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VDH corrects undercount of COVID-19 hospitalizations in children

| Oct 20, 2021 | Virginia

An undercount of COVID-19 hospitalizations in children on the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) COVID-19 dashboard has been corrected. VDH officials attributed the miscount to a code error.      On Monday, the dashboard showed 380 total hospitalizations for children under 18 during the pandemic.  These hospitalization numbers were part...[ Read More ]

Promoting high quality health care: updates from DMAS’ Office of Value-Based Purchasing

| Oct 19, 2021 | Virginia

As the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) continues to adjust to an influx of new beneficiaries throughout the pandemic, the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program leadership is driving conversations on value-based purchasing models of care to improve health outcomes and affordability.      DMAS’ Office of Value-Based Purchasing (OVBP) oversees financial...[ Read More ]

Virginia Department of Health announces updates to vaccine dashboards

| Oct 15, 2021 | Virginia

Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that data about boosters and third doses have been added to its vaccine dashboards. This enhancement to the dashboards is another step in VDH’s continued efforts to provide timely and accurate information in a transparent way to the public about our COVID-19...[ Read More ]

Virginia’s inconsistent mandatory outpatient treatment system and how to fix it, according to experts

| Oct 14, 2021 | Virginia

Behavioral health continues to be one of Virginia’s top health priorities, both in the Legislature and for advocates across the Commonwealth. Solutions to workforce shortages at inpatient behavioral health facilities continue to proceed through the legislature. On the other side, advocates say more work can be done to improve mandatory...[ Read More ]

Commissioner updates Legislature on 1332 reinsurance waiver ahead of January 2022 deadline

| Oct 13, 2021 | Virginia

Virginia’s reinsurance program is projected to reduce premium rates by 15.6% in the individual market starting in 2023, Commissioner of Insurance Scott White told legislators at last week’s Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight meeting. That’s contingent on the approval of the 1332 State Innovation Waiver , which...[ Read More ]

DMAS prepares for post-public health emergency Medicaid disenrollment

| Oct 12, 2021 | Virginia

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is currently preparing for the impending end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration, which will instigate a lengthy eligibility redetermination process for one in five Virginians who currently benefit from Medicaid.      DMAS Director Karen Kimsey provided an update on...[ Read More ]

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