CMS Announces New Medicare/Medicaid Demonstration Projects

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two large-scale demonstration projects on January 27 designed to test the potential of exemplary practices in care coordination, pay-for-performance, and health information technology to drive improvements in quality and efficiency of care. Over 130,000 Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina and Indiana will be served under the two projects. [More]

Senate Passes Health Care Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate passed health care reform legislation by a 60-39 vote on December 24. Many amendments to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were added shortly before passage to spur innovation and reform in the health care delivery system. Beyond the health insurance provisions debated over much of the last year, the Senate legislation now contains provisions authorizing: [More]

Senate Healthcare Bill Faces Several Hurdles

A Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report issued on December 11 warned "that costs will keep going up" under the Senate healthcare bill and that proposed Medicare savings "could lead to cuts in services". The report did say that the bill "would provide coverage to 93 percent of US residents, reducing the number of uninsured people by about 33 million". [More]

Pressures Mounting for State Child Welfare Agencies

With the unemployment rates the highest in the last 26 years, the impact on child welfare agencies has been dramatic. The number of abuse and neglect complaints has increased by 35 percent in most metropolitan areas and the number of removals has also soared for many states. Child advocates have voiced concern in states where the child fatality rate for cases of abuse and neglect have doubled or tripled over previous years. [More]