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Medicaid hepatits C deals being negotiated for most of the country; comments from MHPA's Myers
Inside Health Policy (Subscription required)
Discounts on expensive hepatitis C drugs could be within reach for half the country because the pharmacy benefit manager that negotiated discounts on hepatitis C drugs for Missouri is linked to Medicaid plans across America.
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Democrats seek Medicaid payment bump
The Hill
Two senior Senate Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would boost payments to Medicaid doctors to equal those paid to Medicare doctors. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are hoping to extend a provision of Obamacare that expired last year that ensures equal payments to all providers.
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Florida could become 2nd-largest state to expand Medicaid
The Hill
Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a closely watched proposal that could expand Medicaid for 1 million people. The GOP-controlled Florida Senate unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday that would accept federal dollars under Obamacare to expand eligibility for Medicaid.
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Florida Health Choices to become Medicaid expansion vehicle under
Senate plan

Health News Florida
AudioBrief Florida's small-business marketplace is in for major changes under the Senate's Medicaid expansion proposal. After a slow start getting up and running, Florida Health Choices could see its customer base grow exponentially under the Senate's plan. Last week, Senate leaders opened the door to using federal funds to support more than 800,000 uninsured Floridians. Lawmakers in the chamber now have a plan, but it's not quite what some proponents of a Medicaid expansion expected.
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Utah House panel votes down governor's Medicaid plan
The Associated Press via Daily Herald
Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives rejected Governor Gary Herbert's Medicaid plan and instead pushed forward their own alternative proposal to help some of the state's poor get health insurance. Soon after a House business and labor committee voted against the Republican governor's proposal, they turned their attention to an alternative plan from House GOP lawmakers.
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Montana House officially kills governor's Medicaid expansion bill
Missoulian
The Montana House on Tuesday officially killed Gov. Steve Bullock's Medicaid expansion proposal, refusing on a party-line vote to overturn a committee report to reject it. All 59 House Republicans voted to adopt the House Human Services Committee's do-not-pass recommendation on House Bill 249; all 41 Democrats voted against it.
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Missouri governor outlines Medicaid plan, endorses work requirement
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday said he was willing to work with Republicans on a plan to expand the state's Medicaid program and even offered endorsements for conservative ideas that have drawn reproach from some health advocates.
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Nebraska panel advances Medicaid 'redesign' measure
The Associated Press via KIOS-FM
A new effort to expand Medicaid coverage in Nebraska is headed to a full debate in the legislature. The Health and Human Services Committee voted on Tuesday to advance the Medicaid Redesign Act to the floor. The lead sponsor, Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, Nebraska, has said this year's version would help the state uncover more efficient ways to provide healthcare coverage.
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Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion switch to be done by September
The Inquirer via Kaiser Health News
The switch from former Gov. Tom Corbett's "Healthy Pennsylvania" program to the traditional Medicaid expansion endorsed by Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to be completed by the end of September, said Ted Dallas, acting secretary of the state Department of Human Services. But the transition is a "couple-of-phase process" that will blend the three parts of the former governor's program into the single Medicaid expansion plan adopted in more than 20 other states, Dallas said. The first phase is expected to be finished by April 30.
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New Jersey touts benefits of Medicaid expansion at town hall
The Associated Press via St. Paul Pioneer Press
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is touting the budgetary benefits of Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The potential Republican presidential contender, who has been a vocal critic of Obama's signature healthcare program, said Tuesday during a town hall event that Medicaid expansion has helped save New Jersey taxpayers significant money and benefited low-income residents as well as the state's bottom line.
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Alabama's Medicaid reform takes major step next month
AL.com
Six of the organizations vying to take over Medicaid will undertake care for 220,000 of its sickest patients on April 1, in the first test of a program officials hope could save millions of dollars. Six probationary regional care organizations are participating in an expansion of the Health Home program. Medicaid patients with 12 costly and chronic health conditions — including asthma, diabetes, HIV, cancer, mental illness, sickle cell disease and heart disease — will receive added support and coordination through primary care physicians and the regional care organizations.
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March 18 Webinar Wednesday: ''Continence Management for Managed Care: Cost Containment through Better Care'
Medline
Join this webinar to learn best practice strategies for managing the complex job of continence care. As a manufacturer, supplier and provider of continence products in the industry, Medline Industries has created a turn-key program for health plans that can help leverage the capabilities of manufacturer-direct unit pricing and member utilization. Participating plans in Medline's Continence Solutions program have saved as much as 25 percent on their incontinence spend while still continuing to manage to coverage guidelines.
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March 25 Webinar Wednesday: 'AAAHC Health Plan Accreditation with a Spotlight on Chronic Disease Management'
AAAHC
Learn how AAAHC Health Plan Accreditation can help health plans demonstrate their commitment to improving healthcare quality and how health plans can benefit from AAAHC's collaborative accreditation process. This webinar will be presented in partnership with the Care Copilot Institute (CCI), part of Allina Health, pursuing a mission to transform care delivery through the use of lay healthcare workers.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'Seismic Changes in Pharmacy Creating Unprecedented Trend Increases' by Express Scripts?
MHPA
To view the full 2014 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report, please visit here. For additional information please contact Krista Ward.

For copies of other past webinars, visit here.

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Pay for success, social impact bonds: Request for proposals
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative released a request for proposals from asthma-related service providers to develop asthma social impact bond/pay for success projects. GHHI and its partner Calvert Foundation will provide technical assistance to five selected service providers in the catchment areas of the previously selected healthcare organizations:
  • Baystate Health (Springfield, MA)
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (Memphis, TN)
  • Monroe Plan for Medical Care (Buffalo/Rochester, NY)
  • Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • University of Utah Health Plans (Salt Lake, UT)
An informational webinar will be held on Friday, March 20. Please review the RFP; proposals are due April 8.

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MHPA's Myers to chair WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit | March 2015 | Washington, DC
World Congress
MHPA President and CEO Jeff Myers will chair the WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit, a meeting that convenes executives from health plans, hospital systems and policy organizations to share, learn and discuss approaches to improve the quality of government programs and achieve payment and delivery reform. For conference details, agenda and registration, please visit here.
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MHPA's Legislative Fly-In | May 11 | Washington, DC
MHPA
Join us for MHPA's Legislative Fly-In, scheduled May 11 and 12 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, to educate lawmakers on our industry and its key issues.

Click here for reservation information.

For details, please contact Nikida Levy via email or by phone at 202-857-5720.

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Medicaid Managed Care Congress: May 20-22 in Baltimore
Medicaid Managed Care Congress
At the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, government officials, health plan executives and other key players of the healthcare ecosystem come together to hear new case studies from industry peers and expert insights from state and federal regulatory bodies. This event will discuss the successes and challenges of implementation of major ACA provisions, delivery reform and payment reform and states pursuing better value. Use code XP2026MHPAB for a 15 percent discount.
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Job opportunity: Clinical director, Homecare & Managed Care
First Quality
First Quality, a leading manufacturer of disposable home healthcare products, is seeking a clinical director for our Homecare & Managed Care Business. This candidate will provide leadership and have a focus on clinical education, utilization management protocols and programs and operational program development within home care and managed care markets.
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Job opportunity: Physician contract negotiator | Chicago
Aetna
Negotiates, re-negotiates and executes physician and/or provider contracts in accordance with company standards in order to maintain and enhance provider networks while meeting and exceeding accessibility, quality and financial goals. Medicaid and Medicare contracting experience strongly preferred. Enter Requisition #22158.
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