HHS finalizes ACA non-discrimination rules

 

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), finalized rules in the Federal Register on non-discrimination under federally-funded health care programs and activities. The final rules implement section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which broadly prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, in order to advance health care equity and reduce health care disparities. The final rules reflect OCR’s evaluation of 24,875 public comments on proposed rules that were published on September 8, 2015. [More]

 

PCG provides program validation for innovative pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism

 

In 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism among juvenile and adult offenders while improving the lives of hundreds of high-risk young men, saving taxpayer dollars, and strengthening communities. Referred to as the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Project, this program was the third large-scale implementation of a pay-for-success model according to a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study entitled, “Massachusetts Pay for Success Contracts: Reducing Juvenile and Young Adult Recidivism.” [More]

 

PCG provides program validation for innovative pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism

 

In 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism among juvenile and adult offenders while improving the lives of hundreds of high-risk young men, saving taxpayer dollars, and strengthening communities. Referred to as the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Project, this program was the third large-scale implementation of a pay-for-success model according to a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study entitled, “Massachusetts Pay for Success Contracts: Reducing Juvenile and Young Adult Recidivism.” [More]

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Supreme Court returns ACA contraceptive cases to lower courts in hope of compromise resolution

 

In an opinion issued on May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded to the lower courts challenges by a number of nonprofit religious organizations to the contraceptive coverage requirement contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without expressing any “view on the merits of the case,” the Supreme Court vacated and sent back the cases to the Courts of Appeal indicating the possibility of the parties reaching a compromise, based upon supplemental briefs that were ordered to be submitted. The action was viewed as an attempt to avoid a 4-4 split decision by the Supreme Court, which would result in different outcomes in different states. [More]

 

PCG Denver Bridging the Gap 30 for 30

 

Staff from PCG’s Denver office recently participated in “Career Week,” a weeklong event supporting the Mile High United Way’s (MHUW) “Bridging the Gap” program. MHUW’s event offered PCG participants one-on-one mentoring time with struggling teens aging out of foster care as they prepare for their first jobs. [More]

 

PCG Denver Baby Shower Drive 30 for 30

 

In March 2016, staff from PCG’s Denver office held a gift drive in support of United Way’s Community Baby Shower, which is hosted annually by United Way’s Women United to help low income new moms in the Denver area. [More]

 

Examining the final Medicaid and CHIP managed care rules: summary and webinar

 

Members of PCG's Health Innovation Policy Information Technology ("HIPIT") team have released a summary of the final Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Rules promulgated by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) at the end of April. [More]

 

SME moderates important child welfare panel

 

On May 17, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a conference, “Preventing harm to children through predictive analytics,” focused on examining predictive analytics in child welfare. PCG Subject Matter Expert (SME) Judge James Payne (Human Services – Indianapolis) moderated the first of two panels during AEI’s conference. [More]

 

U.S. District Court Judge rules in favor of the House against Administration’s funding of subsidies under the ACA

 

On May 12, 2016, Federal District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the District of Columbia District ruled in favor of the House of Representatives in its challenge against the Obama administration’s funding of subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Judge Collyer ruled that Congress had not provided specific authority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund the subsidies provided under section 1402 of the ACA, which are intended to assist low-income individuals to pay for insurance premiums for coverage acquired under the exchanges. [More]

 

CMS extends Texas’ 1115 Medicaid waiver program for 15 months

 

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to grant the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) a 15 month extension through December 2017 of its section 1115 Medicaid waiver program. The waiver relates to the state’s Uncompensated Care and Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRP) and will continue existing program funding levels. [More]