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.
Also in the Buckeye State, Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor appear to be at odds over establishing a state health insurance exchange, with Taylor referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as "this catastrophic law."
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.