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Save the date: MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum
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MHPA Center for Best Practices is holding its First Annual Awards Forum on May 18, at the Academy for Educational Development, 1825 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. To register or sponsor, please click here or contact Thanh Buscarini at 202.857.5728 or tbuscarini@mhpa.org. More



Millions at risk for lost coverage if eligibility rules rescinded, report says
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Health insurance coverage for more than a third of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries would be at risk if the federal government rolls back a requirement that states maintain their eligibility rules until the health reform law is implemented, according to a Feb. 23 report by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. More

Gov. Christie: Modernizing New Jersey Medicaid Rx will help save $41 million
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Governor Chris Christie announced that his budget will include a proposal to modernize New Jersey's Medicaid program and manage its prescription drug benefits more like those in other, more affordable Medicare and private sector programs. More

Michigan's health plans and mental health agencies reach agreement on advocacy
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The Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) have signed an agreement to cooperate and jointly advocate on key state budget and policy issues to lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration. More

HMS subsidiary awarded third party liability by the state of Tennessee
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HMS a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., has been awarded a contract by the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Bureau of TennCare (Medicaid) to provide third party liability services, including estate recovery, cost avoidance, subrogation, Medicare crossover claims review, commercial insurance billing and credit balance audits. More

State roundup: Budget cuts to affect health care for state workers, disabled, elderly
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States in the news today include New Jersey, California, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Topics covered are how the budget cuts will affect health care for state workers, disabled and the elderly. More

HHS issues home health grants to states
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In other Medicaid news, the Obama administration has dispatched experts to go into the field to help budget-strapped states find ways to save money on the health insurance program for the poor. More

Arizona Senate panel votes to kill Medicaid program
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A divided Arizona Senate committee voted to eliminate the cash-short state's Medicaid program and replace it with a much smaller system that would cover only a fraction of low-income people now served. More

Bait and Switch?
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has sparked massive protests by proposing to curtail public-employee unions and give his administration the power to cut back health care and sell state public utilities through no-bid contracts. More

South Carolina Medicaid agency: Save $36 million by delaying payments
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South Carolina's Medicaid agency director Anthony Keck said he is proposing an accounting sleight of hand he claims will save $36 million on care for the state's elderly, poor and disabled. More

HHS staff to help states reduce Medicaid costs, retain coverage levels
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Over the next few months, HHS will dispatch agency personnel to help states reduce Medicaid costs without dropping coverage for beneficiaries, as well as prepare for the program's scheduled expansion under the federal health reform law. More

CMS cites early interest in EHR incentives
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is touting early interest in new programs offering bonuses to health care providers for using electronic health records (EHR). More than 21,000 providers have already signaled their intent to apply for Medicare and Medicaid incentives, and 11 states have launched Medicaid EHR programs, CMS recently announced. More

Director: State's Medicaid deficit could grow - South Carolina
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Tony Keck director of the state Department of Health and Human Services told a Senate panel that his agency's $225 million deficit could grow before the end of the year. Keck told senators he expects his agency to cut its costs but forecasting costs in Medicaid, the state health insurance program for the poor and disabled, is not an exact science. More



Alaska to explore insurance exchange without federal funds
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Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said he will not apply for federal funds to implement a state health insurance exchange because a Florida judge ruled the health reform law unconstitutional. Instead, the state Division of Insurance is exploring developing a health insurance exchange without federal dollars, including software applications and data that could be used to create an online clearinghouse on health plan options in Alaska, according to the governor's office. More

Health care experts favor reform
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Despite mixed reviews by the general public, nine of 10 leaders in U.S. health policy say health care reform sets the right course, a survey indicates. A Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey indicates 68 percent of health care experts favor implementing the Affordable Care Act with little or no change. More

Minnesota lands $187 million under federal health care law
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Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's push to involve Minnesota in the federal health care overhaul has resulted in a $187.4 million grant to keep elderly and disabled Medicaid patients out of institutional care. Minnesota is one of 13 states to get the demonstration grant under the health care law, and landed the largest amount. More

Sen. Alan Bates sponsors Medicaid reimbursement hike - Oregon
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A bill proposed by Oregon Sen. Alan Bates is set to give a big hike in Medicaid reimbursement to primary care doctors and nurses gets its first committee hearing. The bill aims to correct what Bates says is a basic problem in the health care system, the lack of primary-preventive care. More

Utah physicians want Medicaid to benefit from state surplus
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Utah health care professionals want residents to contact their lawmakers and ask them to put money back into the state's Medicaid program. With the state's projected revenue budget surplus reported at $294 million, $78 million more than was forecast originally, health care professionals and those who use Medicaid, in conjunction with Utah Health Policy Project, spoke recently at a news conference at the Capitol. More

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19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 18-20, Baltimore
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MHPA colleagues receive discounted rates.
Medicaid Managed Care organizations are facing their toughest challenges yet with the onset of healthcare reform and the rise in newly approved eligibles. Attend the 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, and hear from President & 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, MD, Acting Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

• Thomas L. Johnson, President & CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America

• Edwina Rogers, Executive Director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

• Philip Bonaparte, MD, 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 & 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 register@iirusa.com. Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.


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MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium on sale now
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Buy your copy of MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium, our recently-released booklet containing the industry's best practices, key managed care statistical data as well as helpful resource information, for a low member price of $15. Call 202.857.5720 to order your copy today.

Have a conference or event you want to publicize?
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Go to the MHPA website at www.mhpa.org under "Conferences and Events" and add your event to the MHPA calendar. We will then publicize it in our MHPA Industry Update.

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