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ResMed Succeeds with Tech, Then Hires a CTO
One of medtech’s most connected health technology companies has just hired its first chief technology officer. Sleep apnea device manufacturer ResMed credits its remote sleep-monitoring patient platform, AirView, with downloading more than 1 billion nights of sleep data. Patients can use the company’s smartphone app myAir to access their information. The company also crows about how those technologies combined with its CPAP machines and updated masks improve patient compliance with the therapy and the likelihood of that therapy being covered by insurance. How did it do all this without a CTO? Raj Sodhi, preside...
Source: MDDI - April 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Navigating the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
National Nurse-Led Care Coalition. 03/2018 This one-hour webinar takes a closer look at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule requirements related to developing emergency plans, policies and procedures, communications, trainings, and exercises. Panelists share challenges encountered and lessons learned from the rule's recent implementation. (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 - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Jamestown taxi driver charged with Medicaid fraud
A Jamestown taxi driver faces a series of charges for Medicaid fraud after submitting 20 false claims for medical transport services. Haimid Thompson, who drove for 716 Transportation Inc., was charged after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Thompson allegedly stole more than $7,500 from Medicaid for claims submitted in February and March last year for a series of 160-mile round trip transports between Jamestown and Buffalo that never took place. It’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Rheumatology leaders respond to Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance proposed rule
(American College of Rheumatology) In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American College of Rheumatology expressed concern that the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance proposed rule could weaken consumer protections that enable individuals living with rheumatic diseases to access quality, affordable care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using Health IT to Meet Medicaid Population Health, Socioeconomic Needs
Health IT tools are instrumental in helping Medicaid providers manage population health and meet the high socioeconomic needs of complex patients.(Health IT Analytics) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Solving North Carolina ’s $14 billion Medicaid puzzle
North Carolina ’s Medicaid program is about to undergo its most drastic change in more than four decades. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 23, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Direct Provider Contracting Models - Request for Information
CMS is seeking broad input on direct provider contracting (DPC) between payers and primary care or multi-specialty groups to inform potential testing of a DPC model within the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program (Medicare Parts A and B), Medicare Advantage program (Medicare Part C), and Medicaid. Comments are open through May 25, 2018. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Feedback on New Direction Request for Information (RFI) Released, CMS Innovation Center ’s Market-Driven Reforms to Focus on Patient-Centered Care
Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center's New Direction Request for Information sought to collect ideas on how to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms to provide price transparency, reduce costs, improve outcomes, and increase choices and competition to drive quality. The comments submitted in response are now being shared in order to promote transparency and facilitate further discussion on moving the Innovation Center in a new direction. Further comments are sought by May 25, 2018 on direct provider contracting, which would allow providers to take account...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 23, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Colon Cancer Survival Varies by Insurance Type
Patients with Medicaid or no insurance have lower survival versus those with private coverage (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, pays $1.5M in restitution
A Bucks County dentist has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud, and agreed to pay $1.5 million in restitution after he and his company submitted fraudulent claims to the Medicaid Program for dental work that was never performed. Dr. Ilya Babiner, 63, of Langhorne also pleaded guilty to tampering with public records in connection with the fraudulent claims he and his company, General Dentistry Number One, submitted to Medicaid for dental work which was not done at his offices in Feasterville and Philadelphia.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

