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5/5/16 - Colombia,United States : WellCare reminds South Carolina Medicaid Members to renew their Eligibility [TendersInfo (India)]
Recognizing that health insurance can make a striking difference in the quality of life for children and their families, WellCare of South Carolina, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc, is reminding South Carolina Medicaid recipients that they are required to renew their Medicaid eligibility for themselves and their children every year.
5/5/16 - County Medicare outlook improves
At their April 26 meeting in LaBelle, county commissioners received an update on their Healthy Hendry Health Coaching Program, a pilot project that engages with Medicaid patients at area facilities including Hendry Regional, Florida Community Health Center and others. A report to the National Association of Counties on Hendry's pilot program result
5/5/16 - Native care gets boost from federal funds under Medicaid reform legislation [Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage]
May 04 Improving Alaska Native access to healthcare is a key result of the Medicaid reform bill now awaiting the governor's signature. The omnibus healthcare and Medicaid reform bill has been one of the few items to survive a contentious and grueling 2016 legislative session, passing both chambers and only awaiting Walker's signature to put its d
5/5/16 - Optum teams with Medecision, TriZetto on New Offering to Streamline States' Medicaid Management Information Systems [Global Data Point]
The Optum services-based solution and the CMS rule-change now enable state Medicaid agencies to avoid the unwieldy IT implementation processes that accompany massive end-to-end MMIS system installations, and concentrate on their primary mission of improving the health outcomes of their beneficiaries- a goal that is becoming increasingly critical as
5/5/16 - Senate approves more money, expanded Medicaid for Flint [Detroit Free Press]
May 04 LANSING The Legislature on Wednesday wrapped up approval of a $4.4- million appropriation to expand Medicaid coverage for up to 15,000 people in Flint. The money will be used to expand Medicaid coverage to all people younger than 21 and to pregnant women who might have been exposed to the lead-contaminated water in Flint. About 15,000 Fl
5/5/16 - United States Recovers over $8 Million in False Claims Act Settlements for Fraud Against the VA and Medicare
PORTLAND, Ore. United States Attorney Billy J. Williams announced that Holiday Acquisition Corp. and Fortress Investment Group, LLC agreed to pay $8.86 million to resolve alleged False Claims Act violations for submitting false claims to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to qualify veterans or a surviving spouse of a veteran for mo
5/4/16 - Atrium Health & Senior Living Announces Three of its Centers Awarded a Five-Star CMS Rating
"We are so proud to announce that Atrium of Hamilton, Atrium of Lancaster and Atrium of Marshfield have been awarded Five-Star Ratings from CMS," said Kevin Breslin, managing member, Atrium Health& Senior Living. Atrium Post Acute Care of Hamilton, Lancaster and Marshfield boast a number of premium features, such as best-in-class rehabilitation equ
5/4/16 - BP, Medicaid bill dies in road funding fight [Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.]
May 04 A bill that could have helped shore up the state's Medicaid program got caught in a fight over road funding Tuesday and suffered a mortal blow. The bill would have split the proceeds between state debt payment and coastal road projects, and freed up money for Medicaid. The move imperils a proposed solution for the state's Medicaid program,
5/4/16 - BP, Medicaid bill imperiled over road funding fight [Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.]
May 04 A bill that could provide major support for Medicaid appeared to be on its deathbed Tuesday afternoon due to a fight over the allocation of road money. The legislation, which would split an estimated $639 million payment over the 2010 oil spill, passed the House Thursday and needed to pass a Senate committee to stay alive. The bill would h
5/4/16 - Brownback ends Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood [The Kansas City Star]
May 04 Kansas will cut off Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood starting next week, and officials with the group declared they would fight the decision. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter two weeks ago to state Medicaid directors affirming that Medicaid recipients have a "free choice of provider. "Providing the
5/4/16 - Bucshon, Dold Introduce Legislation to Stop CMS Medicare Experiment
"When the federal government created the Medicare program half a century ago, Congress made a commitment to America's seniors, and it's a commitment that must be upheld," Reps. "We cannot allow unelected DC bureaucrats to run an experiment with Medicare beneficiaries that could disrupt care for the people who need medications most, including those
5/4/16 - Commissioner: Failure of BP bill imperils Ala. Medicaid [Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.]
