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Novation Wins Practice Greenhealth's Champion for Change Award for Ninth Consecutive Year ; Honored for Environmental Stewardship and Outstanding Efforts in Environmental Improvement

IRVING, Texas, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, and Provista LLC, today announced that it has received the Champion for Change Award for the ninth consecutive year. The award recognizes Novation for its leadership and commitment to environmentally responsible health care. Practice Greenhealth announced the winners at the 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards banquet on May 2 at CleanMed, the global conference of health care environmental leaders, in Denver, Colorado.

"We are honored to be recognized by Practice Greenhealth with this prestigious health care industry award for nine consecutive years," said Jody Hatcher, president and chief executive officer at Novation. "We firmly believe that efforts to reduce health care's environmental footprint can not only have a direct, positive effect on patient and caregiver safety, but also can help hospitals reduce their overall costs."…

Medecision Appoints Dr. Katherine Schneider as Chief Medical Officer

Medecision, Inc., the leading provider of healthcare management solutions, today announced that Katherine Schneider, MD, M.Phil., will join the company as Chief Medical Officer, effective May 29, 2012. Widely known throughout the industry for her innovation in accessible healthcare and accountable care solutions, Dr. Schneider will be responsible for building on Medecision's solid 23-year foundation, leading the company forward in its quest to become the gold-standard pioneer in care management solutions.

Deborah M. Gage, Medecision president and CEO, made the announcement to an audience of chief medical officers and clinical leadership, senior IT leaders, and care management executives from progressive U.S. health plans and healthcare provider organizations as they convened at the company's exclusive, invitation-only event -- "Client Forum 2012: Strike the Balance" -- at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Schneider to our executive team and thrilled that…

UPMC, Highmark agree on access through 2014

By David Bruce, Erie Times-News, Pa.

May 3--Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members will have in-network access to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals and doctors through 2014 after an agreement was announced Wednesday by Gov. Tom Corbett.

The agreement includes UPMC Hamot and its physicians, which joined UPMC in February 2011. Hamot's current contracts with Highmark were set to expire June 30, 2013, with an additional one year run-out period.

Corbett said he hadn't sat at the negotiating table, but had applied pressure to resolve a dispute that was creating uncertainty for about 2.5 million Highmark insurance customers in western Pennsylvania.

"I encouraged them that they need to address this issue, they need to get it done," Corbett told a Capitol news conference. "With the assistance of the Legislature backing me up, (I told them) that if they did not get this done, we…

Feds to put up $1.9B for Oregon health overhaul

By JONATHAN J. COOPER

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health care initiative in Oregon, announcing Thursday it has tentatively agreed to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground.

Oregon hopes to prove that states can save billions on Medicaid without sacrificing the quality of health care. Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan would invest in preventive care to keep patients healthy so they don't need expensive hospitalizations.

"If this works, I think other states are going to be looking at this as a way to manage that patient population," said Kitzhaber, a Democrat and former emergency room physician who has worked for decades on reforming the health care system.

The federal government could save $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years if all 50 states adopted Oregon's approach, the governor has said.

Medicaid,…

BRIEF: DHHS settles with cerebral palsy victims over services

By Portland Press Herald, Maine

May 3--PORTLAND -- A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed against the state Department of Health and Human Services by three men with cerebral palsy who wanted to live outside nursing homes.

Jacob Van Meter, Adam Fletcher and Eric Reeves sued the agency in 2009 and alleged that state policies forced them to remain confined in nursing homes. Last year, the case was certified as a class action on behalf of all individuals with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other related conditions that make them eligible to live in nursing homes.

The men claimed that they were unnecessarily forced into the nursing homes and sought to receive support services to help them live more independently.

As part of the settlement, the department has committed to offering home- and community-based services to individuals living in nursing homes or at risk…

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