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April 16, 2012
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PCIP Too Successful for Brokers
Yes It Does, No It Doesn’t!
ACOs—Starting to Catch On?
Follow the Money
Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig
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PCIP Too Successful for Brokers

On April 13, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) announced that effective May 1, 2012, the federally operated PCIP program would be discontinuing their practice of paying licensed agents and brokers for client referrals made to the program. This decision will not impact state-operated PCIP plan payments to brokers, nor will it impact referral payments on cases placed with PCIP prior to May 1. In addition, effective May 1, PCIP will no longer accept letters from providers as evidence of an individual having a catastrophic medical condition, which is one of the requirements for PCIP participation. Read More

Yes It Does, No It Doesn’t!

Did you hear those loud squabbling noises coming from Northern Virginia and the White House early last week? In case you missed it, or if you have young children and are used to tuning out bickering sounds, here’s what happened.  Read More

ACOs—Starting to Catch On?

On April 10, the Obama administration announced that 27 new groups would be forming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). According to the administration, these entities “will be responsible for improving care for nearly 375,000 beneficiaries in eighteen states through better coordination among providers.”  Read More

Follow the Money

Ever wonder who is getting the money appropriated to implement the healthcare reform law? The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is getting a large chunk of change, but it turns out they are giving a big portion of that money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) according to media reports last week.  Read More

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

Congress returns to DC this week after a two-week spring break. The Senate gets back to work on Monday and the House on Tuesday for a two-week “work” period. Both the Senate and the House are scheduled to be in recess again the week of April 30.  Read More

What We’re Reading

From new blogs by old friends to a calculator that lets you make your own tax code (really!), here's what we've discovered this week. Read More

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