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Federal district court judge strikes down federal rule authorizing association health plans

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia struck down a regulation of the U.S. Department of Labor that permitted small businesses to band together to create association health plans (AHPs) that did not meet the benefits requirements ...

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Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Heightened Scrutiny

The much-awaited guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Heightened Scrutiny was issued on March 22, 2019 (SMD#19-001). In the form of FAQs, the guidance “is designed to ensure that implementation decisions balance the need for robust stakeholder engagement with adminis...

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PCG at SXSW EDU: New insights on “equality,” “equity” -- and what they mean for education

“Equity” and “Equality” are two words that look alike, sound alike, and but for the difference of two letters, would be identical. But when it comes to delivering quality education for all children and young people, they are two words with profoundly different meanings and implications. However, man...

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PCG celebrates Women’s History Month

This March, we proudly participate in the annual celebration of Women’s History Month to honor the many achievements of women throughout history and examine the issues that affect women today. We thank the women of PCG for the productivity, resourcefulness, experience, and perspective they bring to ...

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Highlights from SXSW EDU 2019

PCG staff recently attended one of the education industry’s premier events, SXSW EDU, in Austin, Texas from March 4-7, 2019. After months of hard work and planning, this proved to be our biggest year yet. PCG kicked things off by hosting an exclusive dinner event on Monday, March 4th and sponsoring ...

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Arizona Appeals Court voids state law provisions allowing hospitals to impose liens on Medicaid injured recipients

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, a three-judge panel of the Arizona Appeals Court held that Arizona statutes that allowed hospitals to impose liens on Arizona Medicaid recipients who suffered accidents in order to recover the difference between the Medicaid payments and the hospitals’ costs violated Fede...

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PCG at SXSW EDU: The transformational power of “presuming competence” in every student we teach

A friend of mine has what would be considered a significant disability: Mindy uses a wheelchair, has limited mobility, and communicates primarily by utilizing device she controls with the movement of her eyes to create text and speech output. She requires assistance from others to eat, get dressed, ...

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PCG supports career readiness through Chicago Public Schools Job Shadow Day

For Ryan Witt, Senior Operations Analyst at PCG, it was a positive change of pace to welcome eight local high school students to PCG’s Chicago office for a recent Job Shadow Day. For the third consecutive year, PCG had juniors and seniors from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) focusing on careers in entr...

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PCG Cares…about improving lives

In January, members of PCG Cares in Albany, Glen Allen, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Troy worked with local organizations to sort and prepare lunches, care packages, and donations to help populations in need. Read on for more details of these inspiring stories in our round-up below. In January, members ...

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CMS offers new model for emergency medical triage and transportation

On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), outlined a new model for emergency medical triage, treatment, and transportation services. CMS will offer Medicare reimbursement through the new model to transport patients...

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