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PCG and the Georgia Department of Education Win Learning Impact Platinum Award for Their Work on the 50-State CASE Registry Service.

At this year’s Learning Impact Leadership Institute IMS Global, recognized Public Consulting Group (PCG) and the Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE) with a Learning Impact Platinum Award

1. June 2018
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    Federal District Court Judge invalidates Kentucky’s work requirement in its approved Medicaid expansion program

    On June 29, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia rejected Kentucky’s work requirement imposed as part of the state’s Medicaid expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    • 11. July 2018
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    US District Court holds no private right of action under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    On June 15, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the HIPAA statute does not provide a private cause of action. A patient at a hospital in Washington, District of Columbia, claimed that the medical intake computer station violated HIPAA’s privacy protections. She filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights, but neither would pursue her claims.

    • 28. June 2018
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    Panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denies ACA risk corridor payments for two insurers

    On Thursday, June 14, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two to one decision, voted against two health insurers in their bid for increased risk corridor payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1342 of the ACA established a temporary risk corridors program allowing for sharing in insurers’ gains and losses that resulted from inaccurate rate setting from 2014 through 2016 between the federal government and qualified health plans. 

    • 21. June 2018
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    CMS issues new guidance on using Medicaid health IT to reduce opioid risks

    On June 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance to state Medicaid directors about how states can harness Medicaid health information technology to combat the opioid crisis. CMS encourages states to pursue strategies such as enhanced prescription drug monitoring programs, drug utilization review programs, and opioid risk assessment tools which can be integrated into electronic health record systems...

    • 14. June 2018