House Committee Approves NCLB Rewrite

 

In a February 11, 2015 press release, the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee announced its approval of a bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). According to the press release, the Republican-backed bill, called the Student Success Act, eliminates the current national accountability approach based on standardized student testing and returns the responsibility for measuring student performance to states and school districts. [More]

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AL Medicaid Agency Awards TC Significant Contract Amendment

 

The State of Alabama is leveraging both the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations and the A-87 exception to create a single centralized eligibility system to replace multiple antiquated less functional systems. This approach will lower costs to both the state and its federal partners while improving the experience for users as well as creating a more flexible, easily configurable system. This expanded effort for the AL eligibility system will impact 12 legacy systems. [More]

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CGCS Reports on Progress of SIG Schools

 

In a January 30, 2015 press release, the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) announced the release of its study on the progress of urban schools that were awarded grants under the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. SIG grants are intended to support turning around low-achieving schools. According to the CGCS study, approximately 70 percent of the urban SIG grantees have shown progress in school improvement over the past 3 years. [More]

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CMS Issues Bulletin to States Re: Medicare-Eligible Medicaid Enrollees

 

On January 23, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a bulletin to states entitled, “Enrollment and Retention Flexibilities to Better Serve Medicare-Eligible Medicaid Enrollees.” It is noted in the bulletin that when Medicaid enrollees in the new adult low-income group become eligible for Medicare, they lose eligibility for that category of Medicaid. [More]

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OMB Releases Proposed FY 2016 Budget

 

President Obama’s Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the President’s proposed federal fiscal year 2016 budget on February 2, 2015. The $4 trillion budget includes $944 billion for Social Security and $1.107 trillion for health care unrelated to veterans’ programs, including $589 billion for Medicare and $365 billion for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [More]

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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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