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NCSL ranks healthcare among state legislators' top 2012 priorities
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The National Conference of State Legislatures published its annual listing of top priorities for the coming year, and healthcare and health IT issues were chief concerns for 2012. More

HHS releases core Medicaid quality measures
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The Health and Human Services Department has finalized its initial core set of health quality measures for adults eligible for Medicaid for voluntary use by states. The measures would also be used by the health insurers and managed care organizations that contract with Medicaid to provide coverage for low-income individuals and families. More

Study: Continuous insurance required for low-income diabetics
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Even a small gap in Medicaid coverage can have consequences for diabetics, new research suggests. The study looked at 3,384 diabetes patients who received medical care at 50 clinics in Oregon from 2005-2007. The care was mostly free, but some recommended diagnostic tests and other services — including cholesterol screening, HbA1c testing to determine blood-sugar control and the flu shot — required a small co-pay. More

Lawyers, courts see weaknesses in defense of Obama's healthcare law
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The Obama administration is headed into a Supreme Court case over healthcare reform without a clear answer to significant questions about Congress's power. More

Altegra Health, First 'Third-Party Submitter'

Altegra Health is the first ‘Third-Party Submitter’ to receive certification in Encounter Data Front End Testing from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This certification reflects our expertise in encounter reporting, risk adjustment analytics, and data management. Altegra Health continues to be a health care services leader.

New York governor Cuomo cites boosting state's economy, aiding poor in State of State address
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While outlining an aggressive agenda to boost New York's economy during his second year in office, governor Andrew Cuomo advocated several measures to help the poor and dispossessed such as better access to food stamps, new offices to protect tenants' rights and help homeowners avoid foreclosure, establishing a health insurance exchange and improving care for disabled adults. More

Medicaid rolls in Colorado at 'all-time historical high' in November
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Nearly 615,000 Coloradans were on Medicaid in November, by far a record high, officials said, attributing the vast bulk of the growth to economic hard times rather than recent eligibility expansions. More

Cook County Health seeks early expansion of Medicaid
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The Cook County Health and Hospitals System is seeking approval to add thousands of uninsured patients to the Medicaid rolls nearly two years early, a move that could generate millions of dollars in new revenue for the cash-strapped network. More

Louisiana driving hard toward managed healthcare
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At the state level, the Department of Health and Hospitals will roll out Bayou Health, a shift from a fee-for-service health care system to a managed, coordinated care model that is expected to give about 1.1 million Medicaid patients more choice in their health plans and service providers, according to the state's health secretary. More

Federal funds to help counties' health programs for low-income residents
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Thousands of the north state's rural poor, including residents of the greater Sacramento area, will be able to access medical care in 2012 after more than 30 counties received federal approval and funding to expand their indigent health coverage. More

CMS issues FAQ on Medicaid RAC program    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires states to contract with RACs to audit payments to Medicaid providers. More


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Cognosante awarded contract to develop IT blueprint for next generation of Utah Health Exchange
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Cognosante, a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations, has been awarded a contract with the state of Utah to assist in designing an IT blueprint for future development of the current Utah Health Exchange. More

TriZetto acquires Medical Data Express
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The TriZetto Group announced it has acquired Chandler, Ariz.-based Medical Data Express, with an eye toward expanding its managed solutions that serve more than 14 million Medicare Advantage and Part D members and more than 12 million Medicaid members. More

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Webinar: Understanding Health Literacy
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Thursday, Jan. 12
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
Presented by Health Literacy Innovations
Few consumers understand their healthcare — medication inserts, prescription labels, discharge instructions, informed consent forms, and health web sites — and as a result cannot make informed decisions. Roughly one-third of all U.S. adults have "low health literacy" and lack the ability to read, understand or follow health care instructions, which results in confusion, mistakes, poor health outcomes and increased costs from to unnecessary hospitalization, ER, and doctor visits. To learn more and register, click here.

Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium
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A hybrid Conference and Internet event

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

In your own office or home live via the Internet with 24/7 access for six months

For more information click here.

3rd Annual Medicaid Innovations Forum
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Next Generation Strategies to Expand Coverage, Improve Quality and Control Costs

Omni Orlando at Champions Gate, Orlando, FL, Feb. 8-9, 2012

For more information click here.

The World Congress 5th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care
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Feb. 28 - March 1, 2012
Sheraton Reston, Reston, Va.

Network with over 100 Health Plan and Pharmaceutical industry executives and State Medicaid Directors at the 5th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care.

Featured Speakers Include: Thomas L. Johnson, president and Chief Executive Officer, Medicaid Health Plans of America Henry Waxman, D-CA, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Jennifer Coleman, Senior Advisor, Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (tentative) Karen Brodsky, Director, New Jersey Department of Human Services

30 Sessions, 12 Keynotes, 15 Track Sessions
In-Depth Examinations and Discussions on issues such as:
•Medicaid Expansion
•Early Innovator Grants
•Health Insurance Exchanges
•Care Management/Quality Improvement and more.

MHPA health plan members can attend the conference for just $695 (a $900* savings!) when using Promo Code SEZ526 to register by Jan. 13.
To register, call us at 800-647-7600 or visit the World Congress website.
* Discount does not apply to the Government Rate.

Job opportunity: Mercy Care Plan seeks chief medical officer
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Mercy Care Plan, a not-for-profit Medicaid health plan managed by Aetna Medicaid which provides healthcare coverage for enrollees in Arizona's Medicaid program, seeks a new chief medical officer. The successful candidate will be a physician with at least four to six years of experience in medical management and policy implementation within a healthcare provider or managed care organization. Medicaid experience preferred. For a full position description and to apply, please email

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Disparities Leadership Program
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This year-long executive education program is designed for leaders from hospitals, health plans and other healthcare organizations who wish to implement practical strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, particularly through quality improvement. More

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