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7/18/17 - AristaMD Partners with Central California Alliance for Health to Drive Improved Specialist Care Access for Medicaid Patients
AristaMD, innovative provider of the cloud-based Smart Care Platform for primary care physicians and specialists, today announced its partnership with Central California Alliance for Health to expand specialty care access through primary care-specialist collaboration via eConsults while also reducing specialist referrals for Medi-Cal Manage
7/18/17 - At public hearing, most oppose proposed Medicaid changes
FRANKFORT, Ky.- As a nanny for triplet girls, Clare White depended on Medicaid to pay for the mental health prescriptions she said she needs to keep from killing herself. Matt Bevin, who is seeking to overhaul the state's Medicaid program to require people like White to have a job or volunteer in the community in order to keep their benefits. State
I'm proud to be working with my fellow Tampa Bay representative, Congresswoman Castor, to ensure Medicare is strong for today's and tomorrow's beneficiaries, "said Rep. Bilirakis. I thank my Tampa Bay colleague, Congressman Bilirakis, for joining me to protect seniors and taxpayers in our state and across the country, "said Rep. Castor. Last week,
7/18/17 - Bipartisan Bill Protects Diabetic Medicare Beneficiaries' Access to Needed Supplies
Washington, DC- Representatives Diana DeGette, Susan Brooks and Tom Reed introduced the "Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act", which would strengthen protections for Medicare beneficiaries who buy blood glucose testing supplies through the National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program. DeGette and Reed are the co-chairs of the Congressiona
7/18/17 - Bipartisanship could easily fix Affordable Care Act
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened his 51 disciples in the Senate and his party with the gravest injury imaginable. Does he not remember what has accrued from bipartisanship in the past- Medicare and Medicaid and all their many corrections and expansions, veterans medical care and, yes, even the great Democratic achievement Social Security,
7/18/17 - Castle Biosciences Uveal Melanoma Test Receives Positive Medicare Local Coverage Determination and Commercial Insurance Positive Coverage Policies
Castle Biosciences, Inc., a provider of molecular diagnostics to improve cancer treatment decisions, today announced three important milestones in improving access to DecisionDx - UM, the standard of care prognostic tool for patients with uveal melanoma, an aggressive form of eye cancer. Palmetto GBA, the administrator of the MolDX program tha
7/18/17 - Edifecs Modernizes Nebraska Medicaid Program with Smart Trading Platform
Edifecs, Inc., a global health information technology solutions company, today announced the successful implementation and go-live of the Nebraska Medicaid program s new electronic data interchange platform. The State of Nebraska chose Edifecs as a partner for the joint replacement project effort, delivered by both Edifecs and NE Medicaid
7/18/17 - GAO Issues Report on Medicare
Ron Wyden, D- Ore., ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D- N.J., ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D- Mass., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on July 17.
7/18/17 - Guest Comment Medicaid supports students
Soon, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The topic of healthcare reform in general is one we ll leave to the leadership in Washington, D.C., to sort; however, we feel it s crucial to increase awareness of changes that would have severe impact on our schools right here in Eastern Oregon. In addition, our regional
7/18/17 - Health Endeavors Converts Medicare ACO Data into Automated Care Plans for Patients and EHRs
These healthy activities are generated automatically from the Medicare ACO data and populated in the patient s OneTouch Journal, EHR and sent via text alerts. I need the OneTouch Journal to keep me on track. We learned in the CCM 99490 program that patients want guidance, simplicity and tangible data tools to assist with their health go
7/18/17 - How to improve our health care system
Following the Independence Day recess, our U.S. Senate is back in session. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that at least 22 million people would become uninsured by RepublicanNoCare. One of the targets of RNC is Medicaid, which primarily benefits children, seniors and low-income Americans.
