Week of December 11

Personal Care Services Under Medicaid – Inspector General’s Report

November HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report, Personal Care Services – Trends, Vulnerabilities, and Recommendations for Improvement.
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CMS Bulletin on Medicaid Coverage and Service Design for Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders

December 3 CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) bulletin.
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GAO Report States that Consumer Protections for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid Varies

December 5 GAO (Government Accountability Office) report.
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Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Taxonomy Online Training

On December 3, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS, announced Medicaid HCBS taxonomy online training developed by NASUAD (National Association of States United for Aging and Disability).
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Arkansas-Nevada-New York: State Health Insurance Exchange Profiles

Updated December 4 National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) exchange profiles.
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Consumer Choice of Exchange Health Plans

A Pacific Business Group on Health report shared December 7 by the National Academy for State Health Policy.
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Federal-State Health Exchange Partnerships – TasksA Manatt Health Solutions report shared December 7 by the National

Academy for State Health Policy.
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Medical Homes Impact on Outcomes – Insufficient Evidence – According to November 27 Annals of Internal Medicine

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Medical Homes Impact – More Encouraging Studies – According to December 3 PCPCC Statement

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) statement summarizing more recent studies.
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Health IT – ONC National “Dashboard”

On December 7, ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT) announced its updated Health IT dashboard providing location, funding amount, and profiles of its HITECH grant programs.
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Social Security Administration (SSA) Announces New Disability Compassionate Allowances

See the December 6 SSA announcement here.

American Enterprise Institute – “Trim the Entitlement Machine with Disability Reform”

The December 5 AEI sharing of its Washington Post commentary.
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VA Inspection Report – Inpatient and Residential Programs for Female Veterans with Mental Health Conditions

See December 4 Veterans Administration report here.