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Rep. Filler introduces bill to make preadmission screening process for inpatient psychiatric care more efficient

| Aug 31, 2022 | Michigan

On Aug. 17th, Rep. Graham Filler (R-St. Johns) introduced a bill to streamline the screening process for potential admission to inpatient psychiatric care for behavioral and mental health patients.     House Bill 6355 would require preadmission screening units operated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or...[ Read More ]

Legislature passes CMA bill to protect patients and the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship

| Aug 26, 2022

The California Legislature unanimously passed an important California Medical Association (CMA) sponsored bill (AB 1636) that will ensure physicians who have committed sexual misconduct with a patient or client are prohibited from acquiring or reinstating their license. The bill—authored by Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D., (D-La Mesa) and co-authored by Assemblymember Al Murasuchi...[ Read More ]

CMS Releases FY 2023 Final Rule to Update Skilled Nursing Facilities PPS

| Aug 26, 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Key updates include: A negative 2.3% parity adjustment to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) case mix indices following...[ Read More ]

Tribal Area Health Education Center Will Address Tribal Health Care Needs, Train Workforce

| Aug 12, 2022

The Arizona Area Health Education Center (AzAHEC) Program at the University of Arizona Health Sciences recently selected the Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care to develop a new American Indian Health AHEC Regional Center dedicated to developing health profession education initiatives and expanding access to health care for tribal communities in...[ Read More ]

CHCF report shows significant unmet need for mental health services among California youth and adults

| Aug 5, 2022 | California

A new California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) report that compiles the most recent state data available shows that in recent years, many adults and children with mental health issues or major depressive episodes did not receive treatment despite significant need in the state and increased funding.     According to...[ Read More ]

State of Reform is hiring!

| Aug 1, 2022

State of Reform is focused on bridging the gap between health care and the policy that governs it. We do this by engaging stakeholders from each of the many siloes in health care—including providers, health plans, lawmakers, and much more—and providing a non-partisan, policy agnostic space to discuss how to...[ Read More ]