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Latest GOP Obamacare Repeal Would Reduce Insurance Coverage for ‘Millions’
The Congressional Budget Office says the new Republican bill aimed at repealing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul would reduce health insurance coverage for “millions” of people. The nonpartisan analysts say people would lose coverage in part because of $1 trillion in cuts through 2026 in Medicaid. That’s the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Others would drop policies because the bill would halt federal subsidies Obama’s law gives them. Still others would be uninsured because the measure drops the law’s tax penalty on people who don’t buy coverage. Th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Health Care onetime Source Type: news

Mercy LIFE to open $6M PACE center in Montco
Mercy LIFE is expanding its Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly — known as PACE — to Montgomery County. The nonprofit plans to open a PACE center, designed to help the elder remain living at home instead of being admitted to a nursing home, in Norristown next summer. Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) said the $6 million community investment will expand the PACE model of care to more than 3,000 additional Medicare and Medicaid eligible seniors in Montgomery County. Retiring… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Protesters Got Dragged Out of a Hearing on the Republican Health Care Repeal Bill
Protests erupted Monday in Washington as a Senate committee gathered for a hearing on the latest Republican proposal aimed at repealing former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The Senate Finance Committee was holding a hearing to address questions about the legislation, known as Graham-Cassidy for its architects, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Just as the Senators settled in, chants of “No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!” echoed throughout the hearing room. Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who chairs the committee, called for a brie...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Rhodan Tags: Uncategorized Congress Health Care onetime protests Source Type: news

Obamacare Repeal Is on Life Support. These 5 Senators Could Decide Its Fate
Once again, Congress is facing a looming vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act that will be decided by a handful of key Republicans. As the Senate decides on the Graham-Cassidy bill this week, just three Republican senators would be enough to kill the bill’s chances, and doom GOP’s best chance to overturn the bill on a simple majority vote before a Sept. 30 deadline. With several Republicans expressing concern and even opposition to the bill, its future looks uncertain. On Monday, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana put forward a revised version in an attempt to sway some ho...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Rhodan Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Congress Health Care Obamacare onetime Source Type: news

The Latest: Protesters in wheelchairs disrupt bill hearing
Wheelchair-bound protesters interrupted a hearing on the GOP's health care bill _ loudly screaming, "No cuts to Medicaid (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Republicans Throw Money at Reluctant Senators Amid Last-Minute Obamacare Repeal Effort
WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they’re pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week. Yet their path to succeeding in their last-gasp effort has grown narrower, perhaps impossible. GOP senators’ opposition to their party’s drive to scrap President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act swelled to lethal numbers Sunday. Moderate Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the teetering bill and conservative Sen. Ted Cruz said that “right now” he doesn’t back it. President Donal...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized onetime Senate Source Type: news

GOP Health Care Bill in Limbo After Another Republican Senator ’s Support Waivers
(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday all but closed the door to supporting last-ditch Republican health care bill, leaving her party’s drive to uproot President Barack Obama’s health care law dangling by an increasingly slender thread. Already two GOP senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, have said they would vote against the legislation, and if Collins, a Maine moderate, were to join them, the bill would die. All Democratic senators oppose the measure, so “no” votes from three of the 52 GOP senators would kill the plan. “It’s very difficult for me to e...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Congress onetime White House Source Type: news

How Graham-Cassidy's Block Grants Hurt Hurricane Victims
The Graham-Cassidy Senate proposal to give each state a fixed block grant of federal money to pay for Medicaid coverage doesn ’t account for “increased financial stress” from economic downturns and natural disasters like hurricanes, Medicaid Health Plans of America said. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CNC NYSE:CI NYSE:AET Source Type: news

How Trumpcare's Medicaid Block Grants Hurt Hurricane Victims
The Graham-Cassidy Senate proposal to give each state a fixed block grant of federal money to pay for Medicaid coverage doesn ’t account for “increased financial stress” from economic downturns and natural disasters like hurricanes, Medicaid Health Plans of America said. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CNC NYSE:CI NYSE:AET Source Type: news

Donald Trump: John McCain ‘Let Arizona Down’ With Health Bill Decision
President Donald Trump was not happy about Sen. John McCain’s announcement that he would vote against the newly proposed healthcare act, which would have replaced the Affordable Care Act. “John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!” Trump tweeted Saturday. McCain said in a statement Friday that he could not “in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.” The bill was also criticized for failing to ensure all people with preexisting conditions would not face higher premiums and for cu...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized onetime White House Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente CEO: Health Care Must Mean More Than Coverage
Health care has been in the spotlight this year — and most of the focus has been on what is not working for the American people. Like many other industries that have undergone significant transformation before health care, the way forward is rarely simple or defined. There is no question it’s time for the health care industry to reflect the changing needs of America. Yet, is the health care system so broken that — to solve for 30 million more people getting access to high-quality, affordable care — we must throw out what is currently working for the 300 million people who have access to coverage whi...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bernard J. Tyson Tags: Uncategorized health Health Care politics The CEO Initiative Source Type: news

How the Graham-Cassidy Proposal Would Hurt Communities of Color
The repeated efforts by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can feel endless — legislators keep reviving our deepest fears about how to keep our loved ones and ourselves healthy. Even though repeal was defeated in the Senate just a few months ago, there is a new bill that is as bad as, if not worse than, the previous version. Key Senators are ramming the legislation — known as Graham-Cassidy — through the chamber at warp speed. As two people who worked to make Obamacare a reality, we don’t like what we see. There will be devastating consequences for tens of millions of Americans &mdash...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Lu, Kathy Ko Chin Tags: Uncategorized Health Care Source Type: news

Nurse pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud case
A nurse in has pleaded guilty to illegal remunerations related to a broader Medicaid fraud case in the state. Christine Hicks Thomas, 62, of Murfreesboro, faces up to five years in prison as well as $25,000 in fines and three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. As part of her plea agreement, she has agreed “to surrender her n ursing license, to surrender any interest she has in companies that bill the government for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

The Republican Health Bill Is Targeting Votes From These Two States
(WASHINGTON) — Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who’ve studied the legislation. The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP “yes” votes they’ll need to turn this summer’s jarring Senate rejection o...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alan Fram / AP Tags: Uncategorized Graham-Cassidy Health Care onetime Source Type: news

New Effort to Kill Obamacare Is Called ‘ the Most Radical ’
The Graham-Cassidy bill would turn federal funding for a law Republicans loathe into block grants to states, realizing a long-held goal of the party. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATE ZERNIKE, REED ABELSON and ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicaid Law and Legislation States (US) United States Politics and Government Senate Republican Party Graham, Lindsey Cassidy, Bill (1957- ) Source Type: news

Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort is Most Far-Reaching
The Graham-Cassidy bill would turn federal funding for a law Republicans loathe into block grants to states, realizing a long-held goal of the party (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATE ZERNIKE, REED ABELSON and ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicaid Source Type: news

The Latest: Group wants Congress to revisit Medicaid changes
A group that represents state officials who administer Medicaid programs is telling Senate Republicans to slow down and rethink their latest health care bill (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Georgia Medicaid could get short-term boost from ACA replacement
Georgia and other states that did not expand Medicaid coverage through Obamacare would receive an increase in federal health-care funding under a replacement to the Affordable Care Act the U.S. Senate is expected to take up next week. However, a per-enrollee cap on Medicaid funding included in the bill would offset at least some of those gains. Those are the findings of an analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan nonprofit that focuses on health policy. The legislation,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dave Williams Source Type: news

NLM Technical Bulletin, Sep-Oct 2017, NLM VSAC Publishes Updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets for 4th Quarter 2017 Reporting Period for Hospital Quality Reporting Programs
On September 15, 2017, the National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, published an addendum to the eCQM annual update specifications originally published in April 2016. This addendum updates eCQM value sets for the 4th quarter of the 2017 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals. These changes affect electronic reporting of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and for the Medicare Ele...
Source: NLM Technical Bulletin - September 21, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The Latest: Study finds health bill would reshuffle dollars
A study finds the latest GOP effort to end "Obamacare" would take federal dollars away from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

State-by-State Estimates of Changes in Federal Spending on Health Care Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill
Issue brief estimates changes in federal funding due to the new block grant program and the Medicaid per enrollee cap on a state-by-state basis under the Graham-Cassidy bill relative to current law. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Navigating Medicaid to get aging parents into nursing homes
Navigating the Medicaid application process isn ’t easy, especially while dealing with the emotional side of placing a family member in an institutional setting and cleaning out the house. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Navigating Medicaid to get aging parents into nursing homes
Navigating the Medicaid application process isn ’t easy, especially while dealing with the emotional side of placing a family member in an institutional setting and cleaning out the house. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Netsmart lands statewide contract after successful pilot
Overland Park-based Netsmart will deploy its solutions to more than 300 clinics throughout Missouri after a successful pilot of its Healthcare Homes program. Missouri was one of the first states to test-drive the program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which combines physical and behavioral health data under one system. “It was designed to change the way behavioral health providers operate in the state of Missouri, to f ocus on whole-person health,” said Brent McGinty,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Netsmart lands statewide contract after successful pilot
Overland Park-based Netsmart will deploy its solutions to more than 300 clinics throughout Missouri after a successful pilot of its Healthcare Homes program. Missouri was one of the first states to test-drive the program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which combines physical and behavioral health data under one system. “It was designed to change the way behavioral health providers operate in the state of Missouri, to f ocus on whole-person health,” said Brent McGinty,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Spotlight on the Impact of the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson Bill ...
2 hours ago ... New AARP Public Policy Institute fact sheets show the depth of Medicaid cuts proposed by the Graham/Cassidy/Heller/Johnson Bill in Alaska,  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - September 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Building LTSS through Title VI Program: Billing Medicaid
September 27, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

3 Ways the New Obamacare Repeal Bill Would Change Women ’s Access to Health Care
Republicans latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, includes several provisions that would dramatically affect women’s health care. Named for sponsors Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, the Graham-Cassidy bill would make it harder for low-income women to access Planned Parenthood, reduce private insurance coverage for abortions and allow states to reduce maternity coverage. The bill needs to pass by the end of September to have a realistic chance of being enacted into law. It’s currently just a handful of votes away from reaching the majority needed. Here’s a closer lo...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Teague Beckwith Tags: Uncategorized Bill Cassidy Congress Health Care Lindsey Graham onetime Source Type: news

Medicare Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts and Cost-cutting Predicted to be 2018 ’s Two Biggest Trends for Medical Laboratories in the United States
To offset the loss of revenue from the price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory tests, labs will need to aggressively—but wisely—slash costs to balance their budgets Any day now, Medicare officials will announce the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for 2018. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 20, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections dark daily home page darkdaily.com Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations News Source Type: news

Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction: The Role of Integrated Care
This briefing from September 2017 examined innovative non-pharmacologic models to address chronic pain, including among the military and veteran population and through state Medicaid and safety net programs. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

5 Ways the Graham-Cassidy Proposal Puts Medicaid Coverage At Risk
Fact sheet outlines how the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace the ACA would impact Medicaid. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction
Through this informal Request for Information (RFI) the CMS Innovation Center (Innovation Center) is seeking your feedback on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. Comments will be received through 11:59 p.m. EST November 20, 2017. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Republicans Eye Last-Ditch Attempt to Repeal Obamacare, Again
Just two weeks ago, the forecast for Republicans was bleak: the GOP had dramatically failed to repeal Obamacare earlier in the summer, and reports of tension on Capitol Hill made it seem unlikely they would pull it together. But in a startling reversal of fortune over the last week, Republicans lawmakers have resuscitated a new effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill in question, Graham-Cassidy, named for its co-sponsors Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Bill Cassidy, has earned the White House’s backing, and received tacit support on Tuesday from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It is better ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Congress Donald Trump Health Care Healthcare Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell Obamacare Source Type: news

Here ’s How the Latest Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Would Work
The latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is getting a second wind as it approaches its final deadline. With less than two weeks before a budgetary deadline that would allow the bill to pass with a simple majority, the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill is within a handful of votes from passing. Named for its sponsors: Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, the bill would devolve the current system and let red and blue states go their own way on health care, while cutting federal support over time. It’s a sweeping proposal. Right now, the federal government pays about $110 bil...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Congress Healthcare John McCain Lindsey Graham Obamacare Source Type: news

NLM VSAC Publishes Updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Value Sets for 4th Quarter 2017 Reporting Period for Hospital Quality Reporting Programs
On September 15, 2017, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), published an addendum to the eCQM annual update specifications originally published in April 2016. This addendum updates eCQM value sets for the 4th quarter of the 2017 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). These changes affect electronic reporting of eCQMs for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR) and for th...
Source: NLM General Announcements - September 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

