On November 13, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to state Medicaid directors outlining a wide range of opportunities for states to design innovative delivery systems for adults and children with serious mental health conditions.
On October 26, 2018, Judge Ketanji Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that certain patient days for individuals in the Commonwealth Care program should be included in calculating DSH Medicare reimbursement for 12 Massachusetts hospitals serving large numbers of poor patients.
On October 24, 2018, the President signed H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act. The new legislation contains amendments to Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal laws to address the opioid crisis.
On September 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning certain past payments to a number of mostly non-profit hospitals under the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.