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]

Learning from Edison’s Mistakes

By providing opportunities for authentic engagement, course designers can ensure that online learning is more effective than the failed educational technology tools of the past. Shortly after the turn of the century, a new technology promised to disrupt education with its ability to give students across the country access to low-cost, standardized curricular content in a highly engaging format. [More]

A Sure Bet in Nevada: Effective Online Professional Development

In order to better prepare students for colleges and careers, schools are increasingly focusing on math and science education. To do this, teachers must be equipped with the skills and content knowledge necessary to ensure student success in these fields. Professional development in math and science have thus become a top priority across the educational landscape, and that is why the State of Nevada has established the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) to help train teachers in these fields. [More]

Found in Translation

For PCG blended learning specialist Michael Weinraub, creating effective online professional development for teachers isn’t simply a matter of putting existing resources on a digital platform. It’s about making something new. As an education instructor at Pace University in New York City in the early 2000s, Michael Weinraub had a front-row seat to the early days of online and blended instruction for teachers. [More]

Gearing up for SXSWedu 2017

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is very pleased to be returning to SXSWedu, the iconic education conference in Austin, Texas, in March. We are excited to once again bring together thought leaders and experts from across the country to highlight innovation, best practices, and collaboration across a breadth of fields. In particular, we look forward to the trio of sessions that will feature our colleagues and partners. The first, Engaging the Community, will highlight My Brother’s Keeper, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of our youth. [More]

CMS issues final 2018 Marketplace guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 (NBPP) and its 2018 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (Letter) on December 16, 2016. As is typical, the NBPP addresses a breadth of issues relative to health plan regulation as well as Marketplace operations. The Letter provides operational and technical guidance for issuers seeking to offer Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Standalone Dental Plans (SADPs) on Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) and State-Based Marketplaces on the Federal Platform (SBM-FPs). [More]

CMS finalizes rules on episode payment models

On January 3, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules on new Medicare episode payment models (EPMs) to be implemented on July 1, 2017. The EPMs are designed to encourage participating hospitals to devise strategies to improve discharge planning, adherence to treatment and medication regimens, and coordination among all providers and suppliers, in order to upgrade quality of care and to reduce overall Medicare spending. [More]

Child Welfare team partners with Casey Family Programs

In response to a growing number of Native American tribes obtaining planning grants from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), PCG’s Child Welfare/Youth Services team has partnered with Casey Family Programs in supporting approval to run their own child welfare system. The planning grant must be used to develop and implement a child welfare system unique to tribal issues and needs. [More]

#PCGCares: Giving back in 2016

December 2016 marks PCG’s 30th anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, and to offer some humble thanks to our clients and the communities we serve, PCG embarked on a yearlong “30 for 30” initiative to give back to those in need.

Our “30 for 30” campaign was comprised of two core pieces: local community service projects implemented by offices across the firm and six, bi-monthly donations of $30,000 each. The yearlong initiative culminated with a surprise announcement from PCG’s Founder and CEO, Bill Mosakowski, pledging $30 donations on behalf of every employee who selected one of six organizations supported by PCG through the years. [More]

CMS announces expansions in value-based payment programs

On December 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced upcoming application opportunities to participate in its on-going Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) and Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) demonstration programs. Both announcements outline a series of challenging steps scheduled for 2017 aimed at broadly expanding participation in these innovative programs by January 2018. The CPC+ program is designed to align Medicare, state Medicaid agencies, and commercial insurance payers to achieve more comprehensive, coordinated primary and preventive care, especially for patients with complex medical or behavioral health needs. Participating providers can qualify for incentive payments related to clinical quality/patient experience metrics as well as utilization/cost containment metrics. [More]