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January 22, 2014 | Daily News

Thirty-five state Medicaid programs have expanded to reimburse peer-support specialists since 2001, which experts in the mental and substance abuse fields say is a sea-tide of change that could eventually result in validation and creation of a profession that fits well with accountable care organizations and the push for value-based purchasing.

January 21, 2014 | Daily News

Three generic drug companies have come out in support of Washington state biosimilar substitution legislation that includes a prescriber notification requirement, and in doing so have broken ranks with their trade group which charges the bill would hamper competition.

January 15, 2014 | Daily News

A broad-based commission led by former HHS chief Michael Leavitt concludes states are best-positioned to pressure health care stakeholders to shift to a risk-based payment approach and urges governors to leverage their purchasing power in Medicaid and the new insurance exchanges.

January 15, 2014 | Daily News

As part of the National Governors Association's annual “State of the States” address Wednesday (Jan. 15), NGA Chair Mary Fallin (R-OK) and Vice Chair John Hickenlooper (D-CO) discussed states' plans to move forward on developing state-level recommendations for how to cut health care costs and increase quality.

January 10, 2014 | Daily News

Disability advocates are cautiously applauding a final CMS rule out Friday (Jan. 10) that provides states flexibility to offer home and community-based services to target specific populations, sets one national definition for home and community-based settings that could be applied to a HCBS waiver, defines person-centered planning requirements and allows for a five-year transition period.

January 07, 2014 | Daily News

Medicare enrollment in 2012 was the highest in 39 years, and Medicare Advantage accounted for more than half of that, according to an analysis by CMS' Office of the Actuary.

December 30, 2013 | Daily News

Requiring that pregnant women and parents receive the same Medicaid benefits, as recently recommended by Congress' Medicaid advisers, would add Medicaid services in some states, but states might cut back some added maternity benefits, women's health advocates and state Medicaid experts say.