A Retrospective Review of the Sepsis Definition after Publication of Sepsis-3
The authors of this review article state that two and a half years after the introduction of Sepsis-3, clinicians continue not to document Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores. The purpose of the review is to determine if the Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3) were being utilized in defining sepsis in the clinical setting. There continue to be variations in what standard is accepted by both commercial payers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in diagnosing sepsis. Due to Sepsis-3 criteria not being accepted by CMS or the Infectious Disease Society of A...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of ACA Medicaid Expansion on Visit Rates for Diabetes Impact of ACA Medicaid Expansion on Visit Rates for Diabetes
This study assessed changes in preventive care visits and diabetes screening in expansion vs. nonexpansion states.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Higher suicide rates evident among youth certain groups of Medicaid enrollees
(Elsevier) According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly four in ten of all youth who died by suicide in 16 states between 2009 and 2013 were Medicaid enrollees. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fewer Uninsured but Similar MI Outcomes With Medicaid Expansion Fewer Uninsured but Similar MI Outcomes With Medicaid Expansion
Medicaid eligibility expansion was associated with a reduction in uninsured patients reporting to hospital with an acute myocardial infarction, but not with improved outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Health providers try to inform immigrant patients of risks without scaring them off
A new policy could undermine the legal status of immigrants who use Medicaid. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Didn't Improve Acute MI Care for Low-Income Patients
(MedPage Today) -- Care quality actually improved more in non-expansion states, study finds (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Walmart Opts to Leave CVS Partnerships Over Pricing Dispute Walmart Opts to Leave CVS Partnerships Over Pricing Dispute
Walmart Inc has opted to end its involvement in the network of commercial and Medicaid pharmacies run by CVS Health Corp after the two companies failed to agree on pricing, CVS said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

UPMC Health Plan's chief medical officer joining Humana
UPMC Health Plan's chief medical officer is decamping for Louisville-based insurer Humana Inc. Dr. William Shrank's appointment will be effective April 1. He will report to Humana CEO Bruce Broussard as part of Humana's management team, according to a news release from Humana. He had been with UPMC since 2016. Shrank was the chief medical officer of the insurance services division of Unive rsity of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In that role, he oversaw 3.5 million members in Medicare, Medicaid, behavioral… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Another 1,200 Dropped From Arkansas Medicaid Over Work Rule
Arkansas officials say the number of people who have lost Medicaid coverage for not complying with a work requirement has risen to more than 18,000. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 16, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Did quality of care, outcomes improve for hospitalized heart attack patients in states that expanded Medicaid?
(JAMA Network) Lack of insurance is associated with worse care and outcomes among adults hospitalized for a heart attack. It is unclear whether states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2014 had an associated improvement in quality of care and outcomes among low-income patients hospitalized with a heart attack. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kentucky residents again seek to block new Medicaid rules
Sixteen Kentucky residents have again asked a federal judge to block new eligibility requirements for Medicaid (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Report Rips Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement
(MedPage Today) -- Thousands lost healthcare coverage, but is the work requirement really to blame? (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 14, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center president, other execs depart after federal review
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center, a prominent hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, announced a leadership change Jan. 14 following a review from the U.S. Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services. The hospital’s former president, Gay Nord; chief nursing officer, Jennifer Nitschmann; and senior vice president of operations, David Berger, have all left their roles, according to a Jan. 14 press release. T. Douglas Lawson has been appointed president, effective immediately, and he will… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Public Option And Medicaid Buy-Ins Emerge From 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls
Public options to expand health coverage are emerging on the campaign trail ahead of next year ’s 2020 Democratic Presidential primaries. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:MOH NYSE:ANTM NYSE:HUM NYSE:CI Source Type: news

Public Options And Medicaid Buy-Ins Emerge From 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls
Public options to expand health coverage are emerging on the campaign trail ahead of next year ’s 2020 Democratic Presidential primaries. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:MOH NYSE:ANTM NYSE:HUM NYSE:CI Source Type: news

California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices
Under a new governor, it ’ s hoping to use its status as the most populous state as leverage when it negotiates with drug makers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATIE THOMAS Tags: Newsom, Gavin Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) California Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicaid Source Type: news

$3.4 Million Medicaid Fraud Inquiry Hovers Over Nursing Home Where Comatose Woman Was Raped and Had Baby
The operator of the nursing home, Hacienda HealthCare, has been locked in a legal battle with a state health agency, refusing to turn over financial records. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MATTHEW HAAG Tags: Maricopa County (Ariz) Hacienda HealthCare Medicaid Frauds and Swindling Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Abuse of the Disabled Sex Crimes Nursing Homes Source Type: news

Solera Health hires US Medicaid chief medical officer Dr. Andrey Ostovsky, Iora Health names Dr. Tyler Jung chief medical officer
Also: Pritzker Group Venture Capital announces slew of promotions and Grand Rounds taps former USF chief medical officer Dr. Ami Parekh for same role.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Kentucky might nix two huge Medicaid contracts — why and what that means
The move to reduce the number of companies that contract with the state's Medicaid program to three from five is intended to reduce administrative costs in health care. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Outcomes Poorer for Medicaid Beneficiaries With STEMI
THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 -- Among patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), Medicaid beneficiaries have lower rates of revascularization and higher in-hospital mortality than patients with private insurance, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Seniors Still Report Barriers to Hearing Care Services
THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 -- Beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicaid are less likely to use hearing care services and more likely to report having trouble with their aids, according to a study published in the January issue of Health... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dedicated Senior Medical Center, Keystone First VIP Choice sign network provider deal
The deal provides the plan's dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid members with access to Dedicated's four Philadelphia primary care clinics. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Morning Break: Baselga's New Job; Medicaid for Calif. Illegals; Opioids in Puerto Rico
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - January 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Medicaid: What to Watch in 2019 from the Administration, Congress, and the States
Issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation on Medicaid issues to watch in 2019. Includes Medicaid expansion, Medicaid waivers, initiatives to address the opioid crisis and substance use disorders, public charge changes, financing for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and payment and delivery system reforms. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Consequences of community water fluoridation cessation for Medicaid-eligible children and adolescents in Juneau, Alaska
BMC Oral Health201818:215https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-018-0684-2© The Author(s). 2018Received:6 March 2018Accepted:30 November 2018Published:13 December 2018AbstractBackgroundThe general aim of this research was to determine whether cessation of community water fluoridation (CWF) increased oral health disparities, as measured by dental caries procedures and restoration costs for children and adolescents.MethodsThe analysis was based on all Medicaid dental claims records of 0- to 18-year-old patients residing in zip code 99801 (Juneau, Alaska) during an optimal CWF year (2003,n...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - January 7, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Tampa General, USF, Caravan Health form new Medicare ACO
Tampa Bay is getting a new health care system partnership that aims to help reduce emergency room visits. Caravan Health, Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine have formed a Medicare Accountable Care Organization to provide coordinated care, or an ACO. ACOs, which are part of the Affordable Care Act and an initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, brings together groups of health care providers that can help Medicare patients by avoiding costly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 7, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

Tampa General, USF, Caravan Health form new Medicare ACO
Tampa Bay is getting a new health care system partnership that aims to help reduce emergency room visits. Caravan Health, Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine have formed a Medicare Accountable Care Organization to provide coordinated care, or an ACO. ACOs, which are part of the Affordable Care Act and an initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, brings together groups of health care providers that can help Medicare patients by avoiding costly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 7, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

Medicaid health plans now offering to pay non-traditional services
"I could not believe this was something a health insurance company would do." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

What Are The Potential Complications of a Tracheostomy?
Discussion In the past, indications for tracheostomy were often because of infection, but today are more often due to need for chronic airway support and/or ventilation. Many more children and infants are having tracheostomies placed. Decannulation rates for these children are low due to concomitant complex chronic disease such as neurological, pulmonary and congenital heart diseases. Co-morbidies are common with 3-4 being average, and frequently also including chronic technology such as gastrostomy tubes or ventriculoperitoneal shunts. Approximately 8% of children do not survive the hospitalization where the tracheostomy ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 7, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

D.C. Week: New Year, New Health Laws and Regs
(MedPage Today) -- Also: CMS official in charge of Medicaid and CHIP quits (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NLM Launches VSAC Intensional Definition Functionality
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is pleased to announce the launch of (Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - January 4, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Association of medicaid expansion with access to rehabilitative care in adult trauma patients - Zogg CK, Scott JW, Metcalfe D, Gluck AR, Curfman GD, Davis KA, Dimick JB, Haider AH.
IMPORTANCE: Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability for patients of all ages, many of whom are also among the most likely to be uninsured. Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was intended to improve access to care through im... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Medicaid Claims for Contraception Among Women With Medical Conditions After Release of the US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Feds, States Implement Raft of Health New Rules in 2019
(MedPage Today) -- New Medicaid expansions, aid-in-dying laws in the mix (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 4, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What we're watching in 2019: CCO 2.0 will take center stage
The state will be asking for applications to run the 15 coordinated care organizations that manage 1 million Medicaid patients in Oregon. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Government Shutdown is Affecting Health Programs
Medicare and Medicaid are fine, but the food safety component of the Food and Drug Administration and bio-threat surveillance done by the Department of Homeland Security are among the public health functions feeling the pinch. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DeSantis panel delves into substance-abuse funding
Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis bemoaned Medicaid costs while in Congress and while on the campaign trail, but he is being asked by some members of his health-care advisory committee to consider expanding Medicaid eligibility to people with substance-use disorders. Members of DeSantis’ Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness said Wednesday the state should examine ways to tap into more Medicaid funds to help offset the costs of providing treatment and care for people who don’t currently qualify… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 3, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Medicare ’ s bundled ortho payments yield modest savings
This study indicates that with the right financial incentive, hospitals can save money without compromising quality by sending more patients home rather than to a nursing facility.” Bundled payments are an alternative payment strategy that health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid are experimenting with to reduce expenses. Unlike traditional fee-for-service payments, bundled payments provide a single, fixed payment for a procedure and follow-up care rather than individually paying all parties separately. In January 2016, CMS required all hospitals in 67 geographic areas to participate in the five-year “Comprehensive...
Source: Mass Device - January 3, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Healthcare Reform Hospital Care Medicare News Well Orthopedics Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Harvard Medical School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health New England Journal of Medicine Source Type: news

OhioHealth exec to chair Ohio Hospital Association
Mike Louge, executive vice president and COO of OhioHealth Corp., starts a one-year term Tuesday as chairman of the Ohio Hospital Association. He's the first Central Ohio healthcare executive to lead the trade group since 2015, when the chair was Chip Hubbs III, CEO of Marysville-based Memorial Health. The association represents 237 hospitals and 13 health systems in the state, lobbying the legislature on issues such as Medicaid and lea ding improvement initiatives for members, such as a recent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

OhioHealth exec to chair Ohio Hospital Association
Mike Louge, executive vice president and COO of OhioHealth Corp., starts a one-year term Tuesday as chairman of the Ohio Hospital Association. He's the first Central Ohio healthcare executive to lead the trade group since 2015, when the chair was Chip Hubbs III, CEO of Marysville-based Memorial Health. The association represents 237 hospitals and 13 health systems in the state, lobbying the legislature on issues such as Medicaid and lea ding improvement initiatives for members, such as a recent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Tampa Bay hospitals confront new pricing transparency rules
Starting Jan. 1, hospitals will be required to post a list of standard patient charges online under a new federal requirement. On a national level, the health care industry is known to for not being as transparent with its prices. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the Associated Press the new requirement for online prices reflects the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to en courage patients to become better-educated decision makers in their own care. “We… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Fees
Notice from Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing increased fees under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), specifically for certificates, compliance fees, and non-accredited laboratory inspections. Small rural hospital laboratories are subject to CLIA fees and CMS does not expect this notice to have a significant impact on them, but requests comments from them and other affected laboratories. Comments are due March 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations Pathways to Success and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policies for Performance Year 2017
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the final rules for the Medicare Shared Savings Program participation options to encourage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to transition to two-sided models. Discusses issues specific to rural throughout, addresses the impact on small rural hospitals starting on PDF page 857, and offers some options for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and hospitals with swing bed agreements. The rules take February 14, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 31, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to technical and typographical errors in theNovember 21, 2018 final rule entitled "Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs." Corrections are effective on January 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) correcting typographical and technical errors to a final rulepublished on November 14, 2018. Corrections go into effect January 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 28, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Researchers blame opioid epidemic on higher homeless ER visits
Homeless people in Massachusetts are visiting the emergency room at drastically higher rates, and local researchers point to the opioid epidemic as a possible cause. An increase in Medicaid coverage may also have been a contributing factor, a study suggests. The trend was uncovered by a study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which looked at patterns of hospitalizations between homeless and non-homeless individuals between 2007 and 2013.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Risk Adjustment Data Validation
Notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services extending the comment period for the Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) provisions in the proposed rule "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Medicaid Fee-For-Service, and Medicaid Managed Care Programs for Years 2020 and 2021"filed November 1, 2018. Comments for this portion of the proposed rule are due April 30, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 27, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Correction
Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to technical and typographical errors in theNovember 21, 2018 final rule entitled "Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs." Notice will be published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2018 and corrections are effective on January 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare & Medicaid Programs, and Other Program Initiatives, and Priorities; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), January 16, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces a public meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) on January 16, 2019. Presentations and written comments much be submitted to themeeting coordinator by January 2, 2019 to be included in the agenda. Current agenda items include a listening session with CMS leadership, a recap of the previous meeting, information on CMS program and priorities, and an opportunity for public comment. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 26, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Obamacare signups dip in Oregon, according to preliminary data
In Oregon, 148,479 people enrolled in Affordable Care Act plans for next year, a 6 percent drop, according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday. CMS is expected to revise the figures in the coming days. The tally doesn’t include anyone who enrolled between 9 p.m. and midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on the final day of open enrollment, Dec. 15th, said Elizabeth Cronen, spokeswoman for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The total a lso… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news