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1/30/15 - Outdoor Advertising Ship Medicare Billboards [TendersInfo (India)]
Tenders are invited for Outdoor Advertising Shiip Medicare Billboards Bid Opening Date: 2/ 13/ 2015 Bid Opening Time: 02:00 PM ET Major organization: STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA Address: 1201 Mail Service Center City: Raleigh, Nc 27699-1201 Attn: Wendy Holland Country: United States Email: Tender notice number: 12-0010099 Notice
1/30/15 - Trans-Star to pay $948,000 for Medicare billing practices [The Floyd County Times, Prestonburg, Ky.]
Jan. 29 PRESTONSBURG Trans-Star Ambulance Service will pay $948,000 as a settlement to the federal government, after allegations surfaced that they were transporting Medicare patients when an ambulance was not needed. Trans-Star has negotiated the settlement, but will not admit any liability in the case. According to a Trans-Star press release,
1/29/15 - County officials struggling to make MNsure system work [Star Tribune (Minneapolis)]
Counties use MNsure to enroll low-income Minnesotans in the Medicaid health insurance program. Chuck Johnson of the state Department of Human Services said the connections between the MNsure enrollment system for health insurance and computer systems for other assistance programs such as food stamps haven't been improved yet because there have been
1/29/15 - EDITORIAL: The Thursday wrap [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Christine M. Tartaglione, D- Philadelphia, must believe in fewer entry-level jobs, denying unskilled workers the opportunity to learn how to work and making ever thinner the already thin margins on which so many businesses operate. Indiana's Mike Pence has become the latest Republican governor to succumb to ObamaCare's state expansion of Medicaid.
1/29/15 - ExamWorks Schedules Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call
ExamWorks Group, Inc. announced today that the Company will release fourth quarter 2014 earnings on Wednesday, February 18 th after the market close. ExamWorks Group, Inc. is a leading provider of independent medical examinations, peer reviews, bill reviews, Medicare compliance, case management, and related services. Statements made in this press
1/29/15 - Indiana Medicaid expansion may tempt other GOP-led states [National Iraqi News Agency (Iraq)]
Mike Pence to expand Medicaid under the president s health law should help sway reluctant Republican officials in other states because it imposes new costs on poor adults, promotes healthy behaviors and relies on financing from smokers and hospitals instead of state taxpayers, health experts say. Pence, a potential GOP presidential candidate in
1/29/15 - Indiana Medicaid plan sparks talk, but key Fla. leaders still oppose [The Palm Beach Post, Fla.]
Jan. 29 ORLANDO - The "landscape may be changing" on expanding Medicaid in light of the federal government's approval of an Indiana plan that supporters say features conservative principles, a Florida legislative chairman said at an insurance summit Wednesday. But in Tallahassee, the ground seemed pretty firm under House Speaker Steve Crisafulli,
1/29/15 - Memphis hospitals prepare for Medicare reform [The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.]
U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell now says that day will arrive by next year, when the federal government will base 30 percent of its Medicare payments on quality and cost. If divided among every resident of Shelby County, Medicare in 2012 cost $10,080 per person, or almost $9.5 billion, federal data shows. In Memphis, Medi
1/29/15 - Mental health therapist who fraudulently billed state gets 3 years probation, must repay $13,250 [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.]
Adrienne Leigh Isgrigg had worked for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Milwaukie clinic for about 18 months before she was fired by the nonprofit in September 2013. Cascadia repaid Medicaid and other insurers for Isgrigg's fraud. She also must perform 160 hours of community service; get cognitive behavioral counseling, as directed by her probation.
1/29/15 - Modification/Amendment - FY2015 Solicitation - MEDICAID Nursing Homes
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs, Minneapolis VAMC, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Classification Code: Q- Medical services. Subject: FY2015 Solicitation- MEDICAID Nursing Homes.
1/29/15 - More States Lean Toward Medicaid Expansion []
Jan. 28 The federal government yesterday approved Indiana's plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, increasing the number of expansion states to 28, plus the District of Columbia. With enrollment starting Feb. 1, Indiana's plan could add an estimated 350,000 low-income adults to the nearly 5 million expected to enroll in the 27 sta
1/29/15 - NACDS Lauds Senate Bill to Open State-Approved Pharmacist Services to Medicare Patients
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate today would formally designate pharmacists as healthcare providers under Medicare Part B. Supported by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the bill would amend The Social Security Act of 1935 to enable pharmacists to provide to Medicare patients in underserved communities services that
1/29/15 - North Carolinians, more than 467,000 strong, sign up in federal marketplace [The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.]
