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CMS official Cindy Mann's departure surprises, saddens her supporters

CMS official Cindy Mann's departure surprises, saddens her supporters

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 19, 2014

Cindy Mann's planned departure next month from her post as the CMS' deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Services (CMCS) surprised healthcare stakeholders who know her and are familiar with her work.

ACA leaves a gap between dental, medical coverage

By Bob Herman  |  December 13, 2014

Even though teeth and gums are just as much a part of the human body as kidneys, they are covered very differently by the American health insurance system.

Little action expected on CHIP funding by year-end

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 02, 2014

Legislative action appears unlikely on the Children's Health Insurance Program during Congress' current lame duck session, despite ongoing pleas from advocates that federal funding for the program be extended as quickly as possible.

Ebola, immigration will dominate lame-duck session of Congress

Ebola, immigration will dominate lame-duck session of Congress

By Paul Demko  |  November 15, 2014

Healthcare lobbyists are hoping that Capitol Hill and the White House will find time to settle some long-standing problems like permanently fixing the physician pay schedule during Congress' four-week lame-duck session.

SGR, CHIP fixes potentially on lame-duck agenda, but prospects look slim

SGR, CHIP fixes potentially on lame-duck agenda, but prospects look slim

By Paul Demko  |  November 12, 2014

The only major task likely to get done during the four-week lame-duck session will be to provide continuing funding for the federal government, which is slated to run out of money Dec. 11. But that isn't stopping healthcare groups from pushing for action.

MACPAC unsure about extending higher Medicaid pay rates

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 31, 2014

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) say there is not enough data on the impact of increasing Medicaid payment rates for primary-care services to recommend that Congress extend the provision.

Medicaid managers seek ways to pay for costly specialty drugs

Medicaid managers seek ways to pay for costly specialty drugs

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 25, 2014

Medicaid managed-care plan operators are looking for a way to pay for high-priced specialty drugs such as Sovaldi and Harvoni, the $1,000-per-pill treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat hepatitis C.

Medicaid managed-care enrollment expected to soar

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 23, 2014

Thanks to Medicaid expansion and a greater push from some conservative states looking to reduce healthcare costs, enrollment of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries in managed care will increase by 13.5 million by 2016, according to a new report from consulting firm...

Data Points for Sept. 29, 2014

Data Points for Sept. 29, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 27, 2014

Data Points for the week of Sept. 29, 2014, covered the following topics: Wellness, costs of cardiac telemetry, antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, Medicaid

New Medicaid recipients happy with care, unsure how to re-enroll

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 24, 2014

Newly enrolled Medicaid beneficiaries are generally happy with the coverage they have received despite some access-to-care issues, according to focus group findings prepared for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

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