7/18/17 - Kansas Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges a Medical Doctor in Kansas to Call About Rewards If They Have Proof a Healthcare Provider in Kansas Is Substantially Overbilling Medicare
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 18, 2017/ The Kansas Corporate Whistleblower Center says, We are urging a medical doctor in Kansas to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 for a discussion about how the federal whistleblower reward program works-for people who have proof of multi-million dollar Medicare fraud or overbilling. *A ER doctor
7/18/17 - Liberal groups vow to send health care obstruction efforts into 'hyperdrive'
Senate Democrats, meanwhile, dared GOP leaders to use the delay to hold public hearings on their health bill, which would replace Obamacare's generous subsidies with more limited tax credits and rein in President Obama's vast expansion of Medicaid, while capping federal funding for the program overall. GOP senators largely drafted their bill behind
7/18/17 - Mayors to Senators: Start Over and Work With Us to Craft an Effective Bill that Addresses Actual Challenges - Not Washington Politics
Today, Tuesday, July 18 th at 12 pm ET, a group of mayors representing the United States Conference of Mayors will hold a telephone press conference to, given the imperiled fate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, discuss a way forward through a Senate partnership with mayors across the country in creating a bipartisan and more effective healt
7/18/17 - Ohio's outlay on Medicaid hits new high [The Blade, Toledo, Ohio]
July 18 COLUMBUS Ohio's spending on Medicaid hit a new peak in 2015, with 17.2 cents of every dollar in state revenue going to the program a proportion higher than the national average for states, according to a study released Monday. The Pew Charitable Trusts reported that Ohio's share of the federal-state health insurance of last resort, co
7/18/17 - Proposed Medicaid changes 'like putting lipstick on a pig,' state officials told [Lexington Herald-Leader]
July 17 FRANKFORT The Bevin administration's recent request to the federal government to make changes that would further restrict access to Kentucky's Medicaid program is "like putting lipstick on a pig," Harriette Seiler of Frankfort told state officials Monday. Clare White of Georgetown said she fears losing her Medicaid under the changes becau
7/18/17 - Rep. Jenkins Introduces Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act
Lynn Jenkins, R- Kan., issued the following news release:. This week, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins introduced H.R. 1284, the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act. Yet, Medicare payment policy prevents PAs from caring for patients when they and their families are the most vulnerable- at the end of life, "said Congresswoman Jenkins.
7/18/17 - Report: PA could lose $13 billion annually in Medicaid funds under Senate health-care plan [Beaver County Times, Pa.]
July 18 Pennsylvania could lose nearly $13 billion every year in federal funding by 2030 under the health-care plan proposed by U.S. Senate Republicans, Gov. The two leading Pennsylvania Democratic opponents to the GOP health-care plan issued a joint statement citing a state Department of Human Services' study, which, they said, determined that P
7/18/17 - SEMPI Accredited as Qualified Provider-Led Entity by CMS for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services
Sage Evidence-based Medicine and Practice Institute, a nonprofit provider-led entity using evidence-based medicine to improve healthcare delivery, announced that it has been accredited as a qualified provider-led entity for purposes of developing, modifying or endorsing appropriate use criteria as required under 414.94 and (c) Center for Medicare..
7/18/17 - Senate Finance Committee Hearing
The views I express are my own and should not be attributed to the Tax Policy Center, the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, their boards, or their funders. Almost half comes from individual income taxes, over a third comes from Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, just under 10 percent comes from corporate income taxes, and about 2
7/18/17 - Southern District Of Georgia announces participation in national health care fraud takedown
On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, f
7/18/17 - Three Companies and Their Executives Pay $19.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Pertaining to Rehabilitation Therapy and Hospice Services [African Manager (Tunisia)]
Ohio based Foundations Health Solutions Inc., Olympia Therapy Inc., and Tridia Hospice Care Inc., and their executives, Brian Colleran and Daniel Parker, have agreed to pay approximately $19.5 million to resolve allegations pertaining to the submission of false claims for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy and hospice services to Medicare
7/18/17 - Udall Leads Day of Action to Stand Up for Health Care in Indian Country
WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a day of action to highlight the devastating consequences for Indian Country if Senate Republicans follow through on their threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act and decimate Medicaid. Udall has heard from Tribal leaders and Native Americans
7/18/17 - UnitedHealth 2Q profit surges as ACA participation shrinks
UnitedHealth Group's second-quarter earnings soared as the nation's largest insurer dove deeper into government-funded health coverage like Medicare and Medicaid and continued to distance itself from the turbulent Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. The latest Republican push to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed Monday...
7/18/17 - UnitedHealth Group, AARP Extend Relationship Focused on Improving Older Americans' Health and Well-Being
MINNETONKA, Minn.- UnitedHealth Group today announced it renewed and extended its exclusive relationship with AARP focused on improving the health and well-being of Americans 50 and older, including the most popular Medicare products among older Americans. "People age 50 and older are well served by the longstanding relationship between UnitedHeal
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