Healthfirst expands relationship with MedAssurant
MedAssurant, Inc., a leading provider of data-driven health care solutions, and Healthfirst, Inc., a leading provider of managed care services for Medicare and Medicaid health care programs in New Jersey and New York, announced their expanded relationship through the implementation of MedAssurant's integrated suite of comprehensive data analytics solutions to improve clinical outcomes and financial performance in both their Medicare and Medicaid populations. More
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services innovation website will be tool to vet delivery models
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services formally launched its innovations website, where it plans to gather and test new ideas to improve the health care system for its Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will pilot models for coordinated care for patients, as well as shared payments for health care providers, in various real world settings. More
News bites: A year later, states target reform
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State headlines highlight the one year anniversary of the health reform law signed by President Barack Obama.
The Ohio Legislature is considering a constitutional amendment to block the individual mandate, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) complains that health care reform is costing the state millions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. More
On reform anniversary, more waiver scrutiny
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A year ago, President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law after months of bruising political battles. Those battles certainly haven't let up, and there was no shortage of news coverage marking the law's first birthday. More
Republicans highlight health reform transparency bill
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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., marked the one year anniversary of the health care reform law by drawing attention to their bill requiring the Obama administration to publish more information about controversial waivers. More
Opponents of Medicaid cuts warn of devastating ripple effect - Texas
Proposed steep cuts to Texas Medicaid spending threaten to force medically fragile children and adults with disabilities away from home care and into nursing homes and other institutions, health care advocates said at recent Capitol rallies. More
Blue Shield Foundation will provide $9 million in grants - California
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The Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced that it will provide more than $9 million in grants during the first quarter to support safety-net services, improve health care access and combat domestic violence. More
Feds may act if Florida stalls on health reform law
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If Florida leaders refuse to carry out the new national health care law, Uncle Sam is prepared to take charge on behalf of the state's consumers. One year after President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul into law, federal officials are urging Florida and other reluctant states to shape it to meet their needs and to take advantage of millions of dollars of federal planning grants. More
Governor says Republican cuts to health and human services will lead to higher medical costs for Montana
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At a news conference, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Republican cuts to health care for seniors, children and those with disabilities, will force Montana to lower payments to hospitals and other health care providers, driving up the cost of health care. More
North Carolina health insurance mandate may be eliminated
The North Carolina Legislature and Senate have approved House Bill 2, called "Protect Health Care Freedom." This bill is designed to weaken the well-known "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", which was passed into law by the federal government in March of 2010. More
Senate GOP health bill moves 100,000 people off state plan - Minnesota
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The author of a Republican bill proposed in the Minnesota Senate says it will transform and improve the state's health care system with deep cuts totaling $1.8 billion, but Democrats say it will eliminate care for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. More
Urban Institute: ACA will help health care, but not overall economy
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have little net effect on overall employment but should provide a modest boost in health care sector employment, according to the Urban Institute. The organization's new report, "How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Jobs?," contradicts claims that the new law would place an undue burden on individual business owners, causing them to reduce their labor force. More
Baucus, Hatch want fraud updates
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Top members of the Senate Finance Committee want frequent progress reports from the Obama administration about its effort to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse in federal health programs. More
Some states advance IT for health insurance exchanges
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Kansas, Maryland and other states are beginning to assemble the information technology building blocks needed to create their health insurance exchanges called for under the year old health reform law. More
MHPA Center for Best Practices kicks off 'Keeping You Healthy' Video Series
Each month the Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices "Keeping You Healthy" Video Series will feature a Medicaid health plan best practice that has affected the lives of the people they serve. Its first installment is the "Lose to Win Type II Diabetes and Obesity Education Program" by Keystone Mercy Health Plan. Click here to view the video on YouTube.
TMG Health sponsors free webinar: 'The Outlook for Medicare & Medicaid - A View From Wall Street'
Carl McDonald, of CITI Investments will present 2 p.m. EDT. April 6.
Description: TMG Health sponsors a complimentary webinar featuring Carl McDonald, of CITI Investments, speaking on "The Outlook for Medicare & Medicaid - A View From Wall Street." Carl will address the following topics:
- The effect from an improved Medicare reimbursement outlook
- Medicare enrollment trends for 2011 & 2012
- The potential for Mergers & Acquisitions
- The state Medicaid opportunity and what health reform in 2014 means
- The effect of state budgets on plans
To register: www.tmghealth.com
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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.
Save the date: Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 Annual Meeting is Nov. 7-8
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 email@example.com. 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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