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Legislators focus on vaccinating Medicaid population, kids in Maryland

| Nov 17, 2021 | Maryland

Conversations on equitable distribution and vaccinating kids were at the forefront of the Maryland Senate Vaccine Oversight Work Group meeting on Monday. The work group, which Senate President Bill Ferguson (D - Baltimore City) convened in January 2021, monitors the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state and discusses efforts to...[ Read More ]

Legislature to take action after Maryland behavioral health providers reach second year of unprocessed claims from Optum and MDH

| Nov 11, 2021 | Maryland

“Fiasco,” “debacle,” and “administrative nightmare” were among the words behavioral health providers and legislators used to describe the ongoing claims reconciliation process with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and its system vendor, Optum, at the House Health and Human Services Subcommittee meeting last week.     Optum’s system officially...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Johns Hopkins' Margaret Moon, MD, on kids and the COVID vaccine

| Nov 8, 2021 | Maryland

Margaret Moon, MD, is the co-director, pediatrician-in-chief, and director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. On Oct. 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a smaller dose of the...[ Read More ]

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield retains 99% of employees after vaccine mandate

| Nov 5, 2021 | Maryland, Virginia

Brian D. Pieninck, president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, announced the company’s successful implementation of its COVID-19 vaccine requirement, which ended this week. CareFirst is the largest insurer in the mid-Atlantic region, covering over 3.5 million members across Washington D.C, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.     In August, CareFirst...[ Read More ]

MDH announces Medicaid rate increases for home and community-based services

| Nov 4, 2021 | Maryland

Increased Medicaid rates for Maryland’s home and community-based services (HCBS) are going into effect, the Department of Health (MDH) announced this week. HCBS programs provide patient-centered care to individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental diabetes and behavioral health needs.     The HCBS increases are as follows: A 5.5 %...[ Read More ]

5 slides: Bending the Rx cost curve

| Nov 4, 2021 | Maryland, Virginia

Panelists with diverse expertise and perspectives on biosimilar medicine came together to discuss how to increase the accessibility and affordability of these medications at State of Reform’s Virginia and Maryland “5 Slides” conversation on Tuesday. Spearheading the conversation were Robert Popovian, PharmD, senior health policy fellow at the Progressive Policy...[ Read More ]

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