The commissioner of the Medicaid agency, which covers more than 20 percent of Alabamians and plays a major role in keeping hospitals and primary care providers open, said the failure of the bill made significant cuts to services more likely. Medicaid will have to discuss the proposed cuts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which administer
5/4/16 - Commissioner: Medicaid cuts likely after BP bill fails [Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.]
The commissioner of the Medicaid agency, which covers more than 20 percent of Alabamians and plays a major role in keeping hospitals and primary care providers open, said the failure of the bill made significant cuts to services more likely. Medicaid will have to discuss the proposed cuts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid which administers
5/4/16 - Emergency Clearance: Public Information Collection Requirements Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on an information collection concerning CMS' Healthy Indiana Program 2.0 Beneficiaries Survey. Most importantly, it would potentially cause significant harm by depriving Medicaid beneficiariesespecially those affected by the NEMT waiverof
5/4/16 - Hatch to Hold Hearing on Social Security and Medicare Trustees Nominations
WASHINGTON- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch will convene a hearing on Wednesday, May 11, to consider two Social Security and Medicare Trustees nominations. *The Honorable Charles P. Blahous III, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund for a term of four years, Member of the Boa
5/4/16 - HHS approves major Medicaid expansion for Flint
FLINT, Mich., March 3, 2016: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services has approved the state of Michigan's 1115 demonstration to extend Medicaid coverage and services to Flint residents impacted by the lead exposure. In recognition of the public health crisis in Flint, it is a top p
5/4/16 - HHS Issues Notice on Information Collection for Healthy Indiana Program Beneficiaries Survey
WASHINGTON, May 4 The Department of Health and Human Services published the following notice in the Federal Register from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services:. A Notice by the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services on 05/04/2016. The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on an info
5/4/16 - Idaho ex-inmates to see little benefit from Medicaid change [The Idaho Statesman]
May 03 The Obama administration has announced efforts to make sure inmates have Medicaid coverage when they are released, including those in halfway houses. Because Idaho lawmakers have not expanded Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults without dependent children, most former inmates in Idaho likely would fall into the " Medicaid gap," a spok
5/4/16 - ImmunID Receives CLIA Certification from the US Centers for Medicare %7E Medicaid Services [Global Data Point]
Under CMS, the CLIA program regulates laboratories that perform testing on patient specimens from the United States to ensure accurate and reliable test results.&# x0D;. The CLIA certification allows ImmunID to begin receiving and testing specimens from the United States with the ImmunTraCkeR Dx assay.&# x0D;. "We are proud to be the first Fren
5/4/16 - Kansas cuts off Medicaid payments for Planned Parenthood
The state Department of Health and Environment sent a letter Tuesday to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, saying that the organization was being terminated as a provider under the state's Medicaid program as of next week, agency spokeswoman Cassie Sparks said. Federal courts have blocked attempts to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned
5/4/16 - Medicaid providers, consumers rally at Capitol to protest cuts
OKLAHOMA CITY- A few hundred Medicaid providers and consumers rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday to oppose additional cuts to the program. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state's Medicaid agency, has proposed cuts of up to 25 percent. Ed Lake, director of the state Department of Human Services, said the potential impact of cuts to the Medica
5/4/16 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities
SUMMARY: This final rule will amend the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices which provide inpatient services, religious non-medical health care..
5/4/16 - Medigap enrollment rises 6.5% [LifeHealthPro]
Use of Medicare supplement insurance policies increased in 2015, but the average amount of premium each enrollee paid fell. Analysts at Mark Farrah Associates have published data supporting those conclusions in a brief based on financial reports insurers filed with state insurance regulators. Mutual of Omaha, Aetna and Health Care Service Corp. cov
5/4/16 - More than 300 Oklahomans rally at Capitol to tell state lawmakers that 'Medicaid matters' [The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City]
May 04 Lori Wathen wants her son to live as independently as possible when he turns 18, going to college, having friends and getting a job he likes. Reis has Down syndrome, and thanks to the state Medicaid program, a habilitative training specialist comes to his house after school each week to help him learn the skills he needs for an independent
5/4/16 - National Medicare Supplement Insurance Conference Sets Attendance Record
Over 650 individuals attended the just-held National Medicare Supplement Insurance Summit, the eighth national symposium organized by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance.
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