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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.

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.

Obama administration and Text4Baby join forces to connect pregnant women and children to health coverage and information
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The Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services announced that it will partner with Text4Baby, a free national health texting service, to promote enrollment in both Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and provide pregnant women and new mothers free text messages on important health care issues. More

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Coverage denials draw ire of emergency doctors
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Medicaid officials in some states are denying coverage for emergency department visits based on final diagnosis codes rather than the symptoms that brought the patient in, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. More


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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.

House Republicans pound Sebelius on health law
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Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee. She defended the health care law and the president's fiscal 2013 budget request. The hearing had all the hallmarks of a partisan political event. More

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Texas lawmakers working to reform Medicaid
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Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on President Obama's health care reforms next month, the state of Texas is pursuing plans to completely revamp the way it runs Medicaid. Of course, it must first get the federal government's approval. More

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, drector 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 You Tube. More

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

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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