CMS Issues Final Rule to Empower States, Manufacturers, and Private Payers to Create New Payment Methods for Innovative New Therapies Based on Patient Outcomes

December 21, 2020 Contact: CMS Media RelationsCMS Media Inquiries CMS Issues Final Rule to Empower States, Manufacturers, and Private Payers to Create New Payment Methods for Innovative New Therapies Based on Patient Outcomes The Final Rule updates provisions to promote value-based payment for prescription drugs, while furthering the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized regulatory changes to modernize Medicaid prescription drug purchasing and propel payment innovation by providing states, private payers and manufacturers more flexibility to enter into value-based purchasing (VBP) arrangements for prescription drugs.

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PROVIDER INFECTION PREVENTION HELPLINE

California Department of Social Services PIN 20-29-CCLD December 21, 2020 TO: ALL COMMUNITY CARE LICENSED PROVIDERS Original signed by Ley Arquisola FROM: LEY ARQUISOLA, R.N., M.S.N. Acting Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: PROVIDER INFECTION PREVENTION HELPLINE Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 20-29-CCLD announces a new helpline resource for providers to obtain information on infection prevention and control best practices.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospice Requirements

AFL 20-47.1 From the California Department of Public Health December 21, 2020 TO: Hospice Providers SUBJECT:Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospice Requirements (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-47) ​AUTHORITY:     Executive Order N-35-20 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies hospice providers of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This revision rescinds prior authorization to begin operations based solely on submission of an application and clarifies that a hospice provider seeking initial licensure must receive approval before providing care.

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San Francisco’s Laguna Honda nursing home reports lowest COVID-19 death rate for its size

By Stephanie Sierra, ABC 7 News, December 21 2020 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital, the largest skilled nursing home in the state, continues to report the lowest COVID-19 death rate in the Bay Area for a facility its size. “The city made the decision really early on to be aggressive in terms on how we fought through the pandemic,” said Michael Phillips, CEO of Laguna Honda.

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