The Accountable Care Organization approach is strong enough to withstand the Supreme Court overturning the the Affordable Care Act, the authors of a new report write, if only because the model has gained so much momentum.
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announced today that the University of Pennsylvania will receive $9,202,760 for healthcare innovation programs under the Affordable Care Act that are expected to generate an estimated $12.2 million in cost care savings over the next three years and improve outcomes for patients.
Molina Healthcare, Inc. has announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has upheld the protest filing of its Ohio health plan, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, and has recommended that Molina Healthcare of Ohio be awarded a Medicaid managed care provider agreement for coverage of the newly designated Central/Southeast, Northeast, and West regions. These three regions together represent the entire state of Ohio.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today joined JBJ Soul Foundation to announce the five finalists of Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless) during the Health Data Initiative Forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS).
MMRGlobal, Inc., which provides, among other things, online personal health records (PHR), has entered into an agreement with E-Mail Frequency, which provides targeted email delivery services across a range of demographics and industry sectors.
The leader of the nation’s largest wartime veterans organization is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a Pentagon budget draft that includes protections for military retirees who use TRICARE, the military’s health-care insurance program
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced its award of $72 million in financing for the new Michigan Consumers Healthcare CO-OP (MCHCO), a member-governed nonprofit health insurance company that will help to control costs while providing accessible healthcare for all residents.
Medsphere Systems Corporation and Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) today announced that MHMC has met Stage One Meaningful Use requirements using Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR). The Secaucus, New Jersey, hospital has received an initial reimbursement from the federal government that covers the five-year total cost of ownership for OpenVista.
With the debate on replacing the sequester taking center stage on Capitol Hill this week, the first independent analysis of how much U.S. seniors' Medicare-funded skilled nursing facility (SNF) care would be cut by mandated reductions under the Budget Control Act estimates SNF care (more commonly known as nursing home care) in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Massachusetts will suffer the largest Medicare cuts. Nationally, the analysis, finds the Medicare cuts will total $782.3 million, which would go into effect in January 2013.
Molina Healthcare, Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Molina Healthcare of California (MHC), has been selected by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to participate as an integrated health plan in California’s proposed demonstration project to provide healthcare services for beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare (dual-eligible beneficiaries) in San Diego County. In addition to San Diego County, Los Angeles County was also selected by DHCS for a dual-eligible demonstration project. MHC will participate in the Los Angeles County dual-eligible pilot program as a subcontracted health plan.
Novitas Solutions Inc., formerly Highmark Medicare Services and the current Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdiction 12 (J12), which covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C., announces it will begin implementing the Medicare Administrative Contract for Jurisdiction H (JH), which includes filling hundreds of new Pennsylvania-based jobs as well as jobs outside of Pennsylvania. The specific number of new jobs available and their locations will be announced as soon as possible.
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Under former Gov. Jim Florio, New Jersey attempted to reform its insurance markets without imposing an individual mandate. The outcome in that state offers reasons why supporters say the mandate is necessary if the federal health law is to achieve its goals.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MD DHMH) awarded CSC (NYSE: CSC) a contract to replace the state’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) and provide fiscal agent services for selected DHMH programs. The contract has a five-year base period with three two-year options, bringing the estimated total value to $297 million.
The Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it will partner with Text4Baby, a free national health texting service, to promote enrollment in both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provide pregnant women and new mothers free text messages on important health care issues.
ADP® today announced the acquisition of privately-held PhyLogic Healthcare, a highly-respected Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) company that has served small- and mid-size U.S. medical practices since 2001. The ADP medical office software division, ADP AdvancedMD®, a provider of leading cloud practice management, electronic health record, medical scheduling, and billing applications, now offers outsourced medical billing services to practices seeking to improve revenue and offload costly and complex medical claims processing.