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ACNM Policy Updates

2014

 

1.  ACNM Analysis of Election Results - The State Picture
2.  ACNM Analysis of Election Results - The National Picture
3.  Supreme Court to Hear Another Challenge to ACA
4.  Annual March of Dimes Report on Preterm Birth Helpful for Midwifery Advocacy
5.  White House Invites Providers to Participate in Call with First Lady
6.  Don't Forget to Forward this Note to CNMs/CMs who are not ACNM Members

1.  CMS Responds to ACNM Comments and Modifies Physician Certification Requirements
2.  CMS Releases Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
3.  ACNM Submits Comments to NAIC on Network Adequacy Model Act
4.  ACNM Issue Brief on "Transition to Practice" Available
5.  KFF Reports on State Plans to Continue Increased Primary Care Payments under Medicaid
6.  ACNM Invited to White House Event
7.  Don't Forget to Forward this Note to CNMs/CMs Who are not ACNM Members
1.  ACNM Submits Comments in Response to Proposed Rule on Coverage for Contraception
2.  ACNM-Led Coalition Submits Comments on The Joint Commission's Proposed Perinatal Care Certification Standards
3.  ACNM Issue Brief on Supreme Court Case:  North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners vs. FTC
4.  Medscape Publishes Rating of Insurers:  Which Ones are the Best to Work With?
5.  Open Enrollment and the Marketplace:  Significant Issues to Consider
6.  Pregnancy and Options for Coverage:  A Resource for Your Clients
7.  North Carolina Affiliate President Wins Advocacy Award
8.  So, How Do You Get Paid?  ACNM Webinar on Fee Schedule
Federal Issues
1.  ACNM Survey Looks at Marketplace Coverage for Midwifery Service
2.  ACNM Resource Helps Identify which State is the Best Place to be a Midwife
3.  National Governors Association Recommends Easing Restrictions on PAs
4.  Be Sure to Share this Update with CNMs/CMs Who are Not Yet ACNM Members
State Issues
1.  Proposed Collaborative Requirement Rules in Louisiana
2.  Change in Payments for Early Elective Delivery in Montana

1.  HHS Publishes Regulations Responding to Supreme Court Decisions Related to Coverage of Contraception
2.  CMS Accepts Comments by ACNM-Led Coalition and Incorporates them into FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Regulation
3.  ACNM Submits Comments in Response to Proposal to Modify Physician Certification Requirement
4.  ACNM Submits Comments in Response to CY 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
5.  NQF Maternity Action Team Releases "Playbook" to Help Hospitals Reduce Early Elective Deliver Rate
6.  DEA Publishes Regulation Modifying Scheduling for Hydrocodone Combination Products
7.  CMS Actuaries Project Growth in Health Care Spending
8.  Study Shows Hospitals Benefit from Medicaid Expansion
9.  CMS Formalizes Implementation Date for Transition to ICD-10
10.  Forward this ACNM Policy Update to CNMs/CMs who are NOT ACNM Members!

1.  CMS Proposes Significant Change to Physician Certification Requirement
2.  NQF Webinar to Announce Release of "Playbook" to Help Reduce Early Elective Deliveries
3.  Proposed Legislation Includes CNMs Among Providers to Receive Increased Medicaid Primary Care Payments
4.  ACNM Joins Amicus Brief Filed in Relation to Significant Supreme Court Case
5.  Massachusetts CNMs Gain Full Practice Authority
6.  AHRQ Publicizes Innovative Approaches to Increasing Breastfeeding
1. August is Midwifery Advocacy Month!
2. ACNM Update on Recent Supreme Court Decision Impacting Coverage of Contraception
3. Recording of Joint ACNM/CMS Webinar on Efforts to Improve Maternal/Infant Health Now Available
4. ACNM's State Government Affairs Team to Expand

  • July 24, 2014
  • 1. ACNM and CMS to Hold Webinar on Outcome of Maternal/Child Health Expert Panel
    2. CMS Publishes Proposed CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    3. EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination
    4. AHRQ Issues Evidence Report on Antidepressant Treatment During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

