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]

 

TC awarded cyber security contract with Washington State DOH

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was recently awarded a contract with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to provide expert level cyber security analysis and oversight services during the development of a system for registration of medical marijuana patients. [More]

 

Legislation to watch as Congress reconvenes next week

 

Several important pieces of legislation seeking child welfare finance reform were introduced during the first year of the 114th Congress. With Congress officially reconvening on Monday, January 11, 2016, for the second year of the 114th Congress, here are legislation updates and bills to watch in the coming year. [More]

 

Congress includes ACA tax delays in Omnibus spending legislation

 

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a spending and tax package that will potentially keep the Federal Government operating through September 2016, but contains three significant Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax delays. [More]

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CMMI announces AHC grant opportunities

 

On January 5, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) soliciting grant applications to test whether identifying health-related social service needs and promoting delivery of services to meet those needs can help reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. [More]

 

CMS releases Quality Measure Development Plan

 

On December 18, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft Quality Measure Development Plan authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The draft plan outlines a framework to address gaps in Medicare quality measures under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-based Payment Modifier (VM), and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) payment incentive programs. [More]

 

Accountability under ESSA under scrutiny

 

A January 7, 2016 Education Week article reviews the potential impact of the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on public school accountability. Under ESSA, states and school districts have more flexibility in measuring school and student progress and determining the interventions to turn around low-performing schools. [More]

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Charter school principals share professional development predictions for 2016

 

PCG Education partnered with the Florida Department of Education in 2014 to design a professional development resource for the principals of the state’s more than 600 Charter Schools. Three of those charter school principals shared their professional development predictions for 2016 in a piece they wrote for “SmartBlog on Education” on December 28. [More]

 

PCG's top health trends to look for in 2016

 

Year end is a time of reflection, and a time to plan for what’s to come. Here at PCG, our Health team has much to be proud of in 2015: we helped more than 40 states develop and implement health care reform and Medicaid policy that will impact millions of Medicaid members nationwide. And so we look ahead to 2016, and PCG Health’s leadership sees a few trends that we are keeping an eye one that we think will impact the Medicaid healthcare system in 2016, and for years to come. [More]

 

ESSA includes support for public school libraries

 

According to a December 17, 2015 Special Ed Connection article, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Obama on December 10, provides new support for public school libraries. Under ESSA, librarians are added to the definition of specialized instructional support personnel when involved in student assessments, diagnoses, therapy, and other related services as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. [More]