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MHPA's New Keeping you Healthy video: Healthy You, Healthy Me by Amerihealth Mercy Health Plan
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Today's children are the most overweight generation in the history of the U.S. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of overweight children and youth has more than tripled over the last 35 years. In addition to the increase in type II diabetes in children, overweight children also have increased the rates of diagnosed hypertension and asthma. To combat this epidemic, AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan partnered with the Neighborhood Center in Harrisburg, Pa., to create our "Healthy You, Healthy Me" Childhood Obesity Program. Watch the YouTube video here.

MHPA Insights webinars discounted; first webinar 'Risk Adjustment' on Monday, March 26, 11 am EST
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The MHPA Center for Best Practices 2012 Insights Webinar Series kicks off with "Impact on Revenue and Quality of Care," a 90-minute presentation on risk adjustment by Altegra Health. Register now for this and other webinars for the new low price of $69 each for MHPA members ($79 for non-members).

Click here to register for "Impact on Revenue and Quality of Care."

You can still subscribe to the full package of twenty 90-minute webinars that will cover the following issues:
- Hot Trends and Topics
- Improve Your Operations
- Risk Adjustment
- Clinical Best Practices
- Compliance Issues
- Dual Eligibles

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.

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

Health Partners number 3 on Inquirer/Daily News Top Workplaces List
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Health Partners of Philadelphia Inc., the not-for-profit, managed care health insurance organization, is one of the top large companies to work for in the Philadelphia region, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Health Partners ranked number three out of 20 large businesses. 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.

House strips language in GOP health bill linking Commerce Clause to health care
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House Republicans voted to eliminate language in their own health care reform bill that said the U.S. health care industry affects interstate commerce, which Republicans feared, could undermine their argument that the Democrats' 2010 health care law abused the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. More

The Obama vacuum: House Democrats defend health care reform
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House Democrats are going all out to defend their health care reform law as the Supreme Court takes the case. President Barack Obama is talking about energy and jobs. And not too many Senate Democrats plan on blowing out birthday candles for the law's second anniversary. More

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Pelosi: Health care law guarantees 'life, liberty, pursuit of happiness'
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that the 2010 health care law, which prompted complaints from conservatives that Democrats far exceeded their constitutional authority, actually helps people meet the goal outlined in the Declaration of Independence, which promotes mankind's rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." More

Health care law's many unknown side effects
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Two years after Congress passed President Barack Obama's health care legislation, despite all the assertions about what it will or won't do, no one really knows how it's going to work. The U.S. has rarely attempted anything of this scale before. More


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Health law could hinge on wheat, pot and broccoli
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The survival of President Barack Obama's signature health care law may come down to wheat, pot, guns — and a nagging question about broccoli. Strange as it may seem, those diverse topics are apt to surface repeatedly during arguments at the Supreme Court over the health law's constitutionality. More

Kansas Senate committee endorses KanCare oversight bill
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The Senate Ways and Means Committee endorsed a bill that would create a joint legislative committee to oversee the implementation of KanCare, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to move virtually all the state's Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans. More

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2 very different Miami hospitals prepare for health law's Medicaid expansion
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The health law's expansion of Medicaid will cover some 16 million more Americans in the government program for the poor — if that part of the law survives the legal challenge it faces in the Supreme Court. More

Humana and CareSource form Alliance to serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, particularly 'dual-eligible' population
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Humana Inc., one of the nation's largest and most experienced Medicare companies, and CareSource, one of the most respected Medicaid companies in the U.S., are joining forces in a strategic alliance designed to enable both companies to more effectively serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries — particularly people who qualify for both programs, the 'dual-eligible' population. More

Oregon: A single coordinated care organization could emerge in the tri-county area
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As transformation moves ahead, an unlikely group of competitors have come together to create what many believed was impossible — a single coordinated care organization for the Portland, Ore., tri-county area. More

Illinois aims to coordinate Medicaid care
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Illinois, the home state of President Barack Obama, and the same state that elected a Democratic governor in 2010 despite saying he would raise taxes to fix the budget, sent a moderate message to the Republican Party with a strong win by Mitt Romney in the March 20, GOP primary. More

Save money on MHPA's Insights Webinars: Register now for the 2012 Best Practices Awards Forum
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Register for the MHPA Center for Best Practices Second Annual Awards Forum (8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.) and receive 15 percent off MHPA's Insights Webinars (20-webinar series package) or 25 percent off an Insights individual webinar. Contact Suzanne Austin at 202.857.5720 or to take advantage of this special deal. More

New Webinar from Dual Eligibles: State Initiatives and Growth Opportunities for Health Plans
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In the past year, the federal and state governments have developed huge new initiatives to expand integrated care delivery for Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles and, in the process, created big near-term growth opportunities for health plans. During this April 12 Webinar from, hear Thomas Johnson, from Medicaid Health Plans of America, and Gary Jacobs, from Universal American Corporation, detail how states' dual initiatives will transform both what they do and how they do it. You'll also hear directly from California's top duals consultant, Peter Harbage, of Harbage Consulting, about the state's process and intentions. More

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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