1. IRS and CMS Publish 90-Day Waiting Period Final Rule

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have published a final rule to clarify the maximum allowed length of any reasonable and bona fide employment-based orientation period, consistent with the 90-day waiting period limitation set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rules govern the relationship between a plan's eligibility criteria and the 90-day waiting period limitation. These final regulations apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.

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  2. NCVHS Committee on Standards Meeting

    The NCVHS Committee on Standards will be meeting on June 10, 2014. The purpose of this hearing is to review and discuss the current status of selected administrative simplification activities that are a priority for NCVHS in 2014:

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  3. NCVHS Meeting June 11-12, 2014

    The National Committee on Vital Health and Statistics (NCVHS) will be meeting on June 11-12, 2014. During this meeting, NCVHS will continue to plan for 2014 objectives and deliverables, and review and approve the Eleventh HIPAA Report to Congress. NCVHS will also review the recommendation put forth during the May 15, 2014 Conference Call regarding use of NCPDP’s ePA transaction.

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  4. CMS Publishes Proposed Hospice Payment Rule for FY 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed hospice payment rule for fiscal year 2015 on May 8, 2014.

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  5. SAMHSA Holds Public Listening Session

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a public listening session on June 11, 2014, to solicit information concerning the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The purpose of the session is to obtain direct input from stakeholders on updating the regulations. The scheduled listening session provides an opportunity for SAMHSA to seek public input on potential changes to the regulations.  Click here to register.

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