Various media report that in a blog posted on Monday, December 17, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 18 states will set up their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]
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Boston, MA, October, 2012 – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has awarded a contract to PCG Human Services’ early childhood consulting team to conduct a market rate survey of child care providers across the Commonwealth. The survey will help the EEC to evaluate the adequacy of its rates for the purpose of demonstrating equal access to child care for low income families. PCG Human Services conducted the EEC’s previous market rate survey. [More]
Boston, MA, September, 2012 – The City of Lawrence, Massachusetts has awarded PCG Education a contract to implement its EasyIEP™ special education management system in the Lawrence Public Schools. Lawrence is the 4th largest urban district in MA and the project will involve unique language translation challenges. [More]
On July 31, 2012, the Massachusetts legislature, at the end of its current session, passed a first-of its kind overall health care cost control measure in the hope of saving billions of dollars over the next 15 years. Governor Deval Patrick is expected to sign the bill into law. [More]
On June 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $772 million in grants for health care innovation projects under a $1 billion competitive grant program authorized by section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HHS announced 81 grant awards for projects that applicants estimate may achieve savings of nearly $1.7 billion over 3 years by deploying interventions tailored to the needs of high-risk patients with physical and behavioral health conditions. [More]
On June 18, 2012, a joint request for bids was issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Integrated Care Organizations (ICOs) to participate in an 1115A Demonstration program to integrate the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid services for adults ages 21 to 64 who are eligible for both programs (“Dual Eligibles”). [More]
On May 23, 2012, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and congressional leaders released statements announcing approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of $628 million to support a plan for improving care and lowering costs at 7 hospitals that treat many of the state’s most indigent citizens. The statements indicate that the funding will be used to develop integrated care programs, alternative payment methods, and speed the transition to electronic medical records. [More]
On May 17, the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2260, which seeks to improve quality of care and reduce overall health costs in the Commonwealth through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation. The legislation aims to reduce Massachusetts health costs by $150 billion over 15 years. It passed the Senate on a 35-2 vote. It contains wellness, preventive care, care coordination, global payment, and medical malpractice reform provisions comparable but not identical to the House bill (H. 4070) introduced on May 4. [More]
Boston, MA, May, 2012 – Cambridge Public Schools has awarded PCG Education a contract to implement a Response to Intervention-Academic (RtI-A) module, to be integrated with the school district’s existing EasyIEP™ system. The project aims to provide systematic assistance to children who are having difficulty learning. The district will begin tracking student progress through the system at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Boston, MA, May, 2012 – The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission awarded PCG Human Services a contract to conduct an internal controls review. PCG will review procedures, analyzing the policies in place in similar agencies in MA and other states, and then help to develop enhanced controls and processes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.