Health Policy News March 2016

March was another big month in Federal health policy – with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issuing final guidance on the 2017 certification standards for Qualified Health ...

Behavioral Health’s Move Toward Value-Based Purchasing

“Alternative payment models are not an option for behavioral health providers,” Arizona Medicaid Director Tom Betlach said, “They are your growth strategy.” Betlach’s point was very clear and it resonated ...

CCBHC Is The Start of Something Good!

CCBHCs! That’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers, for those not familiar with the billion dollar investment that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will soon make to state behavioral ...

The Science of Addiction

Research presented by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at NatCon used brain imaging to dramatically illustrate how addiction changes brain function.  Dr. Volkow’s research ...

Supreme Court issues decision on major health care case

Members of PCG Health’s Health Innovation Policy Information Technology (HIPIT) center of excellence have been keeping an eye on Gobeille vs Liberty Mutual Insurance Company given its direct impact on ...

Health Policy News February 2016

Quality has been top of focus across the health care world.  Whether it be related to coverage, care or other consumer services, there has been ongoing movement to advance quality. ...

Current state of CMS quality rating programs

For Marketplace plans, quality is coming to the forefront as Quality Rating System (QRS) and Quality Improvement Strategy (QIS) requirements are rolled out for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) starting in ...

CMS and AHIP announce alignment in physician quality measures

On February 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced multi-payer alignment and simplification of core quality measures to be used ...

CMMI announces AHC grant opportunities

On January 5, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) soliciting grant applications to test whether identifying health-related social service needs, and ...

PCG’s top health trends to look for in 2016

Year end is a time of reflection, and a time to plan for what’s to come. Here at PCG, our Health team has much to be proud of in 2015: ...

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