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CHA Issues Summary of Final Rule on Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, Value-Based Purchasing Arrangements

CHA has issued a detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that makes changes to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, drug utilization review, and third-party liability regulations, and revises requirements for value-based purchasing (VBP) agreements between states and manufacturers for drugs covered by Medicaid. 

CDPH Issues AFL on SNF Facility Fit-testing of Staff Respiratory Protection

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued all facilities letter (AFL)  21-05, which provides information for skilled nursing facilities about the process to request resources through Salesforce to support fit-testing of respiratory protection for staff.  Under the new process , which is effective January 13, 2021, the State has contracted with Concentra to provide training and fit-testing for SNF staff who must wear respiratory protection to safely perform their essential duties. Facilities will now have the ability to enter fit-testing requests into Salesforce for their Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) to consider and coordinate. Additional information about the Salesforce platform is available in AFL 20-79.   

Updates for the Week of Jan. 11

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following updates this week:​​

HRSA Notice: Geographic Eligibility for Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Grants
1/4: 2020 MIPS Performance Year Data Submission Window Opened
2/1: 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application Period Closes for COVID-19 Related Applications Only

CDPH Issues Guidance for Certain Providers That Serve PACE Programs

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 21-03, which exempts from CDPH licensure home health agencies (HHAs), primary care clinics (PCCs), and adult day health centers (ADHCs) that exclusively serve participants of a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE).