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HHS says ACOs could save Medicare up to $960 million over 3 Years.
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The Obama administration released proposed rules to help hospitals and doctors form a new type of health care delivery system called accountable care organizations, and officials said they estimated the ACOs could save Medicare up to $960 million over three years. More

Leaked memo reveals Democrats strategy for defending health care regulations
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The Obama administration is anticipating criticism that a new regulation recently released could force seniors to lose access to their doctor, according to internal talking points obtained by The Hill. More

House GOP eyes $1 trillion in Medicaid cuts
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As Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gets ready to unveil the GOP's fiscal 2012 budget, GOP insiders say he'll look to extract roughly $1 trillion over 10 years in savings from Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled. More

Democrat rejects block grants in Medicaid
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The top Democrat on the House Budget Committee said he will fight back against GOP plans to turn Medicaid into a block grant system. The Hill reported Republicans are looking at Medicaid cuts of up to $1 trillion. More

As Medicaid budgets squeezed, states consider eccentric ideas on cutting costs
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When New York's Medicaid director asked the public for money-saving ideas, the most popular suggestion — as measured by the sheer volume of emails raising the idea — left him a bit red-faced. End payments for routine circumcisions, emailers advised. More

'Bold' changes to Florida Medicaid OK'd
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With the chief sponsor calling for "bold and transformative" changes, a Senate committee approved a controversial proposal that would hand over most of the Medicaid program to managed-care plans. More

Minnesota Senate OKs cuts in care for poor
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The Minnesota Senate voted to dramatically shrink government's role in providing health care for the poor and disabled. The far-reaching plan is the latest in a series of steps that the new Republican majority in the Legislature has taken in an effort to erase the state's projected $5.1 billion deficit without raising taxes. More

Stakes high as Texas lawmakers brace for debate on budget
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Texas school administrators, city officials, health care advocates and other groups urged lawmakers on to reconsider proposed deep cuts to an array of state services as state House members prepared for a marathon budget debate. More

South Dakota legislators see 2012 budget cuts to Medicaid
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The South Dakota Legislature's panel that writes state government's budgets decided that reductions in Medicaid reimbursement rates for the coming fiscal year must be followed by broader reforms for consideration when state lawmakers return for the 2012 session. More

Public-private health exchange bill heads to Maryland Gov. O'Malley
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Both branches of Maryland's General Assembly have given the green light to set up the state's new health insurance exchange as a public-private hybrid entity. The Maryland Senate approved Senate Bill 182, Gov. Martin O'Malley's health benefits exchange bill. More

Connecticut advocates worry adults in HUSKY program could lose out under health reform
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The federal health reform law is meant to expand health insurance coverage, but some advocates worry that it could inadvertently leave some low-income adults in Connecticut worse off. They want the state to take action now to ensure that doesn't happen, but that idea has critics. More

Medical groups not prepared for HIPAA 5010 compliance
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New Medical Group Management Association research indicates that medical groups face significant challenges as they seek to transition to the new HIPAA Version 5010 electronic standards. A majority of respondents to an MGMA questionnaire stated that critical software upgrades have not been made and testing with health plans has not been scheduled. More

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Centene and the Alliance for Health Reform sponsor April 4, Hill lunch briefing on children's health and health coverage
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This briefing will examine issues in children's health and health coverage, including the effects of various provisions in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the role of states in carrying them out. A distinguished panel will address such questions as: Who are the at-risk kids? How are states faring with enrollment and retention? Are state budget issues creating a dilemma for kids' coverage programs? Will states be able to maintain programs when the enhanced federal match under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 runs out in June? How will children and families be affected once major parts of the ACA become effective in 2014? What are the critical health issues affecting children? What initiatives are in place to keep kids healthy? Panelists include Vikki Wachino, director of Family and Children's Health Programs Group, CMS; Jocelyn Guyer, Georgetown's Center for Children and Families; Cathy Caldwell, director, Bureau of Children's Health Insurance, Alabama Department of Public Health; and Dr. Mary Mason, chief medical officer, Centene Corporation. Ed Howard of the Alliance will moderate. More

MHPA Center for Best Practices kicks off 'Keeping You Healthy' Video Series
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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'
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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:

Contact: John Montague: 610.878.9111 x206,

Registration now open for MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum, keynote luncheon speaker added
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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

Save the date: Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 Annual Meeting is Nov. 7-8
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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
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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 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
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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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