MAP Rural Health Workgroup 2017-2018 Call for Nominations
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is establishing a rural health workgroup under the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to advise the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the selection of rural-relevant measures for use in certain federal value-based purchasing and quality reporting programs. TheMAP Rural Health Workgroup will consist of no more than 25 members with expertise in the areas of rural health, program implementation, and quality measurement. The NQF is acceptingnominations through September 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm Eastern time. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 19, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Claret Medical touts Sentinel data in TAVR study
Claret Medical today released results from a study of its Sentinel cerebral protection system, touting reduced early occurrence of stroke associated with transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures and lowered mortality rates. The study of the device was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based company said. The Sentinel embolic protection device is designed to trap blood clots and prevent stroke during heart valve replacement procedures, which Claret Medical touts as the 1st and only FDA-cleared device to do so. “In...
Source: Mass Device - September 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Catheters Clinical Trials Neurological Claret Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Senate Republicans Are Trying to Repeal Obamacare Again
(WASHINGTON) — Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to prevail, Democrats backed by doctors, hospitals, and patients’ groups are mustering an all-out effort to smother the GOP drive once and for all. The latest attempt is being led by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy. Their 141-page bill would replace much of Obama’s statute with block grants to states and would give them wide leeway to decide how to spend the money. It wou...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alan Fram / AP Tags: Uncategorized Congress onetime republicans Source Type: news

Another extension for Abbott ’ s tender for Alere
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) today announced yet another extension of its tender offer for all outstanding Alere (NYSE:ALR) Series B convertible perpetual preferred shares at $402 per share, pushing the deadline from Sept. 15. to near the end of the month. As part of the offering, Abbott said it will also pay for unpaid dividends to the settlement date of the tender offer in cash, without interest and subject to applicable taxes. The offer, originally announced on July 17, is being extended to “allow additional time for the consummation of the merger,” Abbott said in a press release. The offe...
Source: Mass Device - September 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Diagnostics Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat Abbott Alere Source Type: news

Emergency Response and Recovery: Hurricanes
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 09/15/2017 This Web page provides information about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)'response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. It details the federal states of emergency, administrative actions for Medicare, waivers for affected states, and fraud and phishing. It provides links to relevant documents for facilities, and from CMS and affected states. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Emergency Response and Recovery: Pandemic, Infectious Diseases, and Biological Hazards
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 08/28/2017 This Web page provides information and links about emergency response to pandemics and infectious diseases, specifically the 2016 Zika virus outbreak, and the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. It provides information about new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid funding to health departments in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida to help combat the Zika virus. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Emergency Response and Recovery: Cyber Emergencies
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 08/28/2017 This Web page provides information and links about the extensive cyber-attack that was conducted worldwide beginning on May 12, 2017, in at least 150 countries. It provides guidance on what to do if an organization is the victim of a ransomware attack. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Emergency Response and Recovery: Severe Storms and Flooding
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 12/05/2016 This Web page provides information and links about severe storms and flooding events in several states, dating back to the 2008 Iowa and Indiana Severe Flooding. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Jeb Bush: The Graham-Cassidy Proposal Is Better Than Kasich-Hickenlooper
Despite the chaos and disappointment which defined the health care debate in Washington this summer, there is still both an opportunity and obligation to get some big and serious things done for the American people this year. While tackling tax reform, regulatory reform, entitlement reform and many other challenges are critical to ensuring American prosperity for future generations, health care reform must remain at the top of Congress’ to-do-list this fall. In voting for sweeping change last November, the chief issue driving many voters was the repeal of Obamacare, a policy monstrosity railroaded through Congress by...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeb Bush and Alan Levine Tags: Uncategorized ideas onetime Source Type: news

One Little Medicaid Waiver Could Spell Big Changes
(MedPage Today) -- Arkansas proposes'partial expansion'that would boot 60,000 from program (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 15, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Arizona health plan rolls out Pacify video chat app for new moms in need
Care1st Health Plan Arizona has launched a pilot program offering Pacify Health ’s live video chat app to new and soon-to-be mothers enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Emergency!: Preparedness, Planning, Generators: The New Rules Affecting Health Care
National Fire Protection Association. 06/04/2017 This one-hour, 26-minute video explores the genesis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule dealing with emergency preparedness and planning, and the implementation challenges and resources to assist provider organizations in carrying out requirements. While acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities have always provided some level of preparedness and planning, the new rule clarifies expectations and performance levels. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

ACA Medicaid Expansion Tied To Earlier Cancer Care For The Poor
A new study suggests a need for additional expansion of access to care, especially for low-income populations. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DHS, Dinged for Payment Problems, Will Repay $3M to Feds
The Arkansas Department of Human Services will repay about $3 million to the federal government after an audit found problems with a type of Medicaid payment to providers. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - September 15, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing their intent to continue collecting information related to the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) procedures and criteria. Information collected is used by CMS and the MGCRB to determine eligibility for prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals wishing to be considered part of neighboring geographic areas for payment purposes. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted by October 16, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 15, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news