September 23, 2020

CMS Administrator Seema Verma says CMS will withdraw its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule from the agency's regulatory agenda in response to "concerns that have been raised by our state and provider partners about potential unintended consequences of the proposed rule," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

  • Maryland: CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a tweet last week wrote that CMS will withdraw its Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) from the agency's regulatory agenda in response to "concerns that have been raised by our state and provider partners about potential unintended consequences of the proposed rule." The MFAR proposal would have established new reporting requirements for supplemental Medicaid payments and financing arrangements, among other things. Earlier this year, the American Hospital Association urged CMS to withdraw the proposed rule, saying it would "severely curtail the availability of health care services to millions of individuals" and that "many of its provisions are not legally permissible" (Verma tweet, 9/14; AHA News, 9/14).

  • New Jersey: The New Jersey Institute of Technology this week quarantined 300 students after detecting trace amounts of the novel coronavirus in sewage samples from a dormitory on the school's campus. School officials directed the students to quarantine in their residence until they receive a negative coronavirus test. None of the quarantined students have reported experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to Matthew Golden, the college's chief strategy officer (Grzeszczak, Newsweek, 9/19).

  • North Carolina: UNC Rex Healthcare plans to open a 242,000 square-foot, $170 million hospital in Holly Springs in September 2021. The hospital will have 50 beds, three ORs, and one procedure room, and will offer ED, laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology services (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/21).

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