In January, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to move to a voluntary all-payer accountable care organization model, the CMS announced Wednesday. The Vermont program is modeled after a similar one from Maryland, but the Maryland program covers only hospitals.
The Obama administration announced continued progress toward meeting its goal of tying half of all healthcare payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2018. The agency also answered providers' calls for more opportunities to participate in alternative models.
President Barack Obama last week offered suggestions for improving his signature healthcare reform law while saying it has had many successes and is slowed mostly by political gamesmanship.
The CMS has granted Washington state preliminary approval to overhaul its Medicaid program. As part of the five-year waiver, for which it will receive $1.5 billion in federal funding, the state will launch delivery-system reform initiatives, leverage partnerships between providers and social groups...
A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that banned the state's Medicaid program from spending money with any healthcare provider that offers abortions.
The agency has received nearly 1,800 comments on the waiver that includes job-requirement and cost-sharing provisions. In comparison, Ohio's recent request generated 103 comments, while Arizona's drew 98 comments.
Under the proposed waiver, the state of Washington will focus on the social needs of its Medicaid population and leverage partnerships between providers and social support groups in an attempt to improve patients' quality of care.
November's gubernatorial and state legislative races in a number of states carry high stakes for millions of Americans who either could gain coverage under Medicaid expansion or lose coverage under any rollback. Those outcomes could be affected by the presidential race.
A judge has ruled that Wisconsin health officials went too far trying to recoup Medicaid payments from dozens of independent nurses who care for severely disabled patients in their homes.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has highlighted extra benefits under Iowa's new Medicaid program to show the privatized system functions better than the former state-run setup, but the agency overseeing Medicaid acknowledges it knows little about how the so-called value-added services are actually working...
Mental health parity in insurance coverage won't overcome the barriers to access presented by providers who continue to reject third-party reimbursement.
For the most part, the U.S. healthcare system treats oral health and medical health as separate areas of care, but some providers are going against the grain and seeing profound benefits for patients.