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11/14/17 - Medicaid expansion linked to smoking cessation in Pitt analysis [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Researchers analyzed responses from more than 36,000 low-income adults without dependent children to an annual telephone health behavior survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Smoking cessation is notoriously difficult to achieve," said senior author Marian Jarlenski, assistant professor in Pitt Public Health's Department of...
11/13/17 - 8th Circuit refuses to reconsider order ending Medicaid money for Planned Parenthood
Asa Hutchinson's order that Arkansas stop allowing Planned Parenthood to participate in the Medicaid program. The 8th Circuit, in shutting off Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood, departs from decisions entered in four other U.S. circuitcourts on similar cases. Hutchinson ordered participation in the program stopped because of reports in other st
11/13/17 - Amerigroup Introduces LiveHealth Online Telehealth Services to Its Medicare Advantage Members
GRAND RAPIDS, Texas Members of Amerigroup s Medicare Advantage plans in Texas will have coverage at no extra cost for telehealth visits starting in 2018 through LiveHealth Online, a leading telehealth website and app providing consumers with online access to U.S.- based board-certified doctors and licensed therapists. The opportunity t
11/13/17 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Announces Healthy Blue to Serve NC's Medicaid Population in Collaboration with Amerigroup
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announces Healthy Blue, a new plan Blue Cross of NC will offer in collaboration with Amerigroup Partnership Plan, LLC. We are deeply committed to serving as many North Carolinians as possible, and through Healthy Blue we're focusing on
11/13/17 - Capital BlueCross Announces Medicare Plans Featuring Low Cost, High Benefit Options in 21 Pennsylvania Counties
The locally-based health insurer's BlueJourney HMO and BlueJourney PPO plans are available to Medicare-eligible individuals within its 21- county Pennsylvania service area. "As a community-based health insurer, we are dedicated to providing the best possible coverage at the best possible price," said Debbie Rittenour, senior vice president of...
11/13/17 - Costs weigh on Medicaid expansion
T he sweeping Democratic victory in Tuesday's elections greatly increases the odds that Virginia will expand Medicaid- something Democrats have been trying to do for all of Gov. New figures from the state's Department of Medical Assistance Services, however, offer a reminder that sometimes it's good to be careful what you wish for. Chris Jones, the
11/13/17 - easyMedicare Offers Four Quick Tips to Help Find Out If Your Current Medicare Plan is Right for You
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest Each year at this time, people across the country who are on Medicare will make an important decision about their healthcare during the annual open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7. To help answer the question, provides important information to guid
11/13/17 - EDITORIAL: Maine voters gave themselves an expensive Medicaid gift
The voters of Maine gave themselves a Christmas present last week, voting to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and doing it by referendum to prevent Gov. The legislature had tried five times to give such a fine present to Maine voters, and five times Mr. LePage vetoed the present because he said Maine couldn't afford it. In its analysis, Moody's say
11/13/17 - Federal and state funding for healthcare services remains uncertain [The Daily Ardmoreite, Okla.]
Nov. 13 As the state Legislature tries to resolve the state budget deficit and the threat of more cuts to state agencies looms, federal Children's Health Insurance Program funding, which funds SoonerCare, has still not been renewed and losing it could be another serious blow to healthcare in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, CHIP and Medicaid funding are co
11/13/17 - Federal Register Extracts
SUMMARY: This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center payment system for CY 2018 to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems. Effective date: This final rule with comment period is effective on January 1, 2018, u
11/13/17 - Findings from V.A. Lewis and Co-Researchers in the Area of Medicare Described (The new frontier of strategic alliances in health care: New...
Findings from V.A. Lewis and Co-Researchers in the Area of Medicare Described. By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest Current study results on Medicare and Medicaid- Medicare have been published. According to news originating from Lebanon, New Hampshire, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Accountable care orga
11/13/17 - Findings on Electronic Medical Records Discussed by Investigators at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Comparing clinician...
