PCG featured in this month’s issue of The Learning Counsel!

 

To implement the new Florida Standards, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) partnered with PCG to design a three-tiered, blended learning professional development model for the state’s more than 600 charter schools. [More]

 

California child well-being report card released

 

On January 7, 2016, Children Now, a nonprofit children’s advocacy group, published a report card outlining the well-being and health of California’s 9 million children, 12 percent of the nation’s entire child population. Focusing on three areas of child well-being (education, health, and child welfare), the “2016 California Children’s Report Card” revealed mix results, from an ‘A-‘ for “health insurance” to a ‘D-‘ for “childhood trauma and resiliency.” [More]

 

TC wins first independent contract for newly-formed EA business line

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was recently awarded a new contract to provide Strategic Planning and Enterprise Architecture (EA) support services to the California Department of Health Care Services, Office of Systems Integration (OSI). PCG TC will assist the State’s efforts to implement the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) Technical Strategic Plan and evolve the Agency Enterprise Architecture program. [More]

 

Hartford Performs featured in The New York Times

 

Hartford Performs launched in the 2009-2010 academic year in select Hartford schools as a pilot program designed to encourage student success through arts-integrated, standards-based learning. Following the inaugural year, PCG Education collaborated with Hartford Performs to conduct a three-year evaluation examining the program’s implementation and impact in Hartford Schools from 2010 to 2013. The resulting Summary of Impact Report revealed (among other findings) higher reading and writing scores for participating students compared to their peers. [More]

 

Draft 2017 letter to issuers in the Federally-facilitated marketplaces

 

On December 23, 2015, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces to provide issuers seeking to offer qualified health plans in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces or the Federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Programs with operational and technical guidance to help them successfully participate in those Marketplaces. [More]

 

TC awarded cyber security contract with Washington State DOH

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was recently awarded a contract with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to provide expert level cyber security analysis and oversight services during the development of a system for registration of medical marijuana patients. [More]

 

Legislation to watch as Congress reconvenes next week

 

Several important pieces of legislation seeking child welfare finance reform were introduced during the first year of the 114th Congress. With Congress officially reconvening on Monday, January 11, 2016, for the second year of the 114th Congress, here are legislation updates and bills to watch in the coming year. [More]

 

Congress includes ACA tax delays in Omnibus spending legislation

 

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a spending and tax package that will potentially keep the Federal Government operating through September 2016, but contains three significant Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax delays. [More]

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CMMI announces AHC grant opportunities

 

On January 5, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) soliciting grant applications to test whether identifying health-related social service needs and promoting delivery of services to meet those needs can help reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. [More]

 

CMS releases Quality Measure Development Plan

 

On December 18, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft Quality Measure Development Plan authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The draft plan outlines a framework to address gaps in Medicare quality measures under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-based Payment Modifier (VM), and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) payment incentive programs. [More]