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.
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.
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.
Many states are struggling to re-enroll adults and children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, with hundreds of thousands of current beneficiaries at risk of losing coverage, advocates say.
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.
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.
A multi-year decrease in the number of children without health insurance has begun to slow, a report found, raising questions as to what role the results of Tuesday's midterm elections may play in future efforts to expand coverage.
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 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.
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 the week of Sept. 29, 2014, covered the following topics: Wellness, costs of cardiac telemetry, antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, Medicaid
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.