State and National Fact Sheets: America's Opioid Crisis: The Unseen Impact on Children
American Academy of Pediatrics. 03/29/2018 This Web page provides state-by-state and national fact sheets that examine the intersection of the opioid epidemic, child welfare systems, and child health. These fact sheets also offer policy solutions that can support vulnerable children and families at both the state and federal level. Developed with Casey Family Programs, these fact sheets are the first to synthesize national and state data related to the opioid crisis, child welfare systems, Medicaid, and child health. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Colon Cancer Survival Varies by Insurance Type
FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 -- Compared to patients with private insurance, colon cancer survival is lower for patients with no insurance or with Medicaid, according to a study published in the May issue of Diseases of the Colon& Rectum. Dianne... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Solving North Carolina ’s $14 billion Medicaid puzzle
North Carolina ’s Medicaid program is about to undergo its most drastic change in more than four decades. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection for coverage of certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act and related religious and moral exemptions. Comments are due by May 21, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Health Preparedness for Health Centers: Navigating the Preparedness Landscape
National Health Care for the Homeless Council. 03/08/2018 This 58-minute webinar provides an overview of the value in leveraging health centers in emergencies, discusses preliminary lessons learned from implementation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services emergency preparedness rule, and highlights opportunities for additional training. It discusses the importance of preparedness for community-based health center organizations and clinics, which can be a resource for patients during a pandemic or outbreak and provide support to the mainstream healthcare system. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations
Blog post outlines how state Medicaid ACO programs are addressing the social determinants of health by requiring SDOH interventions, developing risk adjustment strategies, recruiting SDOH-savvy ACOs, and encouraging community partnerships. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Apply to Participate in the 2018 CMS Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures to Receive Improvement Activity Credit for 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study in order to understand the challenges clinicians face in collecting and reporting quality data and to make future recommendations for changes to reduce those burdens and improve data collection. Applications accepted through April 30, 2018. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 18, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative
In Morrison County, Minnesota, an innovative state approach to improving population health is also helping combat the opioid crisis and saving money. The Unity Accountable Community for Health (ACH) initiative has saved the state's Medicaid program $3.8 million over three years by reducing claims for prescription opioid and related drugs. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Six States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Serve the Unique Needs of Children with Special Health Care Needs
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), studied how six states (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia) designed their managed care systems to serve CYSHCN and examine some of their best practices and strategies to meet the needs of these children in this report. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Care Utilization Patterns of Rural Medicaid Recipients, 2012, 35 States (April 2018)
Brief examines inpatient and other institutional encounters among individuals enrolled in Medicaid prior to expansion in 2014, using enrollment and claims data from the Medicaid Analytic Extract Files. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Characteristics of Rural Medicaid Recipients, 2012, 35 States (April 2018)
The purpose of this brief is to examine the characteristics of Medicaid enrollees prior to Medicaid expansion in 2014, using enrollment and claims data from the Medicaid Analytic Extract Files. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tackling Opioid and Substance Use Disorders in Medicare, Medicaid, and Human Services Programs
April 19, 2018 10:00am ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Care Coordination for Children With Special Needs in Medicaid: Lessons From Medicare
Study provides actionable recommendations for improving care coordination programs for children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) in Medicaid managed care. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Improving the Ability of Medicare and Medicaid to Provide Care for Patients
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce. 04/11/2018 This two-day Congressional hearing, held on April 11 and 12, 2018, is aimed at advancing targeted, timely, and bipartisan legislative solutions to help combat the opioid crisis. It discusses 34 bills that seek to improve the roles Medicaid and Medicare can play in helping combat the crisis. The bills include provisions to remove barriers to treatment, improve data to identify and help at-risk patients, and provide incentives for greater care coordination and enhanced care. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Med...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From DNV GL-Healthcare (DNV GL) for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program; Notice
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on an application from DNV GL-Healthcare to continue as a national accrediting organization for hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid programs. Comments on whether or not requirements for hospital certification set forth by DNV GL-Healthcare meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals are due by May 17, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS, CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019; Rule
Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of a final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. Includes information on risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, cost-sharing parameters, user fees, and flexibility to States to apply the definition of essential health benefits to their markets, among other things. The final rule will go into effect on June 18, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 17, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Health care organization with NM presence completes merger
The governing boards of two nonprofits focused on health care quality, HealthInsight and Qualis Health, have approved an agreement to merge the two organizations and their operations. The merger takes effect Monday, according to a news release. Both Salt Lake City-based HealthInsight and Qualis, based in Seattle, have worked on health care quality consulting and providing quality improvement services for more than 40 years. The organizations contract with the Centers for Medic are& Medicaid Services, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 16, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Rachel Sams Source Type: news

