DHHS Office Issues 10-Year Framework for Achieving Interoperable Health IT

 

On June 5, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a multi-year plan for achieving an interoperable information technology (IT) infrastructure. [More]

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DHHS Announces Additional Funds to Expand Community Health Center Services

 

On June 3, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced an additional $300 million from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for existing Health Center Program grantees under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. The funds are earmarked to help community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services. [More]

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Reports Show Emerging ACA Impact on Medicaid Enrollments, Hospital Charges, and Payer Mix

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released on June 4, 2014 a report showing that the 26 jurisdictions (25 states and the District of Columbia) which implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by April 2014 saw on average a 15.3 percent increase in Medicaid/CHIP enrollments for April 2014, as compared to their average monthly enrollments in a July – September 2013 baseline period. States which had not implemented Medicaid expansion by April 2014 saw on average a 3.3 percent increase as compared to their 2013 baselines. Total reported Medicaid/CHIP enrollments nation-wide as of April 2014 reached 65,016,775, an increase of 6,050,059 (10.3 percent) as compared to 2013 baselines. [More]

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CA Judge Rules Teacher Retention Laws Violate Students’ Rights

 

In a June 10, 2014 tentative decision, a California (CA) Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of nine public school students who challenged five teacher retention statutes (Challenged Statutes) alleging that the statutes violate their right to equal protection under the CA constitution and their “fundamental rights to equality of education.” The students claimed that the Challenged Statutes result in grossly ineffective teachers obtaining and retaining permanent employment (tenure) and that those teachers are disproportionately situated in schools serving predominantly poor and/or minority students. [More]

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ED Provides Guidance on CWA Access to Student Records

 

In a June 2, 2014 press statement, the U. S. Department of Education (ED) announced the release of resources to "emphasize and support the needs of foster care students." Those resources include a dedicated Students in Foster Care informational web page and guidance on implementing the 2013 Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA). [More]

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ED Announces New GEAR UP Competitions

 

In a June 3, 2014 press statement, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the availability of $75 million for two new grant competitions for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The six-year grants to states and partnerships are intended to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. [More]

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President's Council Offers Health Systems Engineering Recommendations

 

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology submitted a compelling report to President Obama on May 29, 2014 entitled, "Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering." The report acknowledges demonstration programs and payment reforms in the Affordable Care Act but calls for an accelerated transition to payment models that create appropriate incentives to drive increases in the value of patient care, rather than volume of services. [More]

 

CMMI Begins Round Two for SIM Grants

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) on May 22, 2014 for grant awards under round two of the State Innovation Models (SIM) program. The FOA outlines opportunities for states to obtain model design awards for January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 as well as model testing awards for January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2018. CMMI expects that it will approve up to 15 model design awards, limited to $3 million per state, and up to 12 model testing awards, ranging from $20 million to $100 million per state. [More]

 

CMS Broadens Medicare Payment Policies for Certain Skilled Care Treatments

 

In accordance with a 2013 Settlement Agreement in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius, (see Fact Sheet here), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued revised portions of the relevant program manuals used by Medicare contractors. [More]

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NCES Releases the Condition of Education 2014 Report

 

On May 28, 2014, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the Condition of Education 2014 report. This annual report provides policymakers with information about the progress of U.S. education using 42 indicators on specified topics and trends including population characteristics, which addresses the implications of the level of education attainment, and participation in education, which addresses access to educational opportunities. Other indicators involve the assessment of various aspects of k-12 and postsecondary education. [More]

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