Findings on Electronic Medical Records Discussed by Investigators at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, "We conducted a retrospective cohort study on 18,341 Medicare Advantage enrollees aged 65+, analyzin
11/13/17 - Health care access improves with state-level medicaid expansion
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest New Rochelle, NY, A new study has shown that low-income U.S. residents living in Medicaid expansion states are significantly more likely to have health insurance and to receive a routine check-up compared to low-income residents of non-expansion states. Coauthors Sunha Choi, PhD,
11/13/17 - Health care voters reverse Republican election momentum
Seven years after Obamacare crushed Democrats at the ballot box, the party is using health care to launch a revival, saying President Trump and congressional Republicans are paying a price for their fumbled repeal effort and will sink further next year. Voters in Maine last week opted into Medicaid expansion, a key plank of the 2010 law, and Virgin
11/13/17 - INFUSYSTEM HOLDINGS, INC - 10-Q - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The terms "InfuSystem", "the Company", "we", "our" and "us" used herein refer to InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. Those factors, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, potential changes in overall healthcare reimbursement, including the Centers for Medicare
11/13/17 - Local woman wants to withdraw guilty plea in Medicaid fraud case
A Guysville woman who pleaded guilty in June to health care fraud and was to repay the Medicaid program $2.2 million is seeking permission to withdraw her plea. Cheryl McGrath, 49, who operated Health Care of Southeast Ohio, also pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to pay employment taxes. As part of the plea agreement, the agreed-upon sente
11/13/17 - Loretto board names new president/CEO
Loretto Hospital's board of trustees has appointed George N. Miller Jr. as its new president and chief executive officer effective Nov. 1. He also served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. "With the changing landscape of health care, this is the perfect time for George Miller to serve a
11/13/17 - Medicare: Medicare open enrollment season is here now
When you shop for a new car, you don't just buy the first one you see, do you? You usually shop around looking for the best deal you can get on a vehicle that fits your driving needs as well as your pocketbook. Medicare's open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7.
11/13/17 - Mercy Care Plan, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Collaborate With Equality Health To Enhance Integrated Care For Arizona Medicaid Recipients
Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care have partnered with Equality Health to reduce health disparities and enhance the provision of integrated behavioral health services to Medicaid recipients in Arizona. Mercy Care and Mercy Maricopa, both locally owned and operated not-for-profit Medicaid managed care health plans, have signed an...
11/13/17 - New Medicare choice for Northwest Alabama
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Managed Care Weekly Digest VIVA MEDICARE has expanded into Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties for 2018. VIVA MEDICARE is the only Medicare plan in Alabama to make the prestigious 2018 ranking. Key to VIVA MEDICARE's decision to move into Northwest Alabama is its partnership with Eliza Coffee Memorial
11/13/17 - New Medicare Findings from C. Ellimoottil and Colleagues Discussed (An Opportunity to Improve Medicare's Planned Readmissions Measure)
According to news reporting originating in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "In the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services utilizes a planned/unplanned algorithm to prevent hospitals from being penalized for scheduled rehospitalizations. For more information on this research s
11/13/17 - New Research: Healthcare Costs Most Taxing for Seniors, Yet Retirees Are More Likely to Comparison Shop for Cable and Internet Than for a Medicare Plan
Healthcare costs rank most burdensome among common living expenses for seniors. According to " The Cost of Complacency" survey commissioned by WellCare Health Plans, Inc., seniors are more likely to comparison shop for groceries, gas, cable and internet service, and even travel deals, than they are to shop for a Medicare plan. "The biggest risk
11/13/17 - OHA Director: More Medicaid problems may come to light
OHA Director Pat Allen says new internal reports of processing problems in the Oregon Health Plan have arisen in the two weeks since the public learned that the state overpaid Medicaid providers to the tune of $74 million between 2014 and 2016.. Oregon may have to pay as much as $65 million to the federal government to reimburse it paid the state t
11/13/17 - Recent Findings in Medicaid Described by L.M. Keohane and Colleagues (States With Medically Needy Pathways: Differences in Long-Term and Temporary...
Recent Findings in Medicaid Described by L.M. Keohane and Colleagues. For more information on this research see: States With Medically Needy Pathways: Differences in Long-Term and Temporary Medicaid Entry for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries. Medical Care Research and Review, 2017; (): 1077558717737152. Medical Care Research and Review can be cont
11/13/17 - Simply Healthcare Plans Continues Commitment to Floridians with SilverSneakers Benefit
Simply Healthcare Plans will continue offering access to SilverSneakers , as one of the many benefits included in its 2018 Medicare Advantage plans. This is part of Simply s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of its current members and those Simply hopes to have the privilege of serving in the future. Simply Healthcare Plans of
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