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California governor's new budget slices — again — into health care
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California Gov. Jerry Brown released his revised budget and the cuts to health and human services are significant. Since the economy soured in 2007, state cuts to health and services programs have exceeded $15 billion. More

NAMD, former governors call for a permanent Medicaid waivers path    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State Medicaid directors and a bipartisan group of former governors are calling for the development of a pathway that would permanently integrate successful Medicaid demonstration programs into a state's Medicaid program. More

LexisNexis receives Health Care NCQA certification as a Credentials Verification Organization
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LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced that the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private, nonprofit that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, has certified LexisNexis Screening Solutions as a Credentials Verification Organization. More

Download your free copy of MHPA's new Treatment Adherence Best Practices Compendium
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Good health depends on adherence to treatments needed to control diseases — including taking essential medications as prescribed. Treatment adherence in Medicaid leads to healthier beneficiaries and better outcomes across a range of conditions. This compendium reviews the scope of the problem of non-adherence, the reasons behind it, and the programs Medicaid health plans use to educate beneficiaries and improve adherence. More

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Health care a major focus in 2012 campaigns
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Health care is back in the political spotlight, a full six months before the November elections. In a sign of just how dangerous the issue can be, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is pushing back aggressively against ads that attack his support for health care reform.  More

Sen. Leahy hopeful that John Roberts will vote to uphold health law
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he believes Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts might vote to uphold President  Barack Obama's health care law. More

Dems: GOP budget puts kids at risk on lead poisoning
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A group of House Democrats blasted Republicans for budget language that pared back an effort against lead poisoning. In a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 27 members pressed the agency to adopt a new exposure standard that would make more children eligible for treatment in spite of overall cuts to the prevention program. More

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Kansas: CMS posts KanCare proposal, invites public comment
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's plan for overhauling the state's Medicaid program has been posted on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. The posting marks the start of a 30-day public comment period on the CMS website. More

Florida Medicaid pay for doctors could soar
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Florida doctors who treat Medicaid patients are paid a pittance — less than it costs to cover their overhead. But they will have more incentive to treat the poor as of Jan. 1, assuming the Affordable Care Act is still in force. More

Republican state officials stall on setting up health insurance marketplaces
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In about two dozen states across the country, the insurance marketplaces at the heart of the 2010 health care law remain in limbo, with Republican governors or lawmakers who oppose the statute refusing to act until the Supreme Court decides its constitutionality. More

Dual-eligible patients are doubly appealing to managed-care companies, says Turner Investments commentary
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There are only 9 million Americans covered by both Medicare and Medicaid (known as "dual-eligible patients"), but they accumulate about $300 billion in health care costs annually. Now, according to the latest Sector Focus commentary from Turner Investments, the costs of caring for dual-eligible patients are expected to rise to $775 billion by 2024 and provide a long-term growth opportunity for managed-care companies. More

Illinois: Vote to create health-insurance exchange unlikely this spring
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A key downstate lawmaker who has worked since last summer to craft legislation that would create a health-insurance exchange for more than 1 million residents has given up, at least for now. More

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New study finds that unprecedented amount of cross-agency coordination needed to ensure successful management of new insurance marketplaces
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As states decide whether to establish and operate their own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act or have the federal government operate one, a new study released by Georgetown University and the National Academy of Social Insurance concludes that certifying and managing health plans in the exchange will require far greater collaboration across state agencies and with the federal government. More

Health Partners' Crazy Praise Dance Showcase wins MHPA Cultural Competency Award
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Health Partners' Crazy Praise Dance Showcase received the Medicaid Health Plans of America's Cultural Competency Award at the association's recent Best Practices Awards Forum in Washington, D.C. This national award recognizing outstanding cross-cultural programs was among several presented by MHPA for innovative best practices that improve the health of Medicaid beneficiaries. More

GHG Forum 2012: Access the Agenda Now

Gorman Health Group is the leading solutions provider in Government programs. Join us June 12 & 13 in Washington, D.C. for a conference event designed for teams from cross-functional operational areas. Register your team now. MORE.

MHPA's 2012 Best Practices Awards Forum: Presentations and Interviews
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View Presentations from MHPA's Best Practices Awards Forum

Listen as Richard Yadon of Medicaid Matters Interviews Awards Forum Winners

MHPA's New Keeping You Healthy video: Network Improvement Team by MDwise
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Quality in health care is of paramount importance for Medicaid health plans. Learn how MHPA member plan MDwise improved their quality outcomes as Dr. Caroline Carney-Doebbeling, CMO at MDwise, and Laura Trainor, manager of this initiative, discuss their program. Watch the YouTube video here.

Insights Webinar: Successfully Reducing Emergency Room Usage Monday, May 21
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Health plans nationwide are searching for ways to address the growing increase in emergency room utilization. In response to this trend, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies successfully developed an integrated, multi-layered program that helped to tackle this issue for one of its urban Medicaid health plans. Over the past three years, the program has demonstrated an ongoing decrease in the number of members using the emergency room as a primary care facility. Learn more and register. 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

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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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2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid | July 24-25, Arlington, Va.
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With the Supreme Court Ruling to determine the future of Medicaid Expansion in June, the 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid will be the first national platform for all stakeholders to come together to discuss the implications and next steps. Hear Thomas Johnson, president and CEO of MHPA, participate on a keynote panel with other industry leaders to address the Supreme Court Ruling on Medicaid expansion and health reform. MHPA members, receive a $200 discount when you register online or at 800.767.9499 with promo code MHPA200. More

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