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5/21/18 - Medicaid expansion would benefit 194,000 people in South Carolina, new study finds
South Carolina has not expanded the program. In South Carolina, specifically, the report found state spending would increase $111 million or 6.8 percent but would be offset largely by savings in other areas, including uncompensated medical care for people who are currently uninsured.. Carolina Voyager Charter School in Charleston recently cel
5/20/18 - Cardin, Van Hollen laud new Maryland Medicare agreement
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen expressed their support for the agreement between the State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the future of Maryland's All-Payer Demonstration Model Maryland's innovative approach to hospital payments. The agreement announced today will allow Maryland's
5/19/18 - Agency Seeks Input on Medicaid Waiver Serving People With Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
The North Dakota Department of Human Services issued the following news release:. The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Developmental Disabilities Division is seeking public input on waiver services as a first step in the waiver renewal application process. "We want to hear from people who use services, their family members and guardians,
5/19/18 - Butte counselor faces new felony charge alleging Medicaid fraud [The Montana Standard, Butte]
May 18 Prosecutors who just dropped remaining charges against a mental health counselor in Butte for allegedly trying to have meth planted on her ex-husband and others have now charged her with felony Medicaid fraud. Butte police arrested Dana Trandahl, 54, at her house late Friday morning on a warrant issued because of the new charge. Deputy Cou
5/19/18 - DHHS Releases Paper on Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release:. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a policy paper with information for health care providers regarding the transition to Medicaid managed care, expected to launch in 2019.. The department encourages providers to atte
5/19/18 - McGuire touches on Medicaid during Thursday visit
McGuire added that mental health and substance abuse treatment options in Iowa are ranked lowest in the country in terms of quality of care. Increasing numbers of health care workers to provide treatment for others is something Iowa can achieve, she said. McGuire specifically called out the recent fetal heartbeat abortion law and funding cuts to Pl
5/19/18 - New Hometeam CEO Leads Dual-Eligible Business Plan [Oman News Agency]
New York- based home care startup company has named Randy Klein as its new CEO. The leadership change comes after Hometeam, which provides services in New York and New Jersey and has raised more than $43 million in investment capital, recently switched its business model from a payment structure based on private-pay home care and Medicaid reimburse
5/19/18 - OPINION: Some disabled would be left in limbo by Medicaid work requirements [Detroit Free Press]
May 19 I was supposed to talk to Kim Hoxworth at 2:30 p.m., but the sound of the ringing phone triggered a seizure. Kim is a friend of mine. She has a condition called PNES, and for the past two years, she's had seizures every day.
5/19/18 - Sen. Cassidy Introduces Bill on Medicare Coverage of Opioid Treatment
Bill Cassidy, R- La., has introduced legislation to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to provide for Medicare coverage of certain services furnished by opioid treatment programs." Bill Nelson, D- Fla., and Benjamin Cardin, D- Md. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. Bill Cassidy, 520 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington,
5/18/18 - 13.6 Million Have Medicare Supplement Insurance Reports AAMSI
More Americans than ever have Medicare Supplement insurance coverage according to a report released by the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI). The number of policies has increased by 40 percent since 2010.
