Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule

Trump rewards the nursing home industry again. Besides removing fines and enforcement and giving millions with no conditions, the industry gets another favor. This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rescinded the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR).

The Rule added transparency to the Medicaid payment process to eliminate fraudulent practices. The rule established new reporting requirements on Medicaid supplemental payments.

“Enacting this proposed rule would cut up to $50 billion nationally from the Medicaid program annually, further crippling Medicaid financing in many states and jeopardizing access to care for the 75 million Americans who rely on the program as their primary source of health coverage,” AHCA/NCAL and the American Hospital Association wrote in a joint statement.

Most governors and patient advocacy groups also opposed the MFAR.  Many consumer advocates also did not want Medicaid to get cut anymore.

Not a good idea to cut Medicaid during a pandemic with 30 million people unemployed.