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UnitedHealthcare Baby Blocks helps expectant moms in Ohio deliver healthy babies
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UnitedHealthcare has launched an online, interactive incentive program to help pregnant women and new mothers with prenatal and well-baby care. UnitedHealthcare Baby Blocks is available now at no charge to UnitedHealthcare Medicaid beneficiaries in Ohio. Women who enroll in UnitedHealthcare Baby Blocks earn rewards for completing prenatal, postpartum and well-baby appointments. More

DST Health Solutions introduces tool to help reduce cost and effort for migration testing, including HIPAA 5010
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DST Health Solutions, LLC, announced the release of a feature-rich offering utilizing DST Worldwide Services' Test Automation Framework tool, delivering automated test scripts that can be built and maintained by business experts rather than programmers. This tool provides health plans with the potential for faster, more accurate and less expensive testing capabilities. More

Study on health care law, deficit puts Obama administration on the defensive
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The Obama administration is playing defense after a Republican Medicare trustee released a report that says the president's health care law will add $340 billion to the deficit. More

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Kentucky Democrat challenges McConnell over health law claims
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Democratic Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth offered a rare and detailed point-by-point rebuttal to a newspaper column Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., penned for the congressman's hometown newspaper. More

Romney's health care law gets awkward birthday party
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Guess who's celebrating the sixth anniversary of "Romneycare?" Here's a hint: It's not Mitt Romney. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick marked the state's landmark health care reform law with a ceremony at Faneuil Hall — the same place where Mitt Romney signed the bill almost six years ago, long before the state's reform became the model for the federal reform reviled by conservatives. More

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Poll finds partisan Supreme Court decision on health care expected
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Half of Americans believe the "partisan political views" of Supreme Court justices will determine how they rule on President Barack Obama's health care reform law, versus only 40 percent who think they'll rule "on the basis of the law," according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More

Consumer group cries foul over GOP's 2013 budget
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The fiscal 2013 budget, which was passed in the House, would cause seniors' health care costs to surge and wreak havoc on Medicare and Medicaid, two new reports suggest. More

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Survey: Growth in health costs is slowing
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Health care costs aren't growing quite as rapidly as they have in the past, according to new research from Buck Consultants. The study predicts that health insurance costs will rise this year by less than 10 percent — the first time growth has been that low in more than a decade. More

Clock ticking for Pennsylvania to launch insurance exchange
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The clock is ticking on creation of a key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania — the insurance exchange. The insurance exchange will be a regulated and standardized Internet-based system from which eligible individuals may purchase health insurance using federal subsidies. More

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Gorman Health Group invites you to join industry leaders for a must-see Government programs conference event June 12 & 13 in Washington, D.C. designed for attendance by plans’
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What the health law means for the Latino community    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Across the country, more than 50 million Latinos are part of our communities, classrooms and workplaces. And thanks to the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 5.4 million Latinos will gain insurance coverage by 2016 under the new law, according to an issue brief released by HHS. More

The Second Annual Awards Forum is only 3 weeks away!
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Is your plan nominated for a best practices award? Attend the Awards Forum and show your support! Register now for the April 30 meeting of industry CEOs, COOs, CMOs and other key health plan personnel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1615 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.). Attendees will be treated to presentations by Dr. Ken Thorpe of Emory University and executive director of The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Joel Menges, COO of  and Dr. Amy Boutwell, founder of Collaborative Healthcare Strategies, and a range of other experts sharing their most effective best practice methods. More

Next Insights Webinar: Cost of Care for Hemophilia Patients: When in Doubt, Carve Them Out — April 23, 2012
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By Baxter Healthcare Corporation. As states move to managed Medicaid, it is beneficial for all stakeholders to understand the potential impact of the rare and unique disease state, hemophilia. Through this webinar, an expert will share his/her experience of the uniqueness of the hemophilia disease state. The speaker will discuss clinical and economic considerations in the management of members with hemophilia. More

Are you maximizing your capitation revenue? How do you know? — Wednesday June 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm ET, A free webinar by DataWing Software
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Have you ever paid claims for ineligible members? Reconciling your capitation payments can help.

During this hour presentation, DataWing Software will cover:
• Where does the data come from and why there are discrepancies
• How do I know that our MCO has an issue
• Ideas from other MCO's on how they address the challenge
• Technology solution to solve this challenge

Register for this free webinar

Partnership for reducing readmissions and length of stay — Thursday June 14 at 1:00 pm ET, A free webinar by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
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The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program is intended to reduce hospital readmissions by aligning them with payment incentives. Hospice and palliative care programs can help providers reduce hospital readmissions by providing comprehensive care to patients. They improve discharge planning and increase coordination of care while being cost effective. This results in improved quality patient care and increased patient/family satisfaction.

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Introducing the Best Practices Compendium for Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
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Medicaid health plans are part of the solution for improving quality of care for people with serious mental illness. This new compendium highlights challenges in delivering mental health services for people with SMI, outlines important treatment recommendations and identifies examples of cutting edge approaches used by Medicaid health plans to address needs of people with SMI. Download a free PDF copy or request a print copy at 202.857.5720 or More

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.

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.

Download the Brochure
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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