boards.     One solution...[ Read More ]

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