Supreme Court declines review of “Origination Clause” challenge to ACA mandates


On February 29, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that a physician and his employer lacked standing to challenge the individual and employer mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Hotze v. Burwell, No. 15-622, cert. denied (U.S. Feb. 29, 2016). [More]


A Better Response to Nonviolent Misdemeanors - David L. Watkins, Ed.S, Director, Equity & Academic Attainment, Broward County (FL) Public Schools


David L. Watkins, Ed.S is Director of Equity & Academic Attainment, Broward County Public Schools, Florida. He has worked with schools and communities to "Close the Achievement Gap." He has also worked to eliminate the "School to Prison Pipeline" by collaborating with the Florida Department of Education and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, serving on committees such as Broward DJJ Circuit 17 Advisory Board & Broward Workshop Youth Advocacy Advisory Boards. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A & M University, Master’s Degree from Syracuse University and an Educational Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is a former Principal, Assistant Principal and teacher. [More]




Open Educational Resources: An OER Common Core Curriculum


A former teacher and instructional coach details how she and her team helped the state of New York develop an ELA curriculum from the standards up. Guest Post by Rebecca Stanko, Ed.D. To support educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) allocated Race to the Top funds to develop a new, standards-based, open-source K-12 English and math curriculum. The results of these efforts are now housed on EngageNY, an online portal where educators can go to find free, downloadable open educational resources (OERs), supporting professional development, and background on the standards and related instructional shifts. [More]

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Detecting Early Warning Signs of Behavioral Health Problems - Amy Kaye, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (CHNP)


Amy Kaye, PhD is a Staff Psychologist at the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP), the community mental health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to providing services as a school-based clinician and consultant at CHNP, Dr. Kaye serves as a member of the program’s Evaluation Team, facilitating, documenting, and evaluating evidence-based practice implementation throughout the service delivery model at CHNP partner schools. Additionally, she serves as a member of Boston Public Schools’ Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM) Research Committee, providing consultation on program evaluation efforts surrounding the district-wide CBHM. Dr. Kaye has extensive training and experience in implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of evidence-based strategies and practices in a variety of clinical settings, including urban public schools, residential schools, correctional facilities, primary care facilities, and community outpatient facilities. Dr. Kaye is currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a Teaching Fellow in Prevention Science and Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine, and she completed her predoctoral internship at Milton Hershey School. [More]


Individual Provider One Medicaid claim billing system to replace Social Service Payment System for 40,000 in-home workers in Washington State


BOSTON, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 1, 2016 PCG Public Partnerships, LLC., and Washington State will implement a new billing and payroll system for individual in-home personal care and respite Medicaid claims. The system, called Individual Provider One (IPOne), is an online, electronic system designed to make claims easier for providers. It will also comply with federal laws as well as the requirements of the SEIU collective bargaining requirement for bi-monthly payments. This system will replace the Social Service Payment System (SPSS) currently in use which serves about 40,000 in home providers. [More]


PCG Public Partnerships, LLC Multi-Lingual Call Center Now Open in Seattle, Washington


Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact SOURCE PCG Public Partnerships, LLC Providing payroll services to nearly 40,000 in-home providers BOSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PCG Public Partnerships, LLC, opened its new SeaTac Multi-Lingual / Multi-Cultural Call Center on November 2, 2015. This center supports the upcoming Washington State Department of Social and Health Services self-direction program, Individual Provider One (IPOne), which will launch in March of 2016. This program will provide payroll services in support of nearly 40,000 in-home providers. The SeaTac call center is currently available to support providers as they learn to use the Individual Provider One System. [More]


Culturally Relevant Curriculum - Adriana Villavicencio, PhD, Deputy Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, New York University


Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is Deputy Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, Adjunct Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is Deputy Director at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In this role, Dr. Villavicencio helps to shape the Research Alliance’s research agenda, and works to enhance relationships with external partners and key stakeholders. She also leads the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among NYC’s Black and Latino young men. Dr. Villavicencio has conducted several studies documenting practices in successful schools, including “turnaround” middle schools and the City’s small high schools of choice. [More]


CMS expands funding for health information technology


On February 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a bulletin expanding the availability of 90 percent Federal financial participation (FFP) on state Medicaid administrative expenditures to promote the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). With this funding increase, CMS seeks to address the need for improved patient care coordination and care transitions across a wide range of services (e.g., acute, chronic, behavioral health, long term care, etc.), using system-wide health information exchange (HIE) technology solutions. [More]


CMS expands funding for services provided to Native Americans


On February 26, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a bulletin expanding the availability of 100 percent Federal financial participation (FFP) on state Medicaid expenditures for services received through Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities. The CMS bulletin states that 100 percent FFP will be available for IHS facility services as well as services authorized under written care coordination agreements between IHS facilities and non-IHS providers enrolled in Medicaid. [More]

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Student Voice and Mentoring - Brenda Manuel, Director of Involvement, Development, and Empowerment, Los Angeles Unified School District


Interview with Dr. Brenda Manuel: Director, Student Empowerment, Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Brenda Manuel is Director of Student Involvement Development and Empowerment (SIDE) Unit of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Manuel has held a range of positions in LAUSD. For over ten years, Dr. Manuel served as the assistant principal of three secondary schools. For the next four years, as the Elementary Literacy Coordinator, she assisted teachers and schools to improve reading instruction by using data and to address the needs of students who are learning English. During five years as a principal at 112th Street Elementary School, she raised standardized test scores, built collaborative school teams, and served as a role model for students and teachers. While at that campus, she also encouraged relationships with community organizations and local businesses, to provide additional services and resources to students, their families, and school personnel. [More]