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Florida Legislature passes massive Medicaid overhaul
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Arguing that the proposal will save tax dollars and improve patient care, Republican lawmakers approved a massive overhaul of Florida's Medicaid system. The proposal, which has been debated, would eventually shift hundreds of thousands of poor and elderly beneficiaries into health maintenance organizations and other types of managed-care plans. More



Medicaid Health Plans of America President and CEO Thomas Johnson will appear on BlogTalkRadio's Show
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Medicaid Health Plans of America President and CEO Thomas Johnson will appear on BlogTalkRadio's show "Medicaid Matters" with host Richard Yadon May 24, 1 p.m. EDT. The exclusive interview will highlight some of the important issues in the ongoing debate about Medicaid's future. More

WellPoint taps industry leaders for panel
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With the recent passage of health care reform, Medicaid will provide more Americans with access to health care services and, understanding how to design and implement programs that will meet the needs of these individuals will be critical. More

Bravo Health Insurer clinic for Medicaid, Medicare patients cut hospital bills
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Insurers that cover Medicare and Medicaid patients are setting up clinics that have been reducing hospital and ED bills for their patients, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer. These managed care plans are under pressure to reduce costs. Medicare Advantage plans expect to see $145 billion in cuts over 10 years and Medicaid managed care plans, which are growing as states try to reduce Medicaid expenses, could possibly see lower reimbursements as states push for more cuts. More

Centene Corporation's Arizona subsidiary awarded long-term care contracts
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Centene Corporation was notified that the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System has awarded Bridgeway Health Solutions, Centene's Arizona subsidiary, contracts to deliver Arizona Long Term Care System services. Centene  was one of the three successful bidders and were awarded contracts in three geographic service areas. More


State budget difficulties and implementation of the Affordable Care Act are driving and shaping the Medicaid managed care market. Sellers Dorsey positions our clients for growth in the ever-changing world of Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and more. Sellers Dorsey. Redefining the possibilities. more


Ad campaign against funding cuts to children's programs launched
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The advocacy organization Vote Kids launched an ad campaign blasting the Republican budget proposal in the early battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire. "Some politicians want to cut kids' programs while protecting corporate giveaways and tax breaks for the rich," the ad says. "Tell the presidential candidates to protect America's kids—and the programs that protect them." More

Medicaid might be a better target for cuts than Medicare
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With major changes to Medicare likely on hold for the time being, advocates say the GOP has Medicaid "in its sights" as a more realistic place to make health care spending cuts. The leaders of two leading advocacy organizations told The Hill that they expect the House Energy and Commerce Committee to move quickly on a bill that would let states set new Medicaid eligibility rules. More

CMS issues proposed rule on methods for assuring access to covered Medicaid services, including provider payment rates
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would require a standardized, transparent process for states to determine if provider payment rates create access problems for their Medicaid beneficiaries. More

Democrats ask GOP chairmen for hearings on Medicare, Medicaid
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Top Democrats on the House committees that oversee health care are asking the panels' chairmen to hold hearings on the effect of Republicans' budget proposal on Medicare and Medicaid. Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sandy Levin D-Mich., the ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, made the request in a letter. More



HHS announces Medicaid flexibility for states affected by tornados
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The Department of Health and Human Services offered officials in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee several options to speed Medicaid eligibility for residents who need help paying for health services in the wake of recent tornados and severe storms in those states. More

California slowing down in reform implementation
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Health care advocates and stakeholders in California are expressing concern that the state is slowing down in its efforts to implement provisions of the federal health reform law, Politico reports. More

Democrats object to New Mexico governor's Medicaid plan
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Democratic lawmakers and social services advocates say Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is moving too quickly with a possible overhaul of Medicaid, which provides health care for a fourth of New Mexico's population. More

Indiana opens Medicaid EHR program
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Indiana is one of the first 15 states to open their Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for registration to Medicaid eligible professionals and eligible hospitals. Eligible providers and eligible hospitals will be able to receive Medicaid EHR incentive payments after successfully registering and having adopted, implemented or upgraded certified EHR technology. More

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Event: MHPA's Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum on May 18; presentations added
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Register now for the MHPA Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum on May 18. The awards ceremony at the Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C., will also feature MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney as keynote luncheon speaker as well as the following presentations: "National Quality Improvement Strategy and Other Quality Improvement Provisions of the Affordable Care Act" — Dave Domann, MS, RPh, Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "An Innovative Model to Fight Childhood Lead Poisoning, Increase Screening Rates and Improve Health Outcomes" — Joel De Jesus, Magellan Biosciences "Childhood Obesity: A "United" Call to Action" — Sandra Bruce Nichols, M.D., UnitedHealthcare and "Targeting Pre-term Births in the Medicaid Population" — Kimberly Roop, M.D., WellPoint. To register or sponsor, please click here or contact Thanh Buscarini at 202.857.5728 or tbuscarini@mhpa.org. More

Event: 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress — May 18-20 in 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 and CEO, Thomas L. Johnson as well as more than 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, M.D., acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

• Thomas L. Johnson, president and CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America

• Edwina Rogers, executive director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

• Philip Bonaparte, M.D., 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 and 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 emailing register@iirusa.com. Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.



Event: Insuring the under and uninsured: The Health Plan Forum on Medicaid Expansion & Health Benefit Exchanges, San Francisco, July 18-19
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Reaching, Servicing and Retaining the New Enrollee Population

Hear MHPA President and CEO, Thomas L. Johnson give his take on the Medicaid expansion and the health insurance exchange populations in "Analyzing the Numbers: How Will Plans Serve This New Market."

Other Conference Highlights Include:
• Defining the new enrollee population: Who are they? What can you expect from various market segments?
• Market segmentation and analysis: What are the pros and cons of the new markets?
• Assessing financial viability and adverse selection on the exchanges

Exclusive Discounted Pricing Available
As a Medicaid Health Plans of America member, you can register for the event as a guest of MHPA and receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with the special discount code HMP027. To qualify for an exclusive membership discount, call Kathie Eberhard at 1.704.341.2439 or email keberhard@frallc.com.
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MHPA Webinar: Complex Care Management
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May 26, 2-3:30 p.m. EST

• Medicaid Health Plans of America webinar on Complex Care Management (also called complex case management or CCM).
• Briefing on CCM in Medicaid, including primer on CCM, latest issues and trends, and opportunities for States and Medicaid health plans.
• By Kip Piper of Sellers Dorsey.

Login to Webinar at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/856373694

For audio, dial:

Call-In number: 866.476.8702
Participant Code: 529106
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