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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PCG's Tony Brown selected for SXSWedu Advisory Board

 

Tony Brown (PCG Principal, Asheville) was selected to join the Advisory Board for the 2016 SXSWedu conference, which takes place in Austin, Texas from March 7-10, 2016. SXSWedu is a component of the South by South West (SXSW) family of annual conferences, which collectively draw about 90,000 registrants and over 400,000 attendees.  [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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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]