TC wins strategic IV&V Michigan contract

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was awarded a contract with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services for the Michigan Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) Cloud Enablement and Migration Project. [More]

 

Celebrations Held for 50th anniversary for Medicare and Medicaid

 

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, a number of celebrations were held in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) facilities and elsewhere to mark the 50th anniversary for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. [More]

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Celebrations Held for 50th anniversary for Medicare and Medicaid

 

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, a number of celebrations were held in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) facilities and elsewhere to mark the 50th anniversary for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. [More]

 

HHS finalizes new rules on Medicare payments to nursing facilities

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules in the Federal Register on August 4, 2015 to update its Medicare skilled nursing facility prospective payment system (SNF PPS) and quality reporting program (SNF QRP). The new rules are effective October 1, 2015. [More]

 

HHS outlines multi-pronged strategy to help individuals with substance use disorders

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to state Medicaid directors on July 27, 2015 encouraging states to pursue demonstration waivers to improve services for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). These may include waivers of the longstanding “institution for mental diseases” (IMD) exclusion and other federal Medicaid rules. [More]

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Children and families legislative updates

 

Since the beginning of the 114th Congress, many bills have been drafted, a few have been introduced on either the House or Senate floor, and to date, no legislation has been actually passed. The legislation listed below reflect several themes of growing concern but none that have reached the level of attention for a hearing to be held. Continuous monitoring of these bills will be reported. [More]

 

HHS Proposes New Medicare/Medicaid Standards for Long Term Care Facilities

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on July 16, 2015 which would update Medicare/Medicaid certification requirements for long term care facilities (LTCFs). The proposed rule offers the most comprehensive update in these requirements since 1991. [More]

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HHS and USDA Issue Additional Guidance on Eligibility Integration

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a joint letter on July 20, 2015 to directors of state health and human services, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and health insurance Exchanges, about a limited exception to OMB A-87 cost allocation requirements for integrated eligibility systems serving multiple programs. [More]

 

GAO Report Cites Medicaid Challenges

 

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report to a health care subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 8, 2015, entitled, “Medicaid: Overview of Key Issues Facing the Program.” Medicaid serves over 70 million persons and program costs now exceed $508 billion ($304 billion federal, $204 billion state funds in fiscal 2014). The GAO report addresses access to care, transparency and oversight, program integrity, and federal financing issues under the program. [More]

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HHS Proposes Medicare Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Program

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on July 10, 2015 which would update Medicare payment methods and rates under the home health prospective payment system, update home health quality reporting requirements, and launch the home health value-based purchasing (HH VBP) model beginning in January 2016. [More]