Medicaid and the health overhaul's goals
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Media outlets report on how the health overhaul interacts with Medicaid and whether it will ultimately have a positive or negative impact on states. More
Assembly committee OKs amendments to Medicaid bill - New Jersey
The bill, already approved by a Senate committee, creates Medicaid accountable care organizations throughout the state in a three year demonstration project allowing community-based health care coalitions to share in the Medicaid savings that result from delivering efficient health care in cities — and using that money to improve health care for the poor. More
6 health plans pay $1.5 million in incentives to create medical homes for nearly half a million New York residents
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Nearly half a million patients in New York's Hudson Valley can now call their primary care physician offices patient-centered medical homes, thanks to a Taconic Health Information Network and Community project that garnered participation from six health plans to improve the quality of care in the region. More
Health plan of Michigan receives URAC Health Plan Accreditation
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Health Plan of Michigan announced that it has been awarded Health Plan Accreditation by URAC, a Washington, D.C.–based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. HPM received Full Health Plan Accreditation with Health Utilization Management. More
New Harris Poll underlines political difficulty of cutting government services
A new Harris Poll finds that large majorities of the public are supportive of many government services. It points to the political difficulties of cutting government spending if those cuts are perceived as reducing the quantity or quality of the popular programs and the services that they provide. More
Republicans look to alter reform law's mandatory spending
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Taking a new approach for halting health care reform funds, House Republicans slammed the law for including at least $105 billion in mandatory spending. Republicans on the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, rebuffed so far in their efforts to repeal and defund the law, targeted five provisions of the sweeping reform law they want to subject to the annual appropriation process. More
Rockefeller defends Medicaid program - West Virginia
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Senator Jay Rockefeller issued the following statement in response to a Republican report outlining the cost of Medicaid expansion under the health reform law. "I am extremely frustrated that Republicans continue to work to strip benefits that help real, working families in West Virginia and across the nation — rather than focus on creating jobs and providing help to the families who need it," said Senator Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. More
State Attorney General ties prescription drug monitoring to Medicaid savings - Washington
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Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, R-Wash., said that national monitoring of drug prescriptions could stymie fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program, potentially adding momentum to congressional efforts in that direction. More
Medicaid and BadgerCare debate continues - Wisconsin
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to cut a half-billion dollars from Medicaid, which has more than a million people worried about whether they'll have health insurance. "My daughter Abigail has Down syndrome. Basically she can do anything — be like a typical kid but everything needs to be taught with a little extra care. More
White House appeals Florida lawsuit
The Obama administration appealed Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the entire health reform law is unconstitutional. The quick action of the government prevents the judge's order from taking effect and shutting down implementation of the law for now. More
Palliative care could save states millions
Using palliative care services can lower hospital costs for some of the sickest Medicaid patients and save states money, according to a new study published in the recent issue of Health Affairs. In fact, patients who received palliative care incurred $6,900 less in hospital costs than a corresponding group of patients who received usual care, note researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine who compared the treatment of hundreds of patients at four New York hospitals. More
Maine gets first state waiver from healthcare law provision
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Maine health insurers are getting a temporary waiver from the health reform law's requirement that they spend at least 80 percent of premiums on care. Maine is the first state to get a waiver. Three other states — New Hampshire, Nevada and Kentucky — have pending waiver applications. More
Registration now open for MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum, keynote luncheon speaker added
Registration for the MHPA Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum on May 18 is now open. The event at the Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C is a one-day event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel who will discuss and honor health plans for implementing innovative best practices which have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees through high-quality care. The event will feature MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney as 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More
Call for Childhood Asthma Best Practices from MHPA member health plans
MHPAs Center for Best Practices is producing a new compendium on childhood asthma and is seeking best practices in this area from its member plans. MHPA member health plans interested in submitting any of their programs related to childhood asthma should download and complete the submission form and return to Liza Greenberg at email@example.com by March 11.
Save the date: Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 Annual Meeting is Nov. 7-8
This year's MHPA's Annual Meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. This year's lineup of distinguished speakers includes Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and current president of the University of Miami, and Donna Brazile, renowned political advisor and media commentator. Also for your entertainment, The Capitol Steps, an American political satire troupe, will be performing. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.
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 & 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
• 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 e-mailing 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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MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium on sale now
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.
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