By Julian Pecquet - 08/11/10 10:00 AM EDT
NEW MEDICAID/CHIP REGS: Final rule on payment error rate measurement in Medicaid and CHIP programs published in the Federal Register this morning: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
In brief: As called for in last year's Children's Health Insurance Program reauthorization, the new rule changes the process for reviewing cases in which states have used simplified enrollment efforts such as self-declaration for eligibility cases; eliminates duplication of effort between eligibility reviews administered in the same fiscal year; extends the timeframe for providers to submit documentation; and provides states additional time to submit corrective action plans.
MINE BLAST UPDATE: Mine safety regulators brief reporters in the morning on latest findings in April's deadly explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.
Background: The telephone conference call comes as mine owner Massey Energy is claiming vindication after new findings reveal monitors showing methane rush weren't tampered with: http://bit.ly/9xWvx4.
MSHA's response: "While some of the methane monitoring equipment has been examined, the question of tampering with these monitors is still a matter of investigation."
On the call: U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Joseph Main and MSHA Coal Administrator Kevin Stricklin.
Ironic twist: Federal and state mine officials had to evacuate the mine Tuesday during their investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://bit.ly/bMUS7R
STATE MEDICAID HELP PRAISED: Advocates and provider groups heap praise on lawmakers after Congress passes $16 billion boost in federal Medicaid funds. A smattering:
National Association of Chain Drug Stores: http://bit.ly/dA4bB8
American Hospital Association: http://bit.ly/aYdDcL
National Community Pharmacists Association: http://bit.ly/aLcqqE
SINGLE-PAYER OUTRAGE: After White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said some left-wing critics "ought to be drug tested," Jon Walker on FireDogLake asks: Was Obama using before he became president? http://bit.ly/9YZl11
Gibbs's original comments to The Hill: http://bit.ly/9m3wL8