The Bureau of Laboratory Services, Epidemiology and IT of the Houston Department of Health and Human Services has successfully made the switch from a paper-based to an electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) system. The new system will expedite reporting of notifiable diseases and medical conditions, such as HIV, hepatitis and meningococcal disease.
HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the State of Colorado, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department), to perform third party benefits coordination, as well as tort and casualty, post payment, and estate recovery services.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington will receive more than $181 million in grants to help implement the new health care law. The grants will help states establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Starting in 2014, Affordable Insurance Exchanges will help consumers and small businesses in every state to choose a private health insurance plan. These comprehensive health plans will ensure consumers have the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress. Including today’s awards, 34 states and the District of Columbia have received Establishment grants to fund their progress toward building Exchanges.
Beginning in January, 2014, the federal government will build a health insurance exchange for those states rearing against creating an HIX on their own, according to a guidance document HHS released Wednesday.
As the first in its four-part 2012 “Partnerships in Health” series, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in conjunction with WellPoint, Inc., hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable today highlighting WellPoint’s collaboration with IBM to apply Watson solutions to support clinical decision-making and improving the quality of patient care.
Development of state health insurance exchanges "is not for sissies," as the full enormity of the task is not realized until states do it -- neither, then, are the politics around it, and the fight is happening in the state legislatures' trenches.
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.
A new North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza supports a faster and more coordinated response to influenza pandemics in North America. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the plan jointly this week during the North American Leaders Summit as a way to enhance the health and safety of residents of all three nations.
ApeniMED, a leader in healthcare interoperability and Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) connectivity, today announced its certification as a Health Data Intermediary (HDI) by the Minnesota Department of Health.
HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the Nevada Department of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP) to serve as the State’s Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC).
ACS, a Xerox Company, has taken over management of the claims processing system for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. It’s the nation’s largest Medicaid program, serving 7.5 million people.
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 National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) Board of Trustees this week made recommendations in key policy areas that have the potential to significantly improve the lives of individuals with mental and additive disorders. The meeting (led by Board Chair Blair Stam, executive vice president, Signature Healthcare Services, Corona, CA) resulted in Board actions and discussion around three issues.
New data released today by Health and Human Services shows that the Affordable Care Act has extended health insurance to a substantial number of racial and ethnic minorities nationwide. The health care reform law allows young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans through age 26.