AUGUSTA, Maine Abortion providers and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state on Tuesday in a bid to overturn a longstanding rule limiting low-income women's access to a state-funded abortion. The lawsuit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was filed Tuesday morning in Cumberland County Superior
Release date- 23112015- Cigna, a leading provider of employer-sponsored group health plans in the state and across the U.S., has begun offering a Medicare Advantage health plan in Kansas City for the 2016 Medicare open enrollment period. Customers who enroll in Cigna's Medicare Advantage plan, which has a $0 premium, will have access to care provid
Nov. 24 It matters a lot that the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce now favors expansion of KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid program, even though the endorsement has some conditions. Kansas so far has failed to join the 30 states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Chamber lobbyist Jason Watkins told the Kansas Heal
Nov. 23 As Rhonda Shouse sat listening in on a disorderly phone call with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nov. 10 that had hundreds of Medicaid recipients and advocates on the line all speaking over one another in the hopes to have their complaints heard and who were periodically put on mute by the moderator she had one thou
FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Nov. 24, 2015/ PRNewswire-iReach/ Lakeland Home Care, an LB Homes agency, announced today that they have received a four star quality of patient care rating by Medicare. LB Homes uses this technology in a service called "LB Homes Connect" to provide top-notch care to remote clients. Telehealth, telemedicine, and medication ad
Medicare Program; Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model for Acute Care Hospitals Furnishing Lower Extremity Joint Replacement Services. SUMMARY: This final rule implements a new Medicare Part A and B payment model under section 1115 A of the Social Security Act, called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, in which ac
Nov. 23 The Obama administration has warned Texas officials that they might have broken federal law when they moved to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood last week. State health department Inspector General Stuart Bowen's push to oust Planned Parenthood from Medicaid "may be in conflict with federal law," officials with the Centers for Me
Nov. 24 DES MOINES Iowa's human services agency chief said Monday the state remains on track to implement plans to convert its $5 billion Medicaid system to a managed care network effective Jan. 1. He said privatization of Medicaid services should create a system that is more sustainable, predictable and better serves participants while saving
Nov. 24 A lawsuit claiming state agencies failed to seek competitive bids for West Virginia's Medicaid program despite a law requiring such action was settled Friday when the Department of Health and Human Resources agreed to start the competitive bidding process in 2017.. Under the agreement, DHHR will submit all Medicaid managed care contracts
Medicare already doesn't cover the cheapest device for post-cancer lymphedema, an elastic compression wrap or garment. Medicare officials could not offer a comment for this story, but the clinical community has long debated what is the best way to apply compression to the skin to treat lymphedema, whether through machines, garments, therapists' han
NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 24, 2015/ PRNewswire/ WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, today announced that the New York Department of Health has approved WellCare of New York, Inc.' s expansion of its Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus programs. The ex
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment RequestReview of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/ Medicaid Eligibility Technology Integration. Comments may be sent to: Sasha Gersten-Paal, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 812, Alexandria, VA 22302.
Oscar Molina announced that his practice, Atlas Chiropractic, is now accepting Medicare. All Medicare recipients with Part B are covered; patients may still be responsible for the cost of secondary testing or services ordered by the chiropractor, including X-rays. Dr. Molina says he works closely with each patient to ensure they receive appropriate
Deductibles are going up, "said Tricia Neuman, a Medicare expert with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The cost for the hepatitis drugs in the Medicare program is expected to be $9.2 billion this year, nearly doubling from 2014. Three out of four adults infected with hepatitis C are baby boomers, the group now entering Medicare.
WASHINGTON With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. Deductibles are going up, "said Tricia Neuman, a Medicare expert with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette.
Cigna, a leading provider of employer-sponsored group health plans in the state and across the U.S., has begun offering a Medicare Advantage health plan in Kansas City for the 2016 Medicare open enrollment period. The new offering represents an expansion of Cigna's product and clinical collaboration capabilities already in Missouri. Our Medicare
ExamWorks Group, Inc., a leading provider of independent medical examinations, peer reviews, bill reviews, Medicare compliance services, case management services, and other related services, today announced the acquisition of the business and assets of Argent Rehabilitation Services and Argent Investigation Services for an all cash purchase price
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 23, 2015/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, has signed a new agreement with BayCare Health System in the Tampa Bay region. With the expanded agreement, BlueMedicare Preferred HMO members in Pinellas County can take advantage of BayCare's renowned health services at Morton P
Nov. 23 Barbara Torrisi received an unpleasant surprise when she reviewed her Medicare Advantage insurance policy and learned the copay for one of her prescriptions would increase, costing her an additional $680 next year. With more than a dozen plans to choose from in Lackawanna County, she wasn't sure she'd make the right choice. She turned to
Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Texas plans to kick Planned Parenthood out of the state's Medicaid program by Dec. 8. Planned Parent
Nov. 23 Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to halt Texas efforts to remove the organization from Medicaid. The lawsuit, filed in Austin on behalf of 10 unnamed Medicaid patients who have received contraceptives and health services from Planned Parenthood, said Texas lacked the authority to remove the organization from the f
Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday in hopes of saving Medicaid funding to the organization's family planning clinics across the state. The lawsuit follows the decision by state health officials last month to cut off any Medicaid money administered by the state for patients who receive cancer screenings, HIV
AUSTIN, Texas Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over attempts to block Medicaid dollars, beginning another courtroom fight between the nation's largest abortion provider and a Republican-controlled state.
Medicare beneficiaries were 57 percent less likely to receive prescriptions that may cause potential health risks as a result of a pilot program developed by Prime Therapeutics, one of its health plan clients, and CoverMyMeds, the nation's largest electronic prior authorization platform. The program addresses the issue of high-risk medicines for