HHS and Private Payers Announce Payment Reform Milestones

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on January 26, 2015 that it expects by the end of 2016 to link 85 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments to quality/value of care metrics in some degree (such as the Medicare hospital value-based purchasing program and the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program) and to make 30 percent of Medicare payments through alternative payment models (such as accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and bundled payment models). [More]

 

HHS Outlines Research on Substance Abuse Treatment

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a bulletin on January 26, 2015 which outlines scientific evidence on treatment models and Medicaid coverage options for youth with substance abuse disorders. [More]

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Hawaii DHS Extends PCG Technology Consulting's IV&V Contract through December 2015

 

In 2012, the Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) decided to replace its legacy Medicaid eligibility system with a solution to modernize its system and support the Affordable Care Act requirements. The first phase of the project, known as the Kauhale (Community) Online Eligibility Assistance (KOLEA) project, went live on Oct. 1, 2013 when the state converted a majority of the Medicaid functionality from the legacy system to KOLEA. [More]

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Whether Medicaid Providers Can Challenge a State’s Reimbursement Rates

 

On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution granted a state’s Medicaid providers a private right of action to challenge a state’s reimbursement rates. The Supremacy Clause generally is invoked when a federal law and a state law on the same subject collide with the federal law prevailing. [More]

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Indiana Wins State Health Plan Approval

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) on January 27, 2015 that CMS has approved FSSA’s “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0”. Indiana’s plan is designed to improve access to preventive care, encourage healthy behaviors, and promote greater efficiency in the health care delivery system. The CMS approval includes waivers of federal Medicaid requirements in eight major areas, including waivers related to charging enrollment premiums and enrollee co-payments on covered services. [More]

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Legislation Re: Child Sexual Trafficking Introduced in 114th Congress

 

The first three week of the 114th Congress has been flooded with five bills that address issues of exploitation of women and girls through sex trafficking. There is some overlaps in the legislation introduced, as well as recommendation for amendments to several previous laws addressing several issues. The House of Representatives on January 27, 2015 passed motions to suspend the rules and pass the bills by voice votes. [More]

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PCG Education’s ELA Curriculum Earns EQuIP’s ‘Exemplar’ Rating

 

Portsmouth, NH, January 29, 2015 – PCG Education today announced that a unit from its EngageNY English Language Arts (ELA) 6-12 curriculum was awarded an “Exemplar” rating by Educators Evaluating the Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP). This is the highest rating possible that EQuIP awards as part of its Peer Review Panel effort. [More]

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PCG Approved for United Kingdom Government G-Cloud 6 IT Master Services Agreement

 

PCG recently received notification that its application to the UK Government has been approved for eight IT services to be added to the G-Cloud VI Master Services Agreement (MSA). The G-Cloud MSA provides a simple one-stop shopping portal for UK Government entities to purchase Cloud computing and specialized consulting services. [More]

 

State of the Union Address Included Little Reference to K-12 Education

 

On January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address. Compared to some of his previous addresses, the President spoke very little about K-12 education. A Huffington Post article highlighted that the President did not mention the current congressional committee proposal to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB); however, rewriting NCLB was recently endorsed by the U.S. Education Secretary. [More]

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PCG’s EngageNY ELA Curriculum (6-12) Now Available in Print from Baum & Beaulieu

 

Boston, MA, January 20, 2015 – PCG Education today announced that it will partner with New York book distributor Baum & Beaulieu to make its EngageNY English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for grades 6-12 available to educators, schools, and districts in a low-cost print format. Baum & Beaulieu will serve as the exclusive national distributor of the curriculum, providing marketing, sales, fulfillment, and direct client services. [More]

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