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OH: SARTA Launches MedLine Transportation Services for People with Medicaid Waivers

To continue to meet the needs of the people of Stark County, SARTA has recently launched its new MedLine Transportation Services.

Webcast: What’s Next? The ACA and Ryan White in a Post-Enrollment Environment

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will co-host a webcast, “What’s Next? The Affordable Care Act and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in a Post-Enrollment Environment.” The webcast is scheduled for 2:00pm to 3:00pm (EDT) and will review steps to take in working...

How much Medicare pays doctors requires context

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a massive amount of information regarding how much money it paid out to individual doctors. For the policy nerds out there, here is the original data.  For everyone else, here is a simple way to look up how much your own doctor made. I decided to search for myself [...]

Statement from American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Regarding Release by Provider Utilization and Payment Data

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the data set, the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (Physician and Other Supplier PUF), with information on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Can Data Make Medicare Healthier?

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made public a huge amount of Medicare payment data. Prior to the release, Nicholas Bagley explained what the information entails: CMS will publicly release comprehensive data on physician billing practices in Medicare, including information about specific, identifiable doctors. Show More Summary

Everything you need to know about today’s unprecedented Medicare pricing data dump

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a huge cache of information on Medicare billing practices. Read The Washington Post's main story here, and check out the data here. Here's a rundown of what information was released and what it means. We'll update this post during the day. What data did Medicare just publish? […]

Buy Centene For Strong Upside

ByRohan Mulgaonkar: Company Share Price (4/4/2014) Target Share Price Centene $59.63 $72.00 Company Overview Centene Corporation (CNC) is a diversified healthcare services company that operates primarily in the Medicaid Managed Care and Specialty Services segments. Show More Summary

Special Minority Health Month Webinar Series

Please join: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care (HRSA BPHC)  Office of Minority Health (OMH) “I’m covered. What happens now?” For organizations that have been working to get uninsured Americans – including millions of racial and ethnic minorities – into affordable health coverage, the...

Not surprisingly, Medicaid expansion states have higher Medicaid enrollment

More than 3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program since the October, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today. This is the first time the Obama administration has reported actual enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP since the Oct. 1 start of enrollment. […]

Federal Agencies Update Eligible Hospital 2014 Clinical Quality Measures and Provide New Measure Development Testing Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are leveraging emerging health IT in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to improve the quality of care available to beneficiaries. Show More Summary

Utah already won a key Obamacare concession. Can it win another?

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is looking for a way to join the Medicaid expansion, and that could have national implications. Herbert, whose aides have been meeting with federal officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since last week, told local media yesterday that he hopes to have a deal in place with the […]

Everything we know about how Obamacare’s March 31 deadline works

Federal health officials say March 31 is still the deadline for enrolling in health coverage and that they're only making sure anyone who tried to apply by the deadline can get coverage. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had offered accommodations for previous monthly enrollment deadlines, so it's not surprising that the agency is […]

2015 Exchange changes

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rules for next year’s open enrollment last week. There are a couple of big rules that will have significant impact. Default Enrollment Options A QHP that was certified in 2014 and that is recertified in 2015 can maintain the same plan and HIOS identification [Read more...]

Florida Is Trying To Attract Foreign Patients Instead Of Extending Insurance To Its Own Residents

Florida lawmakers may spend millions to encourage more people to use health care services in the state. But that isn't an option for the residents who can't get Medicaid coverage. The post Florida Is Trying To Attract Foreign Patients Instead Of Extending Insurance To Its Own Residents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Lt. Governor Of Louisiana Sues Over Parody Campaign Targeting Governor's Policies

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Here comes IP law, being pressed into service as a censor once again. (h/t to Techdirt reader dave blevins) The state of Louisiana is suing for its billboard criticizing the state's Governor for his Medicaid policies. It uses the state's trademarked slogan ("Pick your passion!") as part of its commentary. Show More Summary

Obamacare: Insurance Companies Keep More Profits, Pay Less for Care?

The inquiring mind of Republican Tennessee Rep. Diane Black wants to know. As the Daily Caller reports, the HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “quietly introduced the new rule Friday, which relieves insurance companies of some of the damage about to be levied on them by Obamacare-related administrative costs.” In a letter to Human [...]

Castlight Health Vaults With A High Value IPO

By Sramana Mitra: According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, healthcare spending in the U.S. is projected to be worth $3.1 trillion this year, of which $620 billion is paid by U.S. employers. Despite this significant...Show More Summary

Texas Pediatrics Clinic Settles $3.75m Medicaid ‘Billing Error’ Case

An investigation by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently led to a $3.75 million settlement due to “a pattern of billing errors” with Medicaid patients by Texas-based Carousel Pediatrics, according to a recent state announcement. Show More Summary

Straight From the FTC: Why Any Willing Provider Laws Hike Costs

As I describe in Run Away: CMS Abandons Part D Preferred Pharmacy Network Changes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plan for wrecking Medicare Part D has been temporarily thwarted. CMS had proposed changes to the Any Willing Provider (AWP) provisions that would have effectively ended preferred pharmacy networks. Show More Summary

Standardized evaluation consent forms for living liver donors needed

New research reveals that 57% of liver transplant centers use living donor evaluation consent forms that include all the elements required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and 78% of centers addressed two-third or more of the items recommended by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN).

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