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HHSC and HMSA reach new 3-year contract agreement after extended negotiations

| Aug 5, 2022 | Hawaii

Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) and the Hawaiʻi Medical Services Association (HMSA) have reached an agreement for a new 3-year contract, where HHSC will provide health care services for HMSA members.      HHSC is a public hospital system that operates 847 licensed beds in facilities across 3 different islands....[ Read More ]

New opioid recovery pilot program coming to 12 Florida counties

| Aug 5, 2022 | Florida

The Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Children and Families, and the Agency for Health Care Administration are working to launch a network-based opioid recovery pilot program in up to 12 counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Aug. 4th.      Starting this month, Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE)...[ Read More ]

Maryland has spent $2.4 billion in American Rescue Plan funds on health, SDOH services

| Aug 4, 2022 | Maryland

Maryland has spent $2.4 billion (67%) of $3.7 billion the state was allocated through the American Rescue Plan from March 3rd, 2021 through June 30th, 2022. Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Aug. 1st that the state submitted its 2022 American Rescue Plan, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Annual...[ Read More ]

Hawaii hospitals seek emergency rules to address workforce shortages

| Aug 3, 2022 | Hawaii

Workforce shortages exacerbated by the COVID pandemic are pushing Hawaii hospitals to call for emergency rules that would remove licensure barriers for providers coming in from the mainland. If put in place, the rules would last 120 days and allow nurses licensed in other states to come and work in...[ Read More ]

Key takeaways from Florida’s SMMC reprocurement RFI

| Aug 3, 2022 | Florida

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) continues to prepare for the reprocurement process for its Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program this year. Enrollment in Florida Medicaid has continued to increase throughout the pandemic, with over 5.3 million beneficiaries as of June 2022.  In early June, 58 health care...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Carol Steckel, InnovAge

| Aug 2, 2022 | Florida

With her 30 years of experience working with the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Carol Steckel, Executive Vice President of Government Relations at InnovAge, reflects on the transformation of PACE from small-scale, community-based models to state investments that are being replicated across the country.      With...[ Read More ]