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GOP candidates say they care for poor but would cut safety net
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Republican presidential candidates recently have found themselves battling over who cares most for the poor. But their demonstrations of empathy sometimes collide with their plans to cut back the programs on which many of the poor depend. 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.

Register today for the MHPA Center for Best Practices 2012 Awards Forum April 30 Washington, DC
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The MHPA Center for Best Practices Second Annual Awards Forum will be from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St., NW, Washington, D.C. This event of industry CEOs, CMOs and other key personnel will honor health plans for implementing innovative and effective best practices that have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees. Award categories include innovation, technology, outreach, children's health and cultural competency. Keynote Presentation from Ken Thorpe, executive director of The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Also presenting is Joel Menges, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Special Needs Consulting Services who will discuss "Getting off the FFS Bus: Aren't We There Yet?" For more information and to register, click here. More

Delaware joins WellPoint, AstraZeneca to find Medicaid savings
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The state of Delaware is joining forces with an AstraZeneca PLC., and WellPoint Inc. health-research collaboration to find ways to keep a lid on rising Medicaid costs. More

UnitedHealthcare to strengthen service to Florida with purchase of Preferred Care Partners and Medica Healthcare
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Demonstrating the company's continued commitment to serving health care consumers across Florida, UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, has agreed to purchase Preferred Care Partners and Medica HealthCare Plans, senior-focused health plans with operations primarily in South and Central Florida. More

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Centene Corporation appoints Jesse N. Hunter as executive vice president of operations    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Centene Corporation appointed Jesse Hunter as Executive Vice President of Operations. Hunter has been with Centene since 2002. "As the company continues to explore growth opportunities, this new alignment ensures the coordination of our business development," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Neidorff. More

Medicaid's big spenders, in one chart
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Aaron Carroll has put together this helpful graph to show whom, exactly, Medicaid dollars go toward covering. And as you can see above, blind, disabled and elderly beneficiaries of the program cost a lot more to cover than adults and children. More

Week ahead: House panel to repeal health care law's cost-control board
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A House subcommittee is set to vote on legislation that would repeal one of the most controversial aspects of the Democrats’ health care reform law. The Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health is working to schedule a markup of legislation to repeal the health care law's cost-control panel — the Independent Payment Advisory Board. More

Better state budget picture, but Medicaid still in jeopardy
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State budget shortfalls for the coming year total about $47 billion, the smallest aggregate deficit since the Great Recession, a report says. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found deficits in 29 states for the fiscal year ahead and another 10 states reported revenue for the current year fell $3.2 billion short of budget. Gaps are significantly smaller than in recent years. More


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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may back small business exchange but not offer funds, pushes optional Medicaid block grants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told Inside Health Policy that a number of chambers of commerce and others in his state are interested in pursuing private small business exchanges to try to drive down health care costs, and when asked if he was interested in that approach Walker said the state might publicly encourage such arrangements but would not set aside funding or impose mandates. More

California: Jerry Brown presses Obama on Medi-Cal, meets with labor
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California Governor Jerry Brown continued to press President Barack Obama for authorization to enact further cuts to Medi-Cal to help balance California's budget, even as the administration showed no sign of relenting and complained about the severity of state budget cuts in other areas. More

California health chief vows changes to Sacramento County dental program
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The state's Medi-Cal chief, under pressure to improve dental care for Sacramento's poor children, pledged this week to implement changes so kids won't have to wait months to receive treatment for painful, rotted or broken teeth. More

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Texas health leaders say they're ready for federal reforms
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Like it or not, Texas lawmakers know they may eventually have to implement federal health care reforms. Recently state officials at a joint meeting of the House Insurance and Public Health committees told lawmakers that Texas is ready to move forward with President Barack Obama's health care reform package, regardless of whether the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down parts or all of it. More

Georgia Medicaid task force to focus on kids, families
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State officials have created a third task force to discuss proposals for a revamp of Medicaid and PeachCare services in Georgia. The new grouping will focus on children and families. Like the other two task forces, members will be asked to give input on a consulting firm's report on the future of the two government health insurance programs. More

Key issues to consider for outreach and enrollment efforts under health reform
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The Affordable Care Act will significantly expand health coverage opportunities through an expansion in Medicaid and the creation of new health insurance exchanges in 2014. Effective outreach and enrollment efforts will be vital for assuring the expansions translate into increased coverage. More

Introducing the MHPA Center for Best Practices Insights Webinar Series
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In keeping with its mission of educating Medicaid health plans, the MHPA Center for Best Practices brings you the 2012 Insights Webinar Series, a course of 20 online presentations on emerging trends and important issues facing the Medicaid managed care industry. Geared specifically for Medicaid health plans, these expert-led webinars provide subscribers with the tools they need to improve their operations while maintaining high quality care for enrollees.

From March 12 — Dec. 17, you'll have the opportunity to sit in on up to 20 one-hour presentations on the following issues:
- Hot Trends and Topics
- Improve Your Operations
- Risk Adjustment
- Clinical Best Practices
- Compliance Issues
- Dual Eligibles

For details, including a complete list of webinar titles and subscription rates, click here.

MHPA's new Keeping You Healthy video: Chopper Check
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Tooth decay is a significant problem in young children. The situation is made worse for those kids on Medicaid by barriers that keep them from getting dental care. This problem hits home for MHPA member Health Partners of Philadelphia, where about half of their enrollees are children. Watch Carol Smolij, Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Operations at Health Partners of Philadelphia and Judy Gelinas, Director of Community Oral Health Initiatives at St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, discuss the Chopper Check program on MHPA's Center for Best Practices new Keeping You Healthy video on Youtube. More

Call for best practices: Treatment adherence improvement initiatives
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MHPA is calling for case studies from our member organizations that will help to highlight real-world examples of best practices improving treatment adherence among Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. We invite you to submit information to be included in the compendium, Best Practices in Adherence Improvement for Medicaid and CHIP Beneficiaries to be published in April 2012. For details and to download the submission form, click here.

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.
* Discount does not apply to the Government Rate.

NCQA briefing on new HEDIS Schizophrenia measures for Medicaid
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Tuesday, March 06, 3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Conference Dial-in Number: 760.569.0100 Participant Access Code: 510735#. Please RSVP to Liza Greenberg at

20th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress
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Join MHPA as we partner with IIR's 20th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 1-May 2 at the Hilton Baltimore. MHPA's president & CEO, Thomas Johnson and over 350 State Officials, Health Plan executives and CMS will share insights on how to improve quality, achieve better health outcomes and control costs. Don't miss Thomas's sessions on the Opportunities for the New Basic Health Plan option and as part of the closing panel discussion.
• State Snapshots providing insight into states that are making moves in the Medicaid managed care space. Hear from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas and Washington, D.C.
• Realigned Track Sessions based on in-depth analysis of our audience to better meet your needs.
• Full Day Summits on Medicaid Managed Care 101 and Dual Eligibles to go deeper into these hot topics.
• Political commentary from speaker Paul Begala from CNN and Newsweek, as he presents potential outcomes for the upcoming presidential elections and the future of Medicaid managed care.

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to learn more about the 40 speakers, 35 sessions, 4 pre-conference workshops, and numerous networking opportunities. Because of our partnership, MHPA members can receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate. Just mention priority code XP1726MHPA when registering. Register online, by calling 888.670.8200, or emailing The hotel block expires on March 30, so be sure to book early.

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