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]

Context Matters: Steps for Success in Evidence-based Policy Making

Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying that he never failed. He merely had found 10,000 ways that don’t work. For all of his genius, he was not alone in this regard. When researchers from the University of Virginia attempted to repeat 100 psychological experiments from published journals, they were only able to obtain the same results as the original one-third of the time. Likewise, the biopharmaceutical company Amgen repeated more than 50 landmark studies in cancer biology over the course of a decade, but were only able to replicate the results of six of them. [More]

SAMHSA Opioid Grant

SAMHSA, or the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is offering nearly $1 billion to states over a two-year period to earn much needed funds to help fight the opioid epidemic (https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/ti-17-014.pdf). [More]