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New York State’s Budget Relies on Federal Medicaid Money –Expecting an Answer from CMS Soon

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

In 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) an amendment to New York’s existing Partnership Plan 1115 waiver that sought to “redesign” the state’s Medicaid program.  The amendment proposed to reinvest $10 billion of the $17 billion in savings the state anticipated it would achieve… Continue Reading

Ringing in the New Year With Health Insurance

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform

So January 1, 2014, has come and gone.  While many people were busily ringing in the new year, others were celebrating a different kind of fresh start: one marked by the reassurance of having health insurance. Although the rollout of healthcare.gov and even some state health insurance marketplaces was less than ideal, Americans who need… Continue Reading

The Impact of the ACA on the Health Insurance Market – By the Numbers

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform

On a recent MSNBC segment, Steve Rattner shared the following slides that illustrate ways in which the health insurance market will be impacted as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first reflects how various populations will be affected by the individual mandate to have insurance. The second indicates that most Americans who… Continue Reading

VHCA, Vorys to Present on Health Care Reform at OPRA Fall Conference

Posted in Health Care Reform

Vorys Health Care Advisors’ Maureen Corcoran and Daphne Saneholtz and Vorys partner Suzanne Scrutton will be presenting at the Ohio Provider Resource Association Annual Fall Conference on October 8, 2013.  The presentation is titled Health Care Reform Update: The Home Stretch and will discuss provider implementation issues associated with the Affordable Care Act, policy and… Continue Reading

Vorys Health Care Advisors and Truven Health Analytics Co-Author SAMHSA’s “Medicaid Handbook: Interface with Behavioral Health Services”

Posted in Behavioral Health, Medicaid

Maureen Corcoran, president of Vorys Health Care Advisors (VHCA), and Daphne Saneholtz, senior advisor with VHCA, partnered with John Easterday, Ph.D. and Truven Health Analytics to author a Medicaid handbook for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The handbook, titled “Medicaid Handbook:  Interface with Behavioral Health Services,” provides readers with an understanding of… Continue Reading

Overcoming A Hurdle: Consumer Understanding Of What The Affordable Care Act Has To Offer

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Health Care Reform

Despite the recent announcement that the requirement for employers to offer health insurance to their employees has been delayed, the federal and state governments are ramping up for the largest open enrollment period in history.  Fueled by the mandate that almost every American have health insurance as of January 1, 2014, millions of previously uninsured… Continue Reading

States Begin to Choose Essential Health Benefits for Their Citizens

Posted in Health Care Reform, Medicaid

Although not a “hard” deadline, states were encouraged to submit to the federal government by Monday, October 1, 2012, their lists of essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Essential health benefits are a set of health care service categories that must be covered by certain plans beginning in 2014.  According to… Continue Reading

Vorys’ Labor and Employment Alert Offers Guidance on Full-Time Employee Status and Other Employee Benefits News

Posted in Health Care Reform

Vorys’ Labor and Employment Alert offers important information regarding shared responsibility penalties on large employers that fail to offer health coverage to all of their full-time employees (or offer health coverage to full-time employees that is deemed to be unaffordable or inadequate).  This piece offers a wealth of information for employers contemplating the effects of the… Continue Reading

ACA Teleseminar Recording Now Available

Posted in Health Care Reform, Medicaid

Now available: A recording of the July 2 teleseminar regarding the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, provided by Vorys Health Care Advisors (VHCA) and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. You can also review VHCA’s PowerPoint presentation on which the Medicaid portion of the teleseminar was based.

VHCA Discusses Changing Health Care Landscape and Potential Future Opportunities for Assisted Living Providers

Posted in Health Care Reform, Medicaid

VHCA recently published an article in the Ohio Assisted Living Association’s quarterly newsletter.  The article is focused on the changing health care environment and potential future opportunities for assisted living providers.  Topics include: Medicare quality and payment reform provisions that could impact assisted living providers- Medicare Shared Savings Program Reducing avoidable hospitalizations in Medicare National… Continue Reading

Where States Stand on Implementing Health Care Law

Posted in Health Care Reform

Thanks to those of you who joined this afternoon’s teleseminar focused on analyzing the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The teleseminar was jointly hosted by Vorys Health Care Advisors and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. During the call, we referenced an Associated Press article entitled Where States Stand on Implementing Health Care Law. … Continue Reading

Webinar – The U.S. Supreme Court Decides on the Affordable Care Act: What Happens Now?

Posted in Health Care, Health Care Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce on Thursday, June 28th, its decision on the Affordable Care Act. Vorys Health Care Advisors and a panel of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease attorneys will be available Monday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) for a complimentary webinar. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Cindy… Continue Reading

Health Care Reform: Count Down to Decision Day (Part II)

Posted in Health Care, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

In our last post, we discussed the practical impact on the American public of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.  There are also significant repercussions for states, as described below. What does the Medicaid expansion really mean for States?  For Ohio, specifically? • States will be responsible for up to 10% of the cost of the… Continue Reading

Health Care Reform: Count Down to Decision Day

Posted in Health Care, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

Conventional wisdom holds that the U. S. Supreme Court is likely to render a decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) near the end of its term concluding on June 30th.  Four separate issues are under review: 1. The so-called “individual mandate” that all Americans have health insurance 2. The Medicaid expansion to low-income… Continue Reading

What the Affordable Care Act’s DSH Reductions Really Mean to High-DSH Hospitals

Posted in Health Care Reform, Medicaid

In fiscal year 2009, Ohio hospitals received nearly $408 million in Federal disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.  One provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—coupled with Ohio’s methodology for determining how DSH payments are allocated—will reduce important funding for Ohio’s safety net hospitals. In the early 1980s, Federal legislation established a requirement… Continue Reading

Simple Guide to Understanding the GOP Candidates’ Positions on Health Care

Posted in Health Care, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Uncategorized

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions recently published a piece highlighting the GOP presidential candidates’ positions on health care.  This helpful chart (located a third of the way down the page) illustrates their plans for the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, public health and wellness, and other insurance industry issues. Check it out to… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court set to review Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid eligibility expansion

Posted in Health Care Reform, Medicaid

Can Congress mandate an expansion of Medicaid to individuals not currently covered by most states’ Medicaid programs?  That’s one of the questions the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider as part of its review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of  2010. The justices also have said they will answer a second question… Continue Reading

Transforming Health Care Delivery – If not now, when?

Posted in Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Physical and Behavioral Health Integration

Change may be the only constant in health care. Some suggest that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with its emphasis on the integration of services, elimination of system inefficiencies and commitment to payment reform, is synonymous with the changing tides in health care – even though the political debate around its merits is far from… Continue Reading