From the monthly archives:

January 2012

National Council Releases Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing Health IT Meaningful Use Payments

Many behavioral health organizations across the country are beginning to access federal incentive payments for the meaningful use of health information technology, including several National [...]

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CMS Publishes FAQ on Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor Program

According to new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors will not replace existing Medicaid program integrity contractors under [...]

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ACA 101: Vocabulary Primer

What is cost sharing and how will it change under health reform? What are health insurance exchanges and how will they affect me? How will [...]

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States File Brief Against Medicaid Expansion in Supreme Court Health Law Challenge

This week, the 26 states who have joined in a Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act filed a brief outlining their argument that [...]

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HHS Awards Bonuses to States for Enrollment of Children in Health Coverage

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $296 million to states for ensuring more children have health coverage. The performance bonus [...]

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FAQs Issued on Parity and Healthcare Reform

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at the Department of Health and Human Services has issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions about [...]

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Youth Health Insurance Enrollment Under the ACA Exceeding Expectations

In a recent article, Kaiser Health News (KHN) reported on how healthcare reform and its benefits are already well underway and exceeding expectations. An estimated [...]

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Five Health Policy Battles and Trends to Watch in 2012

1. Medicare Physician Pay Fix: In the last hours of its 2011 session, Congress enacted a short-term deal that postponed for two months a scheduled [...]

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Five Major Health Policy Successes of 2011

Despite what seemed like constant threats to Medicaid and behavioral health funding over the last year, our field was able to fend off the worst [...]

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National Council Members Featured in New Video on Behavioral Health IT

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a new video that explains the importance of federal funding for behavioral health information technology. The video [...]

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