Health care organization with NM presence completes merger
The governing boards of two nonprofits focused on health care quality, HealthInsight and Qualis Health, have approved an agreement to merge the two organizations and their operations. The merger takes effect Monday, according to a news release. Both Salt Lake City-based HealthInsight and Qualis, based in Seattle, have worked on health care quality consulting and providing quality improvement services for more than 40 years. The organizations contract with the Centers for Medic are& Medicaid Services, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rachel Sams Source Type: news

Physician-led health plan partners with CCPN ahead of NC Medicaid reform
Amid North Carolina ’s move to Medicaid managed care from a fee-for-service model, which is slated for implementation in 2019, a physician-led health plan has partnered with Community Care Physician Network. CCPN – an integrated physician network established by Community Care of North Carolina – has inked a new agreement with MeridianHealth, a family-owned group of health plans based in Michigan and Illinois. Meridian plans to respond to the request for proposal currently being developed by… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meaningful Use 2018: Requirements and How to Reach Those Hard to Hit Measures
April 19, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. Webinar will discuss the 2018 measure requirements, reporting period, and options for KY Medicaid Meaningful Use. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Project Title: Quality Measure Development and Maintenance for CMS Programs Serving Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees and Medicaid-Only Enrollees: Improving or Maintaining Mental Health in Younger Dual Eligible Adults
The Call for Public Comment period opens on April 13, 2018 and closes on May 10, 2018. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment on a revision of a currently approved collection for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery (OAS CAHPS) Survey. The survey is used to provide quality of care information to consumers and to inform quality improvement efforts for healthcare facilities. Comments are due by June 15, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 16, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS approves expanded MRI coverage for CRM patients
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have finalized a plan that will cover magnetic resonance imaging scans for patients with implanted cardiac devices, including pacemakers, cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, according to a MedPage Today report. The finalized decision, which was released in January, will allow Medicare patients with MR-conditional devices to have their MRI scans covered by the national healthcare program. Patients with non-MR-conditional devices will also be reimbursed, but only when the MRI machine is 1.5 Tesla or less in normal operating mode, accordin...
Source: Mass Device - April 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Imaging Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Source Type: news

CMS updates MRI coverage for cardiac device patients
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a plan...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Groups ask CMS to reconsider NaF-PET coverage SNMMI urges CMS to classify radiotracers as drugs CMS delay of decision support creates opportunities VA, CMS team up to tackle healthcare fraud CMS to ease rules for MRI scans of implantable devices (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 13, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Improving the Ability of Medicare and Medicaid to Provide Care for Patients
Recording of an April 2018 hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting public comment on an information collection for the request for certification in Medicare and Medicaid programs for providers of outpatient physical therapy and/or speech-language pathology which is used to determine if the provider conditions of participation are met. Comments are due by May 14, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Work Requirements in Medicaid: How We Got Here
(MedPage Today) -- UVA policy scholar reviews the program's history (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - April 12, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Key Questions about Medicaid Payment for Services in " Institutions for Mental Disease "
This brief answers key questions about the nature and history of the Medicaid institutions for mental disease (IMDs) payment exclusion and identifies current administrative and legislative issues to watch. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Opioid Epidemic and Medicaid's Role in Facilitating Access to Treatment
Based on data from the 2016 NSDUH, this brief describes nonelderly adults with opioid addiction, including their demographic characteristics and insurance statuses, and compares receipt of various treatment services among those with Medicaid to those with private insurance and those who are uninsured. It also describes Medicaid financing for opioid treatment and the ways in which Medicaid promotes access to treatment for enrollees with opioid addiction. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medicaid: Opportunities for Improving Program Oversight
CMS has taken steps to improve Medicaid program integrity and reduce improper payments; however, GAO has identified areas where additional, or continued, action could help strengthen program integrity and ensure beneficiaries'access to services. These actions include improving data quality, oversight, and federal-state collaboration. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Feds give Kansas, Missouri more say in health insurance
A final rule approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would give Kansas and Missouri broader authority to define health insurance plans. The rule, passed Monday, would give insurers and states more flexibility in selecting what essential health benefits plans must include. It also adds exemptions to the individual mandate and gives states the ability to review network standards for qualified health plans, which previously was a tas k for the federal government. “Too many… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Feds give Kansas, Missouri more say in health insurance
A final rule approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would give Kansas and Missouri broader authority to define health insurance plans. The rule, passed Monday, would give insurers and states more flexibility in selecting what essential health benefits plans must include. It also adds exemptions to the individual mandate and gives states the ability to review network standards for qualified health plans, which previously was a tas k for the federal government. “Too many… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Titan Spine touts NanoLock research review publication
Titan Spine today touted results from a research review of spinal implant surface technology, including its NanoLock surface tech, touting its ability to improve osteogenic response. The review was published in the journal Spine, the Mequon, Wisc.-based company said. The NanoLock surface technology features micro and nano-scaled architecture the company claims can improve osteogenic responses. The technology has received clearance from the FDA and has received a new technology category designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The article, written by Titan Spine chief medical officer Dr. Paul Slosa...
Source: Mass Device - April 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Clinical Trials Spinal Titan Spine Source Type: news

