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Kent County, Michigan, Launches Truancy Court Pilot Program

News Report | April 23, 2017
Kent County in Michigan recently launched a Truancy Court pilot program to address student absenteeism. The State of Michigan 17th Circuit Court announced the launch on February 16, 2017; it will initially focus on students in the Wyoming and...

U.S. Heroin Use On The Rise

News Report | April 23, 2017
Between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, the prevalence of self-reported heroin use in the United States rose by more than 400%. An estimated 700,583 adults used heroin in 2001, compared to 3,909,638 in 2013. During the same time period, the U.S. population...

New Jersey Releases RFP For Residential Services For Youth With I/DD

News Report | April 23, 2017
On March 23, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) released a request for proposals (RFP) for intensive residential services for for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are eligible for Children’s System of Care...

Pioneer ACO Physican Turnover 50% During 2012-2014 Contract Period

News Report | April 23, 2017
During 2012 through 2014, churn among physicians participating in one Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) was about 50%. By the end of the three-year period, about 18% of physicians who had initially participated left the ACO in year...

Feds Finalize Rules For 2018 Individual Health Insurance Marketplace

News Report | April 23, 2017
On April 16, 2017, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final rules for stabilizing the Health Insurance Marketplace. The final rules set requirements for documentation of special enrollment requests, and payment of back premiums before re-enrollment....