Children’s Bureau and Office of Family Assistance release data sharing guidance

 

On September 21, 2015, the Children’s Bureau and the Office of Family Assistance, two offices of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), released an Information Memorandum (IM) that addressed the necessity of sharing data between the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare agencies. [More]

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Legislation introduced to support Medicaid coverage to aging out youth

 

The “Health Insurance Former Foster Youth Act of 2015” was introduced on October 5 by Congressional Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA) and Jim McDermott (D-WA), who are co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. The legislation will address a loophole in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regarding the portability of a youth’s Medicaid coverage. [More]

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Children’s Bureau and Office of Family Assistance release data sharing guidance

 

On September 21, 2015, the Children’s Bureau and the Office of Family Assistance, two offices of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), released an Information Memorandum (IM) that addressed the necessity of sharing data between the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare agencies. [More]

 

HHS finalizes rules on incentive payments for EHRs

 

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued final rules for “stage 3” criteria for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments. Eligible healthcare professionals, general hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet these criteria in 2018 in order to qualify for incentive payments for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. [More]

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The DQC reports on student data privacy legislation

 

In September 2015, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) issued a report on the status of state and federal student data privacy legislation. The report assesses and summarizes the national discussion surrounding the collection, use, management, and disclosure of student data and the legislative efforts to effectively use student data to facilitate learning while protecting student privacy. [More]

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GAO issues report on value-based purchasing

 

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an interim report to Congress on October 1, 2015 regarding the Medicare hospital value-based purchasing (HVBP) program. The report shows continuing year-to-year improvements in quality of care for the 3,000 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) hospitals participating in the HVBP program, but HVBP payment adjustments have not yet accelerated the rate of improvement. [More]

 

TC wins background check system work in Washington

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was awarded a new contract to provide quality assurance support to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) background check system project. [More]

 

ED and DOJ announce completion of the EL Tool Kit

 

On September 21, 2015, officials of the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) issued a joint press release to announce the completion of the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit. The Tool Kit is a companion to the EL Guidance released by ED and DOJ in January and contains resources to help educators support the academic success of ELs. [More]

 

U.S. House gains standing in ACA lawsuit against Administration

 

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the U.S. House of Representatives has standing to pursue a lawsuit against the Obama Administration for the alleged use of unappropriated funds to implement a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]

 

Medicaid/CHIP Enrollments Approach 72 Million

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an August 31, 2015 report examining the impact of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Reported data shows that 29 jurisdictions (28 States and the District of Columbia) which implemented Medicaid expansion under the ACA by June 2015 saw, on average, a 29.69 percent increase in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollments for June 2015 compared to their average monthly enrollments in the July through September 2013 baseline period. [More]