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Executive Summary: Medicare Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) …

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

24 page summary of the new physician payment system under Medicare.  From the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Health and Human Services Department


Medicare Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-focused Payment Models

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

Final regulation (2000+ pages) for the new payment system for Medicare physicians that advances the administration’s emphasis on payment for quality rather than quantity of care.  Offers two paths in transitioning providers away from a fee-for-service system  From the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Health and Human Services Department


Teacher Preparation Issues

Categories: Careers,Education,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Final regulations for a new program of evaluating teacher preparation programs by states.  Includes placement and retention rates of graduates in first three years of teaching, feedback from graduates and their employers on effectiveness of program preparation, teacher evaluation results and more.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Promote Fairness, Competition, and Investment in the Business Data Services Market

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Proposal that would promote competition in the telecommunications industry by revising regulatory environment.  Calls for lowering price caps and changing policies on sharing of sensitive customer data by telecom companies.  Represents a revision of an earlier proposal.  From the Federal Communications Commission


PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts$file/15-1177-1640101.pdf

Circuit court decision by a divided three judge panel that calls into question the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   At issue is whether the CFPB, as an independent federal agency, can be constitutional if headed by a single person rather than a multi-member commission.  PHH, a mortgage lender, had objected to enforcement actions of the CFPB.  From the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Insurance Coverage of Ambulatory Care Visits in the Last Six Months of 2011-13 and 2014, by Medicaid Expansion Status

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

New pathways to insurance coverage became available in 2014 including government subsidized private coverage through newly-created marketplaces and the potential for states to expand Medicaid eligibility.  This report compares the insurance coverage of ambulatory care visits before and after these changes.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Copyright Office Special 1201 Study: Request for Additional Comments

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Property Rights

Requests additional comments from the public in connection with its ongoing study of the operation of laws regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, posted on the Federal Register.


Child Support Enforcement and the Hague Convention on Recovery of International Child Support

Categories: Children,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

Many foreign countries will not enforce U.S. child support orders in the absence of a treaty obligation.  This report describes recent actions that provide a stronger basis  for foreign government support of such orders.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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