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NAMD Announces New Board Leadership

| Apr 28, 2017 | Hawaii

The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is pleased to announce that Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D., Medicaid Director for the state of Hawai’i, is stepping into the role of president of NAMD’s board of directors effective immediately. “We are thrilled to have Judy in this critical role for NAMD because...[ Read More ]

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns Statewide Recognition for Quality and High Performance

| Apr 28, 2017 | Texas

The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance. "We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the...[ Read More ]

Sen. Jeff Kruse: Tracking HB 2339 on in network providers

| Apr 28, 2017 | Oregon

A SHORT JOURNEY INTO THE “WEEDS” I thought it might be informative relative to how this process works to describe the journey of one bill, and for this purpose I have chosen House Bill 2339.  This is a bill dealing with payments to out of network providers in the health...[ Read More ]

Alzheimer's | AHCA vote | Kat Latet

| Apr 26, 2017 | Washington

When we talk about mental health, can we start with the weather? Gawd...  Cliff Mass compares the "atmospheric river" (a real thing, actually) we've been enduring to Darth Vader's Empire and to Jaws for the horror of it all. The photos and predictions will depress you. Hopefully, the 5 Things...[ Read More ]

Dorothy Frost Teeter announces departure from Health Care Authority

| Apr 26, 2017 | Washington

Dorothy Frost Teeter today announced her plan to leave the Health Care Authority (HCA) on June 30, after leading the agency since 2013. “Dorothy’s vision and leadership for a healthier Washington bolstered our state and ensured residents have access to high-quality, affordable health care,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, who appointed...[ Read More ]

St. Mary's Medical Center and Children's Hospital Colorado Form Care Alliance

, | Apr 26, 2017

St. Mary's Medical Center|SCL Health (St. Mary's), the region's top hospital, and Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado), one of the nation's top 10 children's hospitals, announced today they have entered into a formal Care Alliance collaboration to provide children and their families with the highest level of coordinated medical care...[ Read More ]

I've got a gene for Alzheimer's

DJ Wilson | Apr 26, 2017 | Federal

It turns out I have a gene for Alzheimer's Disease. That's the news from 23andMe, a genome testing service that was approved by the FDA this month to inform consumers about the content of their genetic code related to certain disease states.  This approval follows a 2013 FDA letter disallowing...[ Read More ]

Letter: Washington Health Benefit Exchange to Sec. Price

| Apr 26, 2017 | Washington

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange sent a letter earlier this month to Secretary Tom Price about the importance of continuing Cost Sharing Reduction Funding. President Trump suggested that the administration might withhold these subsidies in order to get Democrats to negotiate on healthcare reform, making it difficult for carriers to set...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Briana Duffy

Kylie Walsh | Apr 26, 2017 | Washington

Briana Duffy, senior vice president of Beacon Health Options, joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to discuss fighting behavioral health stigmas. One of the things that we really need to start with is an acceptance campaign, and so really beginning with an anti-stigma and reduction campaign to...[ Read More ]

Texas State Senate Prepares for Obamacare Repeal

| Apr 26, 2017 | Texas

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 2087 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). This legislation provides flexibility for the state to create a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program, depending on upcoming federal action and guidance. "Obamacare has been a disaster from day one," said Sen. Hancock....[ Read More ]