HMS June Physician Newsletter Now Available Online

The Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) Physician Newsletter for June 2012 is now posted on the HMS website.  Check out our new look and stay tuned for even greater changes on the horizon!

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“First Five” Brings CareCentrix, Jobs To Connecticut

Home health benefits management firm CareCentrix became the latest company to receive assistance under Connecticut’s “First Five” economic development initiative which provides incentives to businesses that create jobs.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced CareCentrix will receive $24 million in state grants over five years if it complies with keeping the firm’s existing 213 employees and adding 290 more positions by 2017.

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NAHC: Health Reform Can & Should Be Improved

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) says they will continue to push for a delay in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. NAHC believes the PPACA can and should be improved and opposes co-payments and added reimbursement cuts.

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Med Schools Shift Focus

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsAs the health care system shifts toward a more patient-centered and outcomes-based models, medical schools and residency programs are rethinking the traditional medical curriculum, exploring how to train the next generation of physicians to practice in the medical home.  Several have already begun testing new instructional models or are revamping their course of study to educate trainees on the medical home concept.

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Progressive Action Needed To Ensure Medicaid Reimbursement

Though the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) yesterday, it struck a provision that threatens states with the loss of their existing Medicaid funding if the states declined to comply with the expansion.

The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed.

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Supreme Court Decision Saves Connecticut Millions

HMS Healthcare Manageemnt SolutionsThe U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) means each and every American will be mandated to purchase health insurance in 2014. The decision will also help Connecticut’s state budget through continued contributions to the state’s Medicaid program by the federal government.

Connecticut was the first state to participate in a provision of federal health reform which allows it to receive a higher federal reimbursement for its Medicaid population. Though the state previously funded the program on its own, the federal government will begin picking up the tab in 2014.

Click here to read more from state officials as Connecticut reacts to the Supreme Court decision.

Obama Hails Supreme Court Decision

Earlier today, President Obama hailed the Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA), saying the politically divisive measure will improve health care for millions of Americans who have insurance and expand coverage to millions who don’t.

“Today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.”