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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI Streamlines Coverage for Teen Mental Health Program, Article by G. Wane Miller, Providence Journal

According to a recent article in the Providence Journal, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is working with Bradley Hospital to grow its “Mindful Teen” program – an outpatient treatment program designed to help teens with a variety of behavioral health issues. In order to support this program, BCBSRI has “simplified authorization requirements for the program and established ‘a single monthly copay’ for the intensive outpatient services […]

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Medicare Advantage Plans Cleared to Go Beyond Medical Coverage – Even Groceries, Article by Susan Jaffe, California HealthLine

According to a recent report by California HealthLine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have permitted Medicare Advantage providers to offer “air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals.” CMS is allowing insurers to offer these services through an expansion of its definition of “primarily health-related benefits.” While the article notes that “many Medicare Advantage plans already offer some health benefits […]

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American Hospital Association Establishes Physician-Hospital Collaboration, Article by Joanne Finnegan, FierceHealthcare

According to an article in FierceHealthcare, The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently launched its AHA Physician Alliance to encourage collaboration between “their hospitals and health systems to transform care and solve problems.” This new alliance will place particular emphasis on ensuring physician voices are heard within rural, underserved health systems. The Margolin Group (TMG) agrees that “good things happen when physicians and hospitals collaborate” and works with clinicians from across […]

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Win⁴RI Partners Continue to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost of Care through Collaborative Programs

In a recent Op-Ed by Dr. Al Puerini, President of Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation (RIPCPC), Dr. Puerini announced that, through collaboration, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and RIPCPC have been able to “save $4 million in 2015 and $8.3 million in 2016, all while achieving a better than 95 percent quality rating from the federal government.” TMG was proud to support Care New England, […]

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Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy Awarded Grant to Expand Veteran Law Clinic

The Margolin Group (TMG) would like to congratulate the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy at Hofstra Law School for its recent award of $500,000 from the Robert W. Entenmann family to expand its Veteran Law Clinic. The Veteran Law Clinic, designed and launched with strategic and tactical program management support from TMG, provides legal assistance to Veterans in the New York metropolitan area by connecting them to vital medical, […]

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Medi-Cal Patients Flocking to ERs More Than Before ACA, Article by Kellen Browning, California Healthline

A recent California Healthline article highlights how California emergency rooms have become overburdened by Medi-Cal patients, with even more utilizing the service than before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect. According to data released by the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Emergency Department (ED) visits by those on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years. Experts explain that the increase of ED use may be an […]

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InTouch, Dignity Health Expand Telehealth Partnership, Article by Heather Mack, Mobile Health News

The Margolin Group (TMG) extends warm congratulations to telehealth solution provider InTouch Health and Dignity Health on a breakthrough expansion of their virtual care services. Leveraging the skills, expertise and unparalleled reputations of both organizations, Dignity Health will introduce InTouch’s telehealth solutions into their post-acute and ambulatory facilities. “Our mission at Dignity Health is to deliver compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services, and we see telehealth as a crucial step forward,” said […]

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Slavitt to Join Bipartisan Policy Center, Article by Rachel Z. Arndt, Modern Healthcare

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has recently named Andy Slavitt, former acting CMS Administrator, as a senior advisor. “I intend, along with other people at BPC, to use the platform there to bridge some of the [healthcare] gap[s] by getting real world issues to influence D.C.,” Slavitt said in an interview with Modern Healthcare. The Margolin Group – a leader in building relationships and bridging divides between and among hospital […]

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Medicare Consequences of Affordable Care Act Repeal, Editorial by Arnold Buchman, Senior Advisor to The Margolin Group, First Published in the Siuslaw News

Arnold Buchman, longtime Margolin Group Senior Advisor – and retired CIGNA Corp. financial and benefit-delivery group health insurance attorney – explores in his most recent editorial the negative impacts of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal on Medicare. Consequences of a repeal, according to Arnold’s assessment, include increased cost, decreased coverage and the possible collapse of Traditional Medicare as we know it. Arnold writes: The 57 million people enrolled in […]

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24 Mllion Would Lose Coverage Under GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Plan, Article by Harris Meyer & Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

According to recent non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates, a staggering 24 million Americans would lose healthcare coverage if the House Republicans’ American Healthcare Act is passed.  While the bill would “reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion” over the next ten years – mainly due to cuts in Medicaid benefits – it would drive up premiums, causing more acute harm to older, poorer Americans, and it would place unsustainable economic […]

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