Jan. 29 With about three weeks left to enroll, more than 467,500 North Carolina residents have singed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. Another 35,876 people were deemed eligible for North Carolina's current Medicaid program. Nearly all enrollees from North Carolina 92 percent are receiving financial assistance with the
1/29/15 - Pence takes HIP victory lap in Clark County [The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.]
Jan. 29 JEFFERSONVILLE Indiana Gov. Pence said the "consumer-driven" Medicaid alternative is the first of its kind in the nation. "We're essentially ending traditional Medicaid in Indiana for all able-bodied adults, and we're replacing it with the Healthy Indiana Plan," Pence said.
1/29/15 - Rep. Bilirakis Introduces Bill to Allow Physical Therapists to Use Locum Tenens Arrangements Under Medicare
Gus Bilirakis, R- Fla., has introduced legislation to "add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare." Ben Ray Lujan, D- N.M., Paul Tonko, D- N.Y., Mike Kelly, R- Pa., Mike Pompeo, R- Kan., Steve King, R- Iowa, and Patrick Meehan, R- Pa.. For more information, contact Myron Struck, edit
1/29/15 - River Valley Health Partners Issues Letter in Support of Ohio Continuing Extended Medicaid
In January of 2014 Ohio made the wise decision to extend Medicaid health insurance coverage to some of Ohio's most vulnerable citizens. For the sake of those individuals and our state, Ohio needs to continue extended Medicaid. In 2014 governor John Kasich defied his party and asked the Controlling Board of Ohio to accept the extended Medicaid funds
1/29/15 - Scott's $77 billion budget plan cuts taxes, increases spending, ignores Medicaid expansion [The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville]
There are also line items representing relatively small earmarks for the region, including $536,610 for the Youth Challenge Program at Camp Blanding in Clay County, $726,000 for Duval County shore protection and $117,000 to re-nourish southern Amelia Island in Nassau County. His budget also includes a $2 billion gamble: that the federal government
1/29/15 - State health commissioner says HIP 2.0 will improve the well-being of Hoosiers [The Times, Munster, Ind.]
Mike Pence announced the Obama administration had approved his plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government had to give a waiver for the plan because Medicaid traditionally does not require its low-income recipients to share in the costs of their care. Adams said the plan will improve health outcomes and access for
1/29/15 - State Medicaid fraud unit raids dental office in Ocala [Ocala Star-Banner, Fla.]
Jan. 28 Investigators executed a search warrant at a dental office Wednesday as part of a Medicaid fraud investigation. Officials with the Florida Attorney General's Office, as well as other investigators, were at Churchill Dentistry, 255 SE 17th St., formerly known as Polliwog Dental, for a good part of the day. John W. Nicks Jr., of the Florida
1/29/15 - State Senate OKs 'private option' Medicaid plan, task force
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. Crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the fede
1/29/15 - Tampa area mayors tilt at windmill of Medicaid expansion [Tampa Tribune, Fla.]
The mayors Democrats Bob Buckhorn of Tampa and Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, and Republican George Cretekos of Clearwater said Wednesday the issue transcends politics, and inaction on the part of the state Legislature and Gov. But at a legislative planning event held simultaneously at the state Capitol, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, a Repu
1/29/15 - TARCOG commends county for Medicare savings [The News Courier, Athens, Ala.]
Jan. 28 County commissioners praised the Limestone County Community on Aging during a Wednesday work session for its efforts to save seniors nearly a quarter of a million dollars during the most recent Medicare open enrollment. The kudos came after the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments commended District 2 Commissioner Steve Turner a
1/28/15 - Brown Joins Bipartisan Group of Six Senators to Introduce Bill to Help Children Covered by Medicaid With Complex Medical Conditions
Sherrod Brown joined a bipartisan group of six senators to introduce legislation that would help coordinate care and improve health outcomes for children covered by Medicaid with medically complex conditions. The Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 would improve care coordination, quality measures, and cost containment for children in..
1/28/15 - Centene to acquire Trillium [The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.]
Jan. 28 A Fortune 500 health insurance firm has agreed to purchase Agate Resources, the Eugene company that provides services to nearly 90,000 Medicaid recipients in Lane County. Centene Corp., which is based in St. Louis, disclosed its purchase of Agate Resources late Monday. Trillium has since managed the state's Oregon Health Plan, or Medicaid
1/28/15 - Coalition of Physicians, Hospitals and Health Care Authority Getting National Attention for ER is for Emergencies Campaign to Reduce Preventable Emergency Room Visits
This public-private partnership has not only improved utilization, quality of care and savings in Washington state, but the efforts of the coalition are getting national attention. The ER is for Emergencies coalition includes the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Hospital Association, the Washington Chapter of the American Coll
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