The Daily Scan

June 22, 2018

Last Updated: 8:45 AM EST

Legislation

  • The Trump Administration released an expansive proposed plan for government reorganization. Notably for the healthcare sector, the proposal moves the non-commodity nutrition assistance programs currently in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) into the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and renames HHS the Department of Health and Public Welfare (DHPW). The proposal also establishes a Council on Public Assistance, comprised of all Federal agencies that administer public benefits, with statutory authority to set cross-program policies including uniform work requirements. (WhiteHouse.gov)

Litigation

  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced yesterday that his office has reached a settlement on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with various tobacco companies, resolving 20 years of disputes and future disputes relating to the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Under the settlement, Pennsylvania will receive nearly $357 million in tobacco settlement money during fiscal year 2018 – 2019 on top of the $350 million it receives annually from tobacco companies. In addition to these initial amounts, Pennsylvania will receive $279 million more over the following 12 years, which will go to the Commonwealth’s general fund. (AttorneyGeneral.gov)

 

  • A federal judge in Delaware has approved HCR ManorCare’s latest plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection under the control of ProMedica and Welltower. Earlier this spring, the Toledo-based nursing home operator filed a expedited bankruptcy plan to effectively transfer ownership of itself to Quality Care Properties Inc., a Maryland-based real estate investment trust that was owed tens of millions of dollars in unpaid rent by HCR ManorCare. But after Judge Kevin Gross of U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved that plan, ManorCare and QCP announced they had struck a new deal with ProMedica and Welltower. Under the new agreement — which Judge Gross signed off on Thursday — Welltower would pay $20.75 per share, or $1.95 billion, to purchase Quality Care Properties, while ProMedica would pay $300 million in cash and assume $1.1 billion in ManorCare debt in return for control of its nearly 500 assisted living, skilled nursing, and home-health and hospice centers. ProMedica’s acquisition of the HCR ManorCare business is predicated on the sale of QCP to Welltower. (ToledoBlade.com)

Medicare & Medicaid

  • Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL). The DEL is a new CMS database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Using this free, centralized resource, the public for the first time can view the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute care facilities (such as nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals) to collect as part of the health assessment of their patients. It is important to note that the DEL doesn’t contain any patient-identifiable data whatsoever. (CMS.gov)

Private Sector

  • New York-based Oscar Health announced yesterday that it has filed to offer its consumer-focused, technology-driven health insurance in nine states and 14 markets in 2019, nearly doubling their current footprint. The six new markets will be spread across three new states — Florida, Arizona, and Michigan — and three additional large metro areas in Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas, subject to regulatory approval. (HiOscar.com)

 

  • Humana and Walgreens announced this week that they are teaming up to provide easier access to primary care and other services for seniors, as part of the companies’ ongoing and shared commitment to the health and well-being of the Kansas City community. Through the joint effort, Partners in Primary Care, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Humana, will operate senior-focused primary care clinics inside two Walgreens stores in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Scheduled to open this fall, the clinics will be approximately 2,500 square feet, and will complement Walgreens pharmacy services, as well as the four Partners in Primary Care centers that opened in Kansas City in 2017. All of the clinics serve seniors participating in a number of Medicare plans. (Walgreens.com)

 

 

 

 

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