Workforce expert: Healthcare jobs will change but the field remains 'hands on'

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Healthcare workers are hardly immune from the threat of a jobless future as being explored in this week's Emerging Issues Forum "Future Work" conference. But as one of the speakers explains opportunities will remain available for humans in healthcare. Ahead of the Institute for Emerging Issues event, WRAL TechWire sought analysis about how technology continues to disrupt the healthcare industry and what workers today and tomorrow can do to better prepare themselves for future jobs. Reg Javier is associate manager of Boston-based Public Consulting Group. He will be speaking on Tuesday. "Automated records have made file clerk jobs all but disappear," Javier explained. "All across the professional continuum, healthcare now requires tech competency. [More]

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Supreme Court rules mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional

 

Last week, advocates for youth involved with state juvenile justice systems celebrated when the United States Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for people to serve mandatory life sentences in prison for crimes of murder committed as children. The high court made retroactive a 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. Justice Anthony Kennedy stressed that “the decision to impose life without parole should never be invoked.” Youth should be able to contemplate the possibility of a life on the outside again. The issue was brought forth by the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. [More]

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TC wins Louisiana Medicaid modernization IV&V

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was recently notified by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Bureau of Health Services Financing (BHSF) of its intent to award PCG a contract to provide Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) services. [More]

 

USDE to create ESSA regulation committee

 

In a February 3, 2016 regulatory document, the U. S. Department of Education (USDE) announced its intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to help develop regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The committee will consist of representatives of major stakeholders, including teachers, education leaders, parents, and representatives of students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically underserved students. [More]

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CMS finalizes new Medicaid drug reimbursement rules

 

On February 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations in the Federal Register on Medicaid upper payment limits (UPLs) for covered outpatient drugs, as well as rebates that drug manufacturers must provide to states. State Medicaid agencies must take into account “average manufacturers’ prices” (AMPs) and other factors in calculating state Medicaid payments for covered outpatient drugs and dispensing fees to pharmacies that purchase medications, usually from wholesalers. Based on data in reports generated by state Medicaid agencies, drug manufacturers must calculate rebates to states under methods specified in the rule. [More]

 

States risk penalties for failing to meet data reporting requirements

 

PCG has an opportunity to counsel state Health and Human Services departments on how to reduce the financial risks of failing to meet extensive reporting requirements of the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD). Following the establishment of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) at section 477 of the Social Security Act (SSA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) established requirements for allowing states to issue for the benefit of qualified youth a Chafee Foster Care Independent Living grant. [More]

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Massachusetts Health Policy Commission issues 2015 Cost Trends Report

 

On January 20, 2016, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission issued its “2015 Cost Trends Report,” pursuant to Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. The report contains comprehensive data on the Commonwealth’s health care spending across all private and public payers, detailed analyses of multi-year spending trends, and key insights about the strengths and weaknesses of the health care delivery system across Massachusetts’ communities. [More]

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TC wins HIPAA contract in California

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was recently awarded a one-year engagement with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to complete an independent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) risk assessment. The purpose of this project is to perform an independent risk assessment to ensure CDPH fulfills State Administration Manual (SAM) and HIPAA risk assessment and management requirements. [More]

 

CMS and ONC update health IT goals

 

On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a joint statement which defines guiding principles on promoting “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs) for purposes of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). [More]

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U.S. Supreme Court turns down appeal of challenge to ACA

 

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal of a Washington, D.C., U.S. Court of Appeals decision denying another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]

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