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PCG Acquires Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc. (HZA)

Boston, MA.  March 20, 2018 – Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) announced today that its public sector research and IT solutions practice is growing with the acquisition of Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc. (HZA). 

Based in  Troy, New York and with offices in three states, HZA is a leader in using rigorous analysis to answer questions posed by government and non-profit agencies. Its work encompasses the fields of child welfare, public health, mental health, substance abuse, courts, adult and juvenile corrections, and early childhood and family support. 

21. March 2018
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    CMS Expands Coverage Flexibility for Medicare Advantage Plans

    On April 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued instructions to Medicare Advantage plans encouraging more flexible service coverage policies in such plans for 2019. Such capitated plans cover the same services as traditional, fee-for-service Medicare, plus supplemental benefits adopted by the plan with CMS approval. Under the new CMS instructions, any Medicare Advantage plan would have additional flexibility to cover supplemental benefits to compensate for physical impairments, diminish the impact of injuries or health conditions, and/or reduce avoidable emergency room utilization.

    • 6. April 2018
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    GAO recommends improved Medicaid waiver evaluations

    On February 20, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending changes in federal policies and procedures governing state-operated Medicaid demonstration waiver projects.  These projects represent the leading edge in state Medicaid innovation as well as over $109 billion in federal Medicaid spending annually. GAO found in its review of these projects that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not always demanded thorough, scientifically valid, and timely data evaluations as to whether the projects achieved state-specified, CMS-approved goals to improve care and to contain costs.  

    • 2. March 2018
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    President Signs Bipartisan Budget Act

    On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.  The new law reauthorizes federal funding for many health programs, modifies scheduled reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) allotments to states, tightens third party liability (TPL) billing requirements, and updates requirements affecting Medicare Advantage plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and providers’ adoption of telehealth.

    • 15. February 2018
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    Congress reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program

    On January 22, 2018, Congress reauthorized funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2023. The CHIP provisions are included as the Healthy Kids Act under H.R. 195, Division C.  Division B extends a short-term continuing resolution (CR), which was necessary to reverse a three-day federal government shut-down. Division D affects certain health care related taxes established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President signed the bill into law on January 22. 

    • 25. January 2018