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April 19, 2019

Friday Five: Medicare spends less than 5% of budget on primary care

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicare’s low primary care spending percentage, the need to train more home health workers, social determinants of health, and an overdue technology upgrade for the IRS.

April 12, 2019

Friday Five: Experts worry home healthcare workers will not be able to meet demands of aging population

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Idaho’s move toward Medicaid expansion, states convening to improve their SNAP and job skills programs, the mounting financial burden of the home healthcare shortage, why a bot is coming to the IRS, and how states are helping nursing homes increase Medicaid funding.

April 09, 2019

Global Health Challenges – An Aging Population

Dr. Michael Weiner, Chief Medical Officer at MAXIMUS, shares his insights into the aging population and the central role innovation plays in addressing this unprecedented challenge.

April 05, 2019

Friday Five: Utah is first state to have partial Medicaid expansion approved

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Utah’s partial Medicaid expansion, expanding access to opioid treatment in West Virginia, job skills training for Medicaid enrollees, and federal policies around automation technology.

March 29, 2019

Friday Five: Are residents isolated in home and community-based care? CMS releases new guidance.

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid expansion, resident isolation in home and community-based care, CIOs’ role in improving digital services, a judge’s decision to block Medicaid work requirements, and a wave of Medicaid changes that could be coming to your state.

March 26, 2019

Let’s Go for a Walk

As the excitement of the New Year winds down, March is often a perfect time to settle into a new health routine. Many of us brought forward personal hopes for weight loss, exercise, better nutrition, quitting smoking and improving our mental wellbeing.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified four unhealthy habits that cause us to experience decreased heath, chronic disease and early death:

March 22, 2019

Friday Five: Bipartisan bill proposes expanding Pell Grants to cover short-term job training

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Maryland’s approved Medicaid waiver; a bipartisan effort to fill the skills gap; how automation could address a shrinking federal workforce; and why one county is encouraging greater SNAP participation among eligible residents.

March 15, 2019

Friday Five: Proposed federal budget could dramatically impact Medicaid and SNAP

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the Administration’s proposed 2020 federal budget, growing medical care needs for an aging population, a ridesharing proposal to address care access for Medicaid patients, and how robotic process automation could lead to additional AI initiatives.

March 08, 2019

Friday Five: Emerging technologies likely to impact both older adults and the workforce

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about growth in the American workforce, a potential Medicaid compromise in Idaho, how technology can help the aging population, robotic process automation, and obstacles to innovation within government IT.

March 01, 2019

Friday Five: The aging population will need more in-home services: How will states adapt?

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the aging population in Appalachia, models of success in addressing social determinants of health, an increase in robotic process automation use, and Wyoming’s final vote against Medicaid work requirements.

February 22, 2019

Friday Five: Federal government continues push to integrate technology and data

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, how the aging population is changing the world, how robotic process automation (RPA) adoption could help balance budgets, how the Feds are closing the skills gap, and the call for increased participation in home visits for new parents.

February 15, 2019

Friday Five: Utah’s Medicaid proposal is unique, but needs approval from the federal government

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Utah’s unique Medicaid expansion proposal, healthcare costs, how the feds are applying robotic process automation (RPA), President Trump’s executive order on artificial intelligence, and veterans receiving access to health records on their phones.

February 08, 2019

Friday Five: Federal healthcare legislation may not pass this session, but states are making moves

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about governors leading the charge on healthcare legislation, positive results from Medicaid expansion in Montana, job training grants, increased screening for social determinants of health, and how best to use artificial intelligence.

February 06, 2019

Social Connection – A Natural Remedy

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As we begin a New Year, we have renewed focus on what's important. There is no better time than now to focus on our health. One very important area of both our physical and mental health is our social connectedness to others.

February 01, 2019

Friday Five: The population is aging - Health and long-term care costs are rising

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the rising costs of caring for our aging population, how rural America benefits from Medicaid expansion, the Ticket to Work program, artificial intelligence in healthcare, and the decline in customer satisfaction across government agencies.

January 25, 2019

Friday Five: Will we see an increase in Social Security benefits during this Congressional session?

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the possibility of Social Security reform, the latest state to implement Medicaid work requirements, business vs. robotic process automation, and proposed increases to the Technology Modernization Fund.

January 18, 2019

Friday Five: Government shutdown continues - Multiple programs seeing impact, including SNAP

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about what’s affected by the federal government shutdown, prescription drug prices, healthcare trends for 2019, and a new government technology contract focused on artificial intelligence and automation technologies.

January 11, 2019

Friday Five: Will the government shutdown mean millions go without food stamps?

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the potential impact of the government shutdown on food stamps, the Veteran Administration’s call for assistance, what to expect from Medicaid in 2019, staff changes at CMS, in addition to local and state level efforts to expand healthcare coverage.

January 04, 2019

Friday Five: Artificial intelligence - How soon will it transform customer service?

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid, final open enrollment numbers, social determinants of health, how artificial intelligence can change customer service, and the global impact of blockchain.

December 21, 2018

Friday Five: ACA ruled unconstitutional, but it won’t impact health insurance in 2019

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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about the legal status of the Affordable Care Act, how states are addressing social determinants of health, the budget impact of potential changes to Medicare and Medicaid, a new child support formula in Ohio, and the Department of Veterans Affairs online patient portal hits a milestone.

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