From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Federal Guidance on Accountable Care Organizations Released

The Department of Health and Human Services today released its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on Medicare contracting with Accountable Care Organizations. The HHS rulemaking [...]

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CMS to Offer Two National Provider Calls about HIT Incentive Payments Registration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will hold two national teleconferences to provide information on registration for the health information [...]

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Sen. Whitehouse Circulates Dear Colleague Letter on Behavioral Health IT; Urge Your Senators to Cosponsor!

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who this month introduced the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.539), has circulated a letter to his colleagues in the Senate [...]

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Congressional Negotiators Continue to Debate 2011 Budget; Hints Emerge on Medicaid Budget Reforms in 2012

With an April 8 deadline for a government shutdown looming, congressional negotiators have not yet reached a compromise that would allow Congress to finally enact [...]

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Parity: Navigating the Appeals Process for Providers and Consumers

On Tuesday, March 29, from 3:30-5:00 pm eastern time, the National Council and the National Alliance on Mental Illness held the second webinar in our [...]

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Threats to Medicaid Materialize as Congress Begins Work on 2012 Budget, Additional Legislation

In the midst of an ongoing standoff over the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, Congress has begun work on its FY 2012 budget resolution. The budget [...]

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Senator Wyden Introduces the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2011

Today, Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 604), a bill that would establish Medicare coverage for marriage [...]

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Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Behavioral Health IT Bill; Ask Your Senators to Show Their Support!

Last week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) re-introduced the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011, a bill that would expand federal health information technology payments [...]

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A How To Guide: Partnering with Health Homes and ACOs

Welcome to our live webchat with guest bloggers Dale Jarvis and Laurie Alexander on partnering with health homes and accountable care organizations! On March 23, [...]

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How Will Health Reform Affect State Budgets?

As states continue to experience shortfalls as a result of the recession, some are arguing that health reform places an untenable burden on state budgets. [...]

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