McLean kidney care company raises $11 million
McLean-based kidney care delivery startup Somatus Inc. has raised $11 million in Series B funding, the company announced Wednesday. Boston-based Flare Capital Partners led the round, with participation from Falls Church-based Inova Health System, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and a new innovation firm founded by Andy Slavitt, the former interim chief of the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services under the Obama administration. The new financing will be used to improve the company’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Wake Forest Baptist makes steps to retain Medicare contract, but has issues still to resolve
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has made progress toward securing its Medicare contract after a federal review earlier this year found several patients received wrong diagnoses because of a lack of laboratory oversight. However, there are other issues Wake Forest Baptist still needs to fix over the next two months in order to retain its ability to bill Medicare. The medical center said Wednesday that it has received a letter from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services informing the medical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Governors' Proposed Budgets for FY 2019: Focus on Medicaid and Other Health Priorities
This issue brief provides Medicaid highlights from governors'proposed budgets for state fiscal year (FY) 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 in most states). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why the CEO of WellCare got a pay raise in 2017
The 2017 pay package for Ken Burdick, CEO of WellCare Health Plans Inc., topped $11.3 million, a 22 percent increase from 2016. Burdick’s compensation increase reflects a year of “outstanding performance” at WellCare (NYSE: WCG), a Tampa-based managed health care provider that focuses on government-sponsored plans such as Medicare and Medicaid. The company’s stock price jumped 46.7 percent in 2017, revenue increase d 19.5 percent to $17 billion, total assets increased 36 percent, and cash… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Margie Manning Source Type: news

Why the CEO of WellCare got a pay raise in 2017
The 2017 pay package for Ken Burdick, CEO of WellCare Health Plans Inc., topped $11.3 million, a 22 percent increase from 2016. Burdick’s compensation increase reflects a year of “outstanding performance” at WellCare (NYSE: WCG), a Tampa-based managed health care provider that focuses on government-sponsored plans such as Medicare and Medicaid. The company’s stock price jumped 46.7 percent in 2017, revenue increase d 19.5 percent to $17 billion, total assets increased 36 percent, and cash… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Margie Manning Source Type: news

Public Inspection: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019: Final Rule
Pre-publication notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. Includes information on risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, cost-sharing parameters, user fees, and flexibility to States to apply the definition of essential health benefits to their markets, among other things. The final rule will go into effect 60 days after official publication of this notice, which is scheduled for April 17, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019: Final Rule
Pre-publication notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule on Federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges and State exchanges on the federal platform. Includes information on risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs, cost-sharing parameters, user fees, and flexibility to States to apply the definition of essential health benefits to their markets, among other things. The final rule will go into effect 60 days after official publication of this notice, which is scheduled for April 17, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news