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Tennessee rejects Medicaid expansion
Washington Examiner
Tennessee lawmakers blocked a proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam to expand Medicaid to an estimated 280,000 low-income residents. A panel voted, 7-4, on Wednesday afternoon to kill the plan, ending a special legislative session the governor had called for the express purpose of considering it. There's little chance legislators will take up the plan again during their regular legislative session.
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Here's how the GOP would repeal and replace Obamacare
The Washington Post
With Obamacare again facing a major threat at the Supreme Court, an influential group of Republican lawmakers is offering a proposal that they see as a replacement to the president's healthcare law. The plan, presented by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, is in part intended to help manage any potential chaos from a pivotal Supreme Court ruling expected later this year that could invalidate subsidies for federal-run health insurance exchanges across the country.
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Groups renew push to expand Medicaid in North Carolina
Charlotte Observer
VideoBrief A coalition of groups launched an effort Wednesday that is designed to put a face on their case to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. And the face at a morning news conference was that of a Charlotte woman who said she would be one of the 500,000 people who would benefit from expansion.
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Medicaid expansion issues brought to Missouri lawmakers' attention
KBIA-FM
Residents from across Missouri attended a press conference at the Missouri State Capitol on Wednesday to discuss the possibilities of Medicaid expansion in the state. Five panelists led the conference and told their stories about being a part of the coverage gap. This term describes the situation of people who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but don't earn enough money to pay for health insurance or qualify for incentives through the Affordable Care Act.
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Massachusetts governor wants to overhaul state Medicaid program
The Associated Press via Boston Herald
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that overhauling the MassHealth program will be an early priority as he looks ahead to crafting his budget proposal for the new fiscal year. Baker said spending on MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, has surged ahead of other health and human service programs and is growing at an unsustainable rate.
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Millennium Health partners with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Partnership For Drug-Free Kids to launch 'Drop Them Off' campaign
Millennium Health
VideoBrief Millennium Health, a leading health solutions company, has announced the launch of the "Drop Them Off" campaign, in partnership with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' Medicine Abuse Project. Designed to increase awareness of the problem of youth misuse and abuse of prescription medicine, the campaign intends to educate parents and youth on how to properly use, store and dispose of prescription medications by dropping them off at appropriate collection sites among other methods, to reduce access and opportunity for misuse or abuse.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'Engage Moms on Mobile Devices: How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Maternal Health'?
MHPA
Download the presentation by Wildflower Health and other past webinars here.
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NDEP Webinar: 'Population Health Management: Improving Health Where We Live, Work, and Play' | Feb. 24 | noon-1 p.m. ET
National Diabetes Education Program
Healthcare costs continue to soar, outpacing inflation and taking up increasingly larger portions of business, government and consumer budgets. But while costs are rising, overall health and well-being are declining. A population health management approach considers health quality and costs beyond the clinical setting to integrate health information, management and support into people's daily lives. Join the CDC's National Diabetes Education Program in this webinar that will show you a different way to think about health and wellness on the job and in the community.
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Feb. 25 Webinar Wednesday: 'Health Plans Leave Money on the Table When They Fail to Effectively Audit, Track Rx Drug Claims'
Deloitte
The total cost of overpayments and fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the prescription drug claims arena can be significant. Discuss techniques that health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies can consider to root out FWA and audit for claims processing inefficiencies.
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MHPA's Myers joins keynote health plan panel at Medicaid Managed Care Leadership Summit | Feb. 24-25 | Alexandria, VA
World Congress and MHPA
Hear from CMS, national health plans and seven state offices. Topics include expansion, long term care, dual eligibles and more!

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MHPA's Myers to chair WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit | March 2015 | Washington, DC
World Congress
MHPA President and CEO Jeff Myers will chair the WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit, a meeting that convenes executives from health plans, hospital systems and policy organizations to share, learn and discuss approaches to improve the quality of government programs and achieve payment and delivery reform. For conference details, agenda and registration, please visit here.
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Job opportunity: Physician contract negotiator | Chicago
Aetna
Negotiates, re-negotiates and executes physician and/or provider contracts in accordance with company standards in order to maintain and enhance provider networks while meeting and exceeding accessibility, quality and financial goals. Medicaid and Medicare contracting experience strongly preferred.
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Job opportunity: Clinical director, Homecare & Managed Care
First Quality
First Quality, a leading manufacturer of disposable home health care products, is seeking a clinical director for our Homecare & Managed Care Business. This candidate will provide leadership and have a focus on clinical education, utilization management protocols and programs and operational program development within home care and managed care markets.
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