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President Barack Obama defends
Medicare, Medicaid in inaugural address

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President Barack Obama used his inaugural address on Jan. 21 to defend popular but expensive entitlement programs, including Medicare. Obama said it is imperative to reduce healthcare costs, but he made clear that he's not on board with Republican plans to dramatically cut Medicare and Medicaid. More



Insights webinar by Baxter: 'The Hemophilia Community and the Voice of Advocacy' | tomorrow, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. EST
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Michelle Rice, director of public policy for the National Hemophilia Foundation, will share her journey as the mother of two boys with hemophilia and her commitment to increasing hemophilia patient care, research and awareness through education and coalition building. She will also share how NHF has developed guidelines to ensure quality care, how they align with the goals of MCOs, and how the NHF and MCOs can work together to ensure appropriate patient care. MHPA members receive discounted rate. Register today. More

Obama officials ditch 'exchanges' in rebranding of healthcare reform law
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The Obama administration is rebranding the central component of its signature healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department suddenly stopped referring to insurance "exchanges" this week, even as it heralded ongoing efforts to prod states into setting up their own. Instead, press materials and a website for the public referred to insurance "marketplaces" in each state. More

UnitedHealth: Participation in overhaul coverage expansion
depends on fairness, viability

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UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said analysts shouldn't assume that the nation's largest health insurer will participate widely in the health care overhaul's online insurance exchanges. They will allow people to buy coverage that starts in 2014, some with help from income-based tax credits. More

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Key House conservatives back debt-limit plan, win budget concessions
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Leaders of the most conservative bloc in the House Republican Conference are backing leadership's plan to increase the debt ceiling for three months, even though the increase has no concrete spending cuts attached to it. In exchange, conservatives have won assurances that the 2014 House budget will contain deeper spending cuts than the 2013 budget. More

Medicaid commission vice chair wants to vote on draft duals proposals
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The vice chair of a congressional Medicaid advisory panel said he would like the panel to vote on draft recommendations, however marginal, for dually eligible beneficiaries at its February meeting, even though the commission needs to do a lot more research on the state of those eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare before getting to more substantive recommendations. More

Medicaid expansion may be key to restoring state mental health funding
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The recent mass killings in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., have sparked public conversations about the deficiencies in state-run mental health systems across the United States. But few states are poised to spend their own money to reverse as much as a decade of budget cutbacks in those areas. More



South Carolina Medicaid director touts agency savings
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South Carolina's Medicaid director has said his agency's savings initiatives are allowing tens of millions of dollars to be spent on the state's many other needs. Under the Department of Health and Human Services' preliminary budget request last fall, the escalating cost of Medicaid would have eaten up every dollar of additional revenue currently projected to come into state coffers next fiscal year. More

Provider fee bill sails through Georgia Senate
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The Georgia State Senate has passed legislation that would facilitate the renewal of the hospital provider fee, after soundly rejecting a bid to tie the bill's approval to Georgia expanding its Medicaid program. As envisioned by the 2010 federal health reform law, Medicaid expansion would add more than 600,000 lower-income Georgians to the program. Senate Democrats offered the amendment to allow the provider fee to fund expansion of the Medicaid program. The amendment failed on a party-line vote, 36-18. More

Key health officials quiet on Mississippi Medicaid expansion
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Two state health officials have stopped short of endorsing for Mississippi a federal proposal to expand Medicaid to cover all residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level of about $15,000 annually. During a recent news conference at the Capitol to report on the overall poor health of Mississippi citizens, Health Officer Mary Currier and Mississippi Medical Association President Steve Demetropoulos said their organizations have not taken a position on the expansion of Medicaid. More



2 Minnesota health giants announce collaboration
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VideoBriefA new collaborative research initiative between two Minnesota health giants will work to improve patient care and lower costs. Announced on Jan. 15, the partnership between Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group's Optum division is the largest health data-sharing effort of its kind in the country. The new alliance is called Optum Labs. More

WellCare expands Florida provider network with addition of Flagler Hospital
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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced that Flagler Hospital, the only hospital located in St. John's County, Fla., has joined the WellCare provider network. This new agreement expands options for thousands of WellCare's Staywell Medicaid and Staywell Kids members, and helps to ensure that they have access to comprehensive, quality health care. More

Sellers Dorsey adds more health IT expertise to its roster
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Sellers Dorsey announced that Mark Shaffer has joined the firm as a senior consultant. Shaffer, who will work primarily with the firm's growing list of health information technology clients, was most recently a senior official at Magellan Medicaid Administration and responsible for serving accounts in 25 states and the District of Columbia. More


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Recent webinar presentations available free on MHPA's website
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View PDFs of "Medicaid Managed Care Program Management: The Next Generation" by Navigant Healthcare, "Why Identity Management Matters to Medicaid" by LexisNexis, and more. More

Free webinar by Deloitte: 'The Fiscal Cliff, ACA, and Medicaid Managed Care' | 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 29
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In 2013, Medicaid managed care will be affected in a variety of ways — from the shakeout of the 2012 elections and the fiscal cliff negotiations to the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This presentation will address the current status and implications of many outstanding state and federal decisions affecting Medicaid managed care, including state Medicaid expansion; health insurance exchange decisions and level of integration; and CMS regulatory guidance on Medicaid reforms. Presentations by Jim Hardy and Sarah Wiley of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. More

Free webinar by AMFC: 'Optimizing Pharmaceutical Care and Measuring Outcomes in a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Program' | 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 30
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Medication-related problems and medication mismanagement are massive public health problems in the U.S. experts estimate that 1.5 million preventable adverse events occur each year that result in $177 billion in injury and death. PerformRx, in collaboration with the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, successfully have developed a collaborative drug therapy management program that has demonstrated significant reductions in emergency room visits and inpatient admissions, as well as significant costs savings. More



Free webinar by PwC: 'Getting to know the 30 million newly insured: New patients equals new challenges' | 2 p.m. EST, Feb. 6
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In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act, approximately 30 million uninsured Americans under age 65 stand to gain coverage under the law. States are deciding whether to expand Medicaid coverage, and which type of health insurance marketplace to create — state-run, state-federal run or federally facilitated. When the exchange population is combined with the new Medicaid beneficiaries, the result will be a distinctly different customer base for the health sector, bringing with it many new challenges and opportunities. More

'Keeping You Healthy' video: CentAccount by Centene
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VideoBriefThe CentAccount program promotes personal healthcare responsibility in Centene's membership by offering financial incentives. Centene Senior Vice President Aparna Aburri discusses this innovative program with the MHPA Center for Best Practices. More

Strategic Solutions Network's 4th Annual 'Medicaid Innovations Forum | Feb. 5-7 | Orlando, Fla.
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Medicaid Innovations will be the meeting place for all participants in the Medicaid universe who want to participate, share and learn about innovations that promote quality improvement, cost reduction and transformation in the face of reform. Use discount code MHPA when registering to receive a $200 discount off the current rate. More



Sixth Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care | Feb 25-27 | Arlington, Va.
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Payment transformation continues in Medicaid, as well as the development of integrated care delivery models industrywide. Medicaid managed care plans must continue to show their value. Attend the 6th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care to learn how. MHPA members, receive a $200 discount when you register online or at 800-767-9499 with promo code MHPA200. Discounts are not valid on government rates. More

Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress | May 20-22 | Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel | Baltimore, Md.
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Collaborate and drive innovation to move the Medicaid industry forward. Implement the ACA, increase quality, grow membership, and strengthen financials. Register with code XP1826MHPA and save 25 percent. More

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