Administrative Action

Immediately upon entering office, President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 20th entitled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” stating his commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and directing administration officials to avail themselves of existing authority to provide flexibility in administration of the ACA. While the Executive Order provided no new authority and made no policy changes itself, it did provide examples of flexibility that should be exercised. [More]

Changing Perception, Changing Reality

Mark Bedell, superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, believes that the district can’t change its story without first telling its story.

When Mark Bedell interviewed last winter to lead the Kansas City Public Schools, he knew that the media narrative surrounding the district was largely negative. But neither he nor local stakeholders entirely blamed the press for the bad rap. [More]

Where is “Prevention” in the ACA Replacement Debate?

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans left out of the health insurance markets, such as low-income parents ineligible for Medicaid or individuals unable to access employer-sponsored coverage. Rightfully, the terms of the ACA “Replacement” debate have been framed around alternative ways for meeting this goal, with most replacement plans distinguished and measured by the various mechanisms they propose to substitute for the insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion measures used by the ACA to improve Americans’ access to health care. [More]

32 days to SXSWedu!

Excitement is mounting as we approach SXSWedu, and it’s all hands on deck here at PCG as we gear up for one of our favorite conferences of the year. We hope you have enjoyed the profiles of the panelists on the Wired for Job Embedded On-line Learning panel, including Michael Weinraub’s Found in Translation, Tom Liam Lynch’s Learning from Edison’s Mistakes, and Kim Frumin’s The Value of Teacher-Led Online Communities. [More]

Public Consulting Group Welcomes Chet Curtis to Education Practice

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Chet Curtis as Manager, Business Development for PCG’s Education practice. Mr. Curtis brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing, telecommunications, education data management and e-learning experience to PCG. Most recently, Mr. Curtis served as President and CEO of Sierra Management International, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Edupoint Educational Systems. [More]

Value Based Purchasing Trends

While uncertainty swirls around Washington, D.C., one aspect of the healthcare marketplace is here to stay: value based purchasing (VBP). With the opportunity to reduce costs and payment variability, while improving the quality of care, commercial payers are continuing the adoption of disruptive payment arrangements. [More]

How Valuable Teachers Find Pepper

As it grows in scope and effectiveness, online learning is going to become a greater part of the professional development landscape. We invite you to join us to discuss this and related issues at the Wired for Job-Embedded Online Learning session. [More]

The Value of Teacher-Led Online Communities

Within the context of an online class, discussions can sometimes feel rote and obligatory. But when teachers themselves lead the conversation, their online professional learning communities come alive. As teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) science courses saw the exams for biology, chemistry, and physics overhauled in the past few years, many were left with few options for in-person professional development to help them retool their teaching. [More]

Inauguration Day – Get up to speed on Medicaid Block Grants

With Inauguration Day upon us, the discussion on the future of healthcare in the US and specifically the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will continue to be a major headline as the new administration focuses its efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ the ACA. While much of the attention has been on the plans of the Republican administration and Republican-led Congress to ‘repeal and replace’ the ACA, the discussion on the future of healthcare in the US has included the possibility for a major shift in the funding for the Medicaid program. [More]