  • June 30, 2014
1. ACNM-Led Coalition Submits Comments on Proposed FY 2015 IPPS Regulation
2. Supreme Court Rules on Case Involving Requirement that Employer Plans Cover Contraception
3. Veterans Administration Responds to ACNM letter
4. HRSA Revises Health Professionals Shortage Areas
5. Recording of ACNM/NWLC Webinar on Breastfeeding and Contraception Coverage Now Available

1. ACNM Submits Comments on Provider Non-Discrimination
2. ACNM and National Women's Law Center to Host Webinar on Contraceptive and Breastfeeding Coverage Under the ACA
3. Does Medicaid Reimburse Your for Vaccinations for Pregnant Women?
4. FDA Finalizes Regulation Implementing Good Manufacturing Practices for Infant Formula Manufacturers

1. CMS Releases FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Regulation
2. CMS Releases New Payment Methodology for Federally Qualified Health Centers
3. CMS Releases Revisions to Regulations to Reduce Complexity and Burden
4. CMS Releases Final Regulation on Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

  • May 23, 2014
  • 1. Congratulations to Minnesota! APRN Bill Signed Into Law!
    2. Selected State Policy Developments from Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina

  • April 28, 2014
1. How has the Physician Certification Requirement Affected You?
2. Having Fun with GAC and PAC
3. HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity for Project to Improve Maternal Health and Safety

1. ACNM Submits Comments to Federal Trade Commission Regarding Competition in Health Care
2. Celebrating a Momentous Step in North Carolina
3. Selected State Legislative Developments from Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island

1. AHA Suit against CMS Includes Complaint about Physician Certification
2. FTC Report Sparks Questinos about Likelihood of Antitrust Action
3. National Health Service Corps Opens Application for Site Approvals
4. NQF Maternity Action Team to Host Public Webinar on Reducing Early Elective Deliveries
1. ACNM Clarifies Position on Licensure and Regulation of Midwives
2. Support Legislation Designating Maternity Shortage Areas!
3. Open Enrollment is Over -- But Special Enrollment Periods Still Apply to Many
4. Update on Kansas APRN Independent Practice Bill
5. Selected State Legislative Developments from South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia

1. Providers May be Left Unpaid if Marketplace Enrollees Don't Pay Premiums
2. CMS to Release Provider Payment Data
3. Update on North Carolina's Efforts for Practice Autonomy
4. South Carolina Battles to Protect Birth Centers
5. Selected State Legislative Developments from Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia

1. CQMC Submits Comments on Joint Commission Perinatal Care Certification Program
2. Selected State Legislative Developments from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Washington

1. CMS Releases Final 2014 Letter to Issuers and Request for Information Regarding Provider Non-Discrimination
2. Selected State Legislative Developments from Hawaii, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia

1. FTC Issues Policy Paper Endorsing APRN Independence
2. Supreme Court to Hear Precedent-Setting Case with Implications for Midwifery Advocacy
3. Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case to Begin Soon
4. New Tool from the Guttmacher Institute

1. ACNM Submits Comments on Marketplace "Letter to Issuers"
2. Help Needed to Survey Health Plans Regarding Coverage of Midwifery Services

1. Notable State Developments, Kentucky, Hawaii, Ohio, Florida
2. Other State Developments, Colordo, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia

1. ACNM Advocacy on VHA Yields Results
2. CMS Provides Guidance on Enrollment Policies Allowing Changes of Coverage
3. Joint Commission Releases Proposed Perinatal Care Certification Program
4. Kaiser Family Foundation Webinar on Women's Health Under the ACA

1. Recent State Legislative Developments, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota
2. Maryland Proposed Rule Eliminates Requirement for Collaborative Plan
3. State Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System
4. Lab Regulations to Require Direct Patient Access to Test Results

1. ACNM and Other Nursing Groups Send Letter to CMS Regarding Requirement for Physician Certification
2. Physician Documentation of Face-to-Face Meeting Prior to DME Order - Does it Apply to Midwives?

1. HHS Secretary Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Wakefield to Hold Conference Call with Nursing Community
2. ACNM Coalition Submits Comments on Proposed Plan Quality Rating System

1. CMS to Hold 1/16 Conference Call for Healthcare Providers
2. HRSA to Hold Call on Nurse Loan Repayment

1. ACNM Led Coalition Submits Recommendations on Maternity Care to MACPAC
2. Incidet-To Billing and the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.




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