CHERRY HILL, N.J., November 13, 2014 ─ Destination Imagination (DI), an educational non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning Challenges, today announced its partnership with PCG Education to advance project-based learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the U.S. [More]
PCG Technology Consulting (TC) has teamed with Stewards of Change (SOC) to conduct a feasibility study for the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). MHSOAC's charge is to determine whether California's implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) is meeting the legislation's goals of improving the mental health of California residents through effective prevention, intervention, and treatment of mental illness and, if not, to recommend solutions.
Beginning in early November, the joint PCG TC / SOC project team will focus on reviewing the current state of the existing MHSA client and services data-collection and analysis systems; clearly define stakeholder information needs; present recommendations for improving the current systems and data infrastructure; and initiate the state and federal funding process required to implement those recommendations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two funding opportunity announcements on the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) on October 23, 2014. The two announcements describe opportunities for applicants to compete for up to $840 million in federal funding under cooperative agreements with CMS over a May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2019 performance period. Applicants may seek funding under cooperative agreements as Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) or as Support and Alignment Networks (SANs). [More]
On November 5, 2014, Politico Pro distributed a series of posts scrutinizing the impact of the November 4 election results on Democrats, teachers unions, and education initiatives. Based on the election results, Democrats have lost control of the U.S. Senate, giving Republicans control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate for the 114th Congress, which begins in January. Republicans will take leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) responsible for promoting education legislation in the Senate. In addition to significant losses in Congressional races, Democrats lost key gubernatorial and state house races, all of which could be problematic for the continuation of education reform initiatives promoted by the Obama Administration. [More]
An October 29, 2014 Education Week article addresses the conflict between proponents of student data collection and advocates of student privacy. Proponents of data collection stress the importance of the use of innovative data collection technology to facilitate personalized learning for all students. Privacy advocates express concerns that third-party vendors, collecting data on behalf of education agencies, obtain access to student data without appropriate restrictions on the use and retention of the data. [More]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the October 23, 2014 Federal Register a proposed Notice (79 Fed. Reg. 63363) which would establish the methodology the agency intends to utilize to determine federal payments under the Basic Health Program (BHP) in 2016. Pursuant to Section 1331 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states can elect to operate a BHP, which would provide affordable health coverage to individuals under age 65 with household incomes between 133% and 200% of the federal poverty level who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid, CHIP, or affordable employer-sponsored coverage. [More]
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released an October 2014 report to Congress which describes progress toward the development of a nationwide system for the electronic use and exchange of health information. The report shows that, as of June 2014, 75 percent (over 403,000) of the nation’s eligible health professionals and 92 percent (over 4,500) of eligible hospitals had received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). [More]
On October 22, 2014, POLITICO Pro reported that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) clarified that, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a parent has the right to view his/her child’s education records maintained in a state longitudinal data system (SLDS). ED addressed the issue in a July 28 letter to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) in response to NDE’s inquiry about a parent’s request to view student data maintained in NDE’s SLDS. [More]
On October 10, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a decision of a lower federal court and held that a Florida statute requiring a plaintiff to execute a written authorization form for release of protected health information prior to filing a negligence claim in Florida state court does not violate HIPAA. (GLEN MURPHY v. DULAY, No. 13-14637). [More]
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research published a landmark study on October 17, 2014 entitled, “Increased Service Use Following Medicaid Expansion Is Mostly Temporary: Evidence from California’s Low-Income Health Program.” UCLA analyzed hospital emergency room (ER) use, hospital inpatient admissions, and other hospital outpatient department (OPD) service utilization for individuals who were enrolled in 2011-2013 in the Low-Income Health Program (LIHP) under California’s innovative “Bridge to Reform” Medicaid demonstration waiver. UCLA sorted 182,443 LIHP enrollees in eight counties into four distinct groups based on expected “pent-up demand” in each group (the 69,095 in the highest group had the least access to county funded indigent care before enrolling in LIHP), controlled for other differences such as demographic variables using regression models, and tracked service utilization from the July 1 – September 30, 2011 quarter through the April 1 – June 30, 2013 quarter. [More]