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CBO’s Founding Director: Don’t Undermine the CBO’s Credibility

The founding director of the Congressional Budget Office is warning policymakers to steer clear of any attempt to undermine the credibility of the CBO. Alice Rivlin, now a senior fellow for economic studies at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy, was the CBO’s founding director, a position she held from 1975 to 1983. She also served as director of the Office Management and Budget (OMB) in the first Clinton Administration (1993-96) and vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-1999). She clearly knows a thing or two about finance.

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EEOC Issues Regulations on Engaging People with Disabilities

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published regulations on Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, explaining what federal agencies must do to comply with their legal obligation to engage in affirmative action in employment and otherwise serve as "model employers" for individuals with disabilities.

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USDA Final Rule Boosts Healthy Food Access, Sets New SNAP Standards

The Agriculture Dept. (USDA) publishes a final rule to increase access to healthy food choices for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aimed at requiring food retailers to expand their inventory of healthy foods. The final rule provides updates to SNAP retailer eligibility criteria. Previously, a retailer could be authorized to participate in the program with a minimum inventory of 12 items. Now, the number of required food items is expanded to a minimum of 84.

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Justice Department Issues New Guidance on ADA Integration Mandate

The guidance explains how the ADA integration mandate and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. apply to public employment service systems for individuals with disabilities.

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Public Comment Sought on Draft ‘MOON’ Document

CMS is seeking public comment on the revised Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The information collection request will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

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White Paper: Public Policy Updates Needed on Adult Vaccinations

The paper makes a compelling case for why adult vaccination quality measures should be included in the implementation of two national measure developments underway in the United States: the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Core Quality Measures Collaborative.

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CMS Moves to Reduce Improper CHIP, Medicaid Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues major proposed rules that update the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control (MEQC) and Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) programs.

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CMS to Issue New Rules Governing Coordination of Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will issue major rules in the coming weeks designed to “encourage care coordination” among providers who offer services to Medicare beneficiaries.

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Rule Revisions Coming for Medicare, Medicaid Hospitals

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will soon release a proposed rule involving a variety of “changes to promote innovation, flexibility and improvement in patient care” at hospitals, particularly critical access hospitals.

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Guidance for Patient Safety Issued

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality issues guidance for patient safety organizations and providers regarding questions about legislative and regulatory changes to patient safety guidelines.

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