5/18/18 - Aeroflow Healthcare to Provide Additional Support Following North Carolina Medicaid Update [Tehran Times (Iran)]
-Aeroflow Healthcare, an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company announced today that with latest North Carolina Medicaid update, the Company will be able to provide even more support for its patients, as its Trilogy ventilators are now covered under insurance reimbursement. The Clinical Coverage Policy 5 A-2, Respiratory Equipment, and Supplies was upda
5/18/18 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 da
5/18/18 - Beshear: Eastern Kentucky Eye Center Owner, Former Wife Indicted on Theft, Medicaid Fraud Charges
Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced the indictment of an Eastern Kentucky eye center owner and his former wife on theft and Medicaid fraud charges. Optician Marcus S. Minix, 67, of Lexington and Amy K. Slone, 34, of Prestonsburg, have each been charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking
5/18/18 - BRIEF: Woman guilty of Medicaid fraud to pay more than $12,000 back to program [The Wichita Eagle]
May 17 An Emporia woman has to repay $12,869.83 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after she was convicted of fraud, according to a news release from the Kansas Attorney General's Office. Jennifer Flores, 40, pleaded guilty in January in Lyon County District Court to two counts of making a false claim to the Medicaid program. Her crimes occurred betw
5/18/18 - Buckeye Institute Issues Statement on Ohio's Medicaid Waiver Application
The Buckeye Institute issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' determination that Ohio's 1332 Medicaid waiver application was incomplete:. "It is disappointing that the federal government would deem Ohio's 1332 Medicaid waiver application incomplete. "While Health and Human Services told states it would wo
5/18/18 - Dartmouth, D-H Study Tracks Drop in End-of-Life Care Costs
Lebanon A study published this month by Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock researchers found that spending for medical care at the end of life appears to be declining. The study, which used Medicare data from the Dartmouth Atlas Project for people between the ages of 65 and 99, found that while end-of-life care costs increased between 200
5/18/18 - DHS seeks input on Medicaid waiver [The Jamestown Sun, N.D.]
May 18 As part of its renewal application process, the Developmental Disabilities Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services is seeking public input on services for the 1915 (c) Traditional Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Home and Community-Based Services waiver that expires March 31, 2019.
5/18/18 - Disabled Medicaid recipients ask judge to block DHS emergency rule on home care hours
Legal Aid of Arkansas, which represents seven disabled plaintiffs who say their at-home attendant care hours were unfairly cut by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, has again filed suit against DHS over the legitimacy of its rule-making process for the home care waiver program. The plaintiffs are asking Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell
5/18/18 - LePage Administration Files Response to Lawsuit From Activists Trying To Force Medicaid Expansion With No Funding
Paul LePage, R- Maine, issued the following news release:. Governor Paul R. LePage has issued a statement about the administration's response to the lawsuit seeking to compel the Department of Health and Human Services to expand Medicaiddespite the Legislature's failure to provide any funding for its hundreds of millions of dollars in ongoing cos
5/18/18 - Letter: Time for Medicaid to cover payment to all certified resources in Utah
It would be helpful if the state Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health would establish a readily accessible list of resources. In regard to the current opioid crisis, there are currently 13 federally approved, CARF- or JCAHO-certified Medication Assisted Treatment Clinics from St. George to Logan. It is time for Medicaid to cover payment to
5/18/18 - Medicaid payment errors could cost Missouri up to $1.7 million [The Kansas City Star]
May 18 In a time of tight budgets, a Missouri state agency might have to reimburse the federal government up to $1.7 million in Medicaid payments to hospitals that the agency potentially shouldn't have allowed. The U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services' Office of Inspector General released a report Friday detailing $2.7 million in claims fo
5/18/18 - Medical Supply Executive Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Her Role in a $30 Million Scheme to Defraud Medicare and Medicaid
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman, issued the following news release:. Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARINA BURMAN was sentenced today to 36 months in prison. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: "The Medicare and Medicaid programs are
5/18/18 - Medicare Supplement Insurance Sales Growth Continues [T-break Tech (Middle East)]
The number of Americans with Medicare Supplement insurance continues to increase with 13.6 million having this form of coverage in 2017 according to the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance. "The number of Medicare Supplement insurance policies has increased 40 percent since 2010," shares Jesse Slome, director of the Association.
5/18/18 - New Medicare cards are in the mail and identity thieves are going to hate them [The Fresno Bee]
May 18 New Medicare cards that don't bear Social Security numbers will be arriving in mailboxes soon in the central San Joaquin Valley. Social Security numbers have been removed from the cards at the mandate of Congress, said Lorelei Piantedosi, associate regional administrator for the Centers for Region IX of the U.S. Medicare& Medicaid Services
5/18/18 - Opinion/Letter: Medicaid should expand
We need to have Medicaid expansion in Virginia. It's time for Virginia to join the 32 states that are benefiting from expanding Medicaid. We have the votes we need for Medicaid expansion, but Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment is dragging his feet.
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