US Virgin Islands Added to PCG Technology Consulting's Portfolio

The Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) is developing and implementing a modernized Integrated Eligibility System that will facilitate enrollment into coverage and determine consumer eligibility for all human services programs and subsidies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Territory consists of four islands physically located in the Caribbean between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean; St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island. The GVI has selected PCG to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services through system implementation. [More]

PCG Technology Consulting Continues to Add IT MSAs to its Portfolio across the Country

PCG Technology Consulting now has 18 state IT Blanket contracts across the country. The most recent addition followed the Tennessee Department of General Services (DGS) evaluation that saw PCG added to the DGS list of preferred IT vendors. TC now holds a contract for Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services and for Systems Planning services with the state. This is the seventh state to select TC for its IV&V experience. [More]

CMMI Announces $666 Million in State Health Care Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced on December 16, 2014 that it is authorizing $623 million in “model testing” awards to 11 states and $43 million in “model design” awards to 17 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia. CMMI has approved the awards under section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These “model testing” and “model design” awards complete “round two” in CMMI’s State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative. [More]

CMS Issues Final Rule Re: Hospital-Specific Limitation

In the December 3, 2014 Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 71679), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule authorizing a service-specific basis for defining the uninsured, for the purpose of determining the hospital-specific limitation on disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

Under section 1923(g) of the Social Security Act, DSH payments to hospitals are limited to the uncompensated costs of providing hospital services to individuals who are Medicaid eligible or have no health insurance (or other source of third party coverage) for the services furnished during the year. [More]

CMS Proposes Changes in Medicare ACO Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules in the December 8, 2014 Federal Register on accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) under section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the MSSP, Medicare providers and suppliers that participate in a qualifying ACO receive traditional Medicare Part A and Part B fee-for-service payments, the ACO drives collaboration, and the ACO has an opportunity to earn “shared savings” bonus payments for each ACO “performance period” if it achieves MSSP savings targets and performance standards under quality measures for that period. [More]

Ed Tech Vendor’s Sale of Student Records Highlights Privacy Protection Concerns

A December 9, 2014 Education Week article reports that millions of student records maintained by a K-12 education technology (Ed Tech) vendor were sold to other companies when the vendor went bankrupt. The student records included personally identifiable information (PII) such as students’ names, dates of birth, test scores, disabilities, home and email addresses, and phone numbers. According to the article, the vendor’s policy was to delete any records containing PII prior to any sale; however the data destruction did not occur because the bankrupt vendor no longer had employees to perform the work. [More]

ED Awards 18 Preschool Development Grants

In a December 10, 2014 press statement, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the award of preschool development grants to 18 states. The grant program is jointly administered by ED and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is intended to assist states in the development or expansion of high-quality preschool programs in regionally diverse communities. Out of 36 state applicants, 5 will receive development grants and 13 will receive expansion grants. [More]

OCR Provides Guidance on Avoiding Sex Discrimination in Single-Sex Classes

On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to K-12 schools that choose to implement single-sex classes. Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. ED regulations authorize schools to offer single-sex classes and extracurricular activities under specified circumstances. [More]