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Week ahead: States to make their case against health care law
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This week marks another key deadline in the legal battle over President Barack Obama's health care law, and the clock is still ticking as Congress searches for a way to avoid massive cuts in Medicare's payments to doctors. More

Advocates to HHS: Keep states from using grandfathered plans to set essential benefit standards    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several beneficiary advocates are calling on HHS to prohibit states from using grandfathered health plans to set their essential health benefit benchmarks, in particular out of concern for coverage of preventive services and what the selection of a grandfathered plan to serve as an EHB benchmark would mean for Medicaid and Basic Health Plan enrollees' coverage, sources say. More

Amerigroup now serving members Louisiana
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Amerigroup Louisiana is one of five health plans selected by the state to serve more than 865,000 managed care beneficiaries in Louisiana under the state health plan, Bayou Health. More

Obama blocks California from charging for care in Medicaid
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The Obama administration blocked an effort by California to charge Medicaid patients for emergency room visits and hospital stays and allow health care providers to turn away those who couldn't pay. 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.

71 percent of Florida voters oppose Medicaid reimbursement cuts to hospitals
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Seventy-one percent of Florida voters say Medicaid is an important program that should be maintained and oppose the deep reimbursement cuts to Florida's hospitals that Florida Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders are proposing this session, a new poll shows. More

New Jersey Assembly panel moves forward with key component of health care reform
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New Jersey lawmakers took a step toward implementing a major component of President Barack Obama's health care reform law as an Assembly panel moved legislation to establish a New Jersey health insurance exchange. More

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Illinois requests 100,000 more people for Medicaid
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Illinois could add 100,000 new enrollees to its Medicaid rolls soon. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which administers Medicaid, asked the federal government to approve accelerating the expansion of the state-federal health insurance program under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More

Illinois Medicaid official sees 'crisis'
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Given the state of Illinois financial predicament, lawmakers will need to consider every possible strategy for cutting the state's Medicaid budget this year, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos says. More


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Kansas Blue Cross won't bid on Medicaid, stirring fears
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to overhaul Medicaid hit a rough spot after the state's largest health insurance company decided not to bid on a contract to help manage the program, leaving some lawmakers and advocates increasingly uneasy. More

Medagate and Ready Wireless: Creating value through Medicaid wireless programs
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Medagate Corporation, the company that powers OTCNetwork, the only national over-the-counter health care benefit payments platform, announced a WebEx with Ready Wireless to discuss strategies to leverage Medicaid wireless programs. More

OIG: Cutting Medicare and Medicaid fraud still a top concern
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Eliminating Medicare and Medicaid fraud should be a priority for the Department of Health and Human Services as it works to implement health care reform programs, according to a new report. More

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3rd Annual Medicaid Innovations Forum starts tomorrow
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Next Generation Strategies to Expand Coverage, Improve Quality and Control Costs Omni Orlando at Champions Gate, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-9, 2012

See MHPA president and CEO Thomas Johnson's Keynote "Federal and State Level Strategies for Medicaid" at the Medicaid Innovations Forum. Presentation will include the overall direction of Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care, Accountable Care Organizations, serving dual eligibles and a forecast for growth. For more information click here.

Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium
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North Carolina Medicaid medical homes: The numbers don't add up, period.
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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.
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Launching & Sustaining Accountable Care Organizations Conference
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April 19-20,
Washington, D.C.

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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

Registration open for Second Annual Awards Forum
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The MHPA Center for Best Practices Second Annual Awards Forum will be held on April 30, 2012, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St., NW, Washington, D.C. This event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel will honor health plans for implementing innovative and effective best practices that have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees. For more information and to register, click here. More

MHPA's new Keeping You Healthy video: Improving Blood Lead Screening in 2-year-olds
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To prevent lead poisoning in Michigan, where as many as 20,000 young children may be affected, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan started a program to improve blood lead screening in two-year olds. View MHPA's Center for Best Practices new Keeping You Healthy video on Youtube here. More

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