States turn to private insurance companies for managed care
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Holly Hawthorne has recently passed a huge milestone. Two years ago she was severely brain damaged when her motorcycle was hit by a bus in India. She has now moved out of a nursing home and back into the house she grew up in. More
Economics dictates that times are changing in US health care
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Since health care delivery is fragmented, chaotic and too expensive, taming the chaos will require a new breed of leaders at every level, as well as a more uniform, systematic approach to providing patient care, said Nate Kaufman, during his keynote address of the CIO Forum. More
Budget would transform Medicaid
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The savings aren't expected to be huge. And, in various forms, it's failed before here and in other states. But managed care, a swath of cost-saving and quality-improving techniques used to administer health care throughout the country, appears to be the next big step for New Hampshire's Medicaid program. More
Obama administration asks states to cut costs without dropping Medicaid coverage
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The Obama administration is deploying squadrons of in-house experts to help budget-strapped states figure out how to save money on Medicaid, the health program for the poor that has been a source of rising tensions between state capitals and Washington. More
Medicaid central to White House-state budget tensions
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As governors arrive in Washington, D.C., for the meeting of the National Governors Association, the White House is bracing for more Medicaid budget crunching and coverage issues. More
Pharmacy groups reach out to states facing Medicaid budget challenges
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Mindful of the push to balance state budgets, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offered to work closely with states to cut costs without endangering Medicaid beneficiaries' access to pharmacy prescription drug services. More
Medicaid fight shapes up as states deal with budget crunching
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The Obama administration is gearing up for an influx of state requests to modify the federal-state Medicaid partnership when the nation's governors descend on the capital for their winter meetings. More
Preferred Care Partners launches Medicaid plan
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Preferred Care Partners has launched CareFlorida, a managed care plan for Florida Medicaid recipients in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Until recently, the Miami-based company has offered a health plan exclusively to Medicare recipients. It has hired 22 employees to support CareFlorida. More
Repealing health care reform would increase deficit by $210 billion
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Repealing Democrats' health care reform law would increase the deficit by $210 billion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said. The (CBO) also said repealing the law could save hundreds of billions of dollars over the long-term if some of its cost-cutting provisions don't go into effect. More
Madison, Wis., Medicaid looms as next big budget battle
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Debate over Gov. Scott Walker's budget-cutting plan could soon shift to a program that accounts for half of the Wisconsin's $3.6 billion budget gap: Medicaid. At least 50,000 people could lose Medicaid coverage, and many others could face increased fees, reduced benefits or other hurdles. More
Healthy Montana Kids gets trimmed to fund Medicaid hole
Healthy Montana Kids, the voter-approved government health insurance program for children, had its budget trimmed, as republican lawmakers voted to shift some of its funds toward another health program. More
Sebelius: ACOs can be hospital free
Doctors have told Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that they're concerned accountable care organizations could become dominated by hospitals and force physicians to give up their small or independent practices. More
In GOP-led states, health care law inspires attacks and accommodations
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With battles over the president's signature health legislation under way in the courts and on Capitol Hill, a third line of attack is forming in the states: Practically every week, a republican governor or lawmaker announces a new effort to kill the health care law or undercut its implementation. More
Save the date: MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum
MHPA Center for Best Practices is holding its First Annual Awards Forum on May 18, at the Academy for Educational Development, 1925 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C. This is a one-day event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel will discuss and honor health plans for implementing innovative and effective best practices which have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees through high-quality care. The event will feature a special keynote luncheon speaker, an array of presenters sharing their best practice methods, an awards ceremony and a sponsor expo.
19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 18-20, Baltimore
MHPA colleagues receive discounted rates.
Medicaid Managed Care organizations are facing their toughest challenges yet with the onset of health care reform and the rise in newly approved eligibles. Attend the 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, and hear from President and CEO, Thomas L. Johnson as well as over 40 of the nation's top Medicaid Managed Care government officials and health plan executives as they discuss strategies to help health plans overcome their most pressing needs while improving quality and controlling costs. Our distinguished speaking faculty includes:
• Keynote: Richard Gilfillan, M.D., acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
• Thomas L. Johnson, president and CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America
• Edwina Rogers, executive director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
• Philip Bonaparte, M.D., chief medical officer, Horizon NJ Health
• Kevin Hayden, president, State Sponsored Business Division, WellPoint and vice-chair, MHPA board of directors
• Charlotte MacBeth, MBA, MHA, JD, president and CEO, MDwise
As a MHPA member, receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with priority code XP1626MHPAN. Register online, by calling 888.670.8200, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.
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