From the monthly archives:

August 2012

CMS Regional Teleconferences Will Provide Updates on Health Reform

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced it will hold 10 regional teleconferences from September 6th through the 14th to provide updates on [...]

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Connecticut Selects Traditional Medicaid as Benchmark for Expanded Medicaid

Connecticut will use its Medicaid program as the template for the essential benefits that must be covered by qualified health plans sold in the state [...]

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Massachusetts is First State to Receive CMS Approval for Medicaid-Medicare Care Coordination Plan

Massachusetts will become the first state to implement a demonstration project aimed at better coordinating healthcare services for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicaid [...]

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CMS Issues Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final rule on the criteria for meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use of health information technology. [...]

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Guidance on Analyzing and Estimating the Cost of Expanding Medicaid

This memo from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reviews the key elements that would comprise a reasonable estimate of the state cost of [...]

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CO-OPs: A New Way for Providers to Innovate and Deliver Health Care

With state health insurance exchanges set to go live in 2014, states are working hard to develop their exchanges’ infrastructure and establish regulations for insurance [...]

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“Medical Loss Ratio” Rule Goes Into Effect, Giving Consumers over $1 Billion in Savings

August 1st was the deadline for health insurers to issue rebates or premium credits to consumers if the insurer didn’t spend at least 80 percent [...]

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The Paul Ryan Budget Plan: What Does it Really Mean for Healthcare and Safety Net Programs?

With Mitt Romney’s announcement over the weekend that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan would be his vice presidential running mate, media attention has surged around Ryan’s [...]

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Coverage of Mental Health and Substance Use Services under the ACA

In 2008, Congress passed the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act, prohibiting certain insurance plans from imposing limitations on mental health and substance [...]

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A Rising Trend in Integrated Care Delivery: Accountable Care Organizations

The growth of Medicaid and its emergence as a universal insurance program for low-income Americans has put pressure on state Medicaid systems to keep costs [...]

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