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MHPA's Center for Best Practices honors health plan programs for improving access, quality of care of Medicaid enrollees.
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Medicaid Health Plans of America and its Center for Best Practices presented a select few of its member health plans with awards for their innovative best practices that have improved the health of Medicaid beneficiaries. More



Report: Pennsylvania HealthChoices Medicaid Managed Care has saved state up to $5.9 billion; will save $3.6 billion more
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HealthChoices, the high-quality Managed Care program for 1.2 million of Pennsylvania's Medicaid recipients, has saved the Commonwealth as much as $5.9 billion in state and federal funds in a little more than a decade and is projected to save the State up to another $3.6 billion over the next five years, according to a report released. More

Magellan Biosciences, Inc. to present at Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum
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Magellan Biosciences, a global manufacturer of products designed to make diagnostic testing easier, more cost-effective, and less labor intensive, announced that its Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Joel De Jesus, will be a featured speaker at the Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum, which takes place in Washington, D.C. More

MyHealthDIRECT is Silver Sponsor of 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 18-20
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MyHealthDIRECT announced that it has assumed silver-level sponsorship of the 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, the largest and longest running industry event for state Medicaid officials and Medicaid health plan executives, to be held May 18-20, at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md. More

Verizon wireless and Medco unveil first mobile medication app with real-time patient-specific drug safety and savings information
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Verizon Wireless and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. announced a mobile application that can instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions. 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


Kool Smiles opens new office in Maryland
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Kool Smiles, a leading dental health provider for children and adults, now has opened its doors to additional families in Maryland with a new office location in Takoma Park. Kool Smiles of Takoma Park officially opened on May 2 as the organization continues to expand access to quality dental care for families in underserved communities across the nation. More

Kool Smiles hiring dozens of health care professionals for Maryland, Washington, D.C. offices
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Kool Smiles, a leading dental health provider for children and adults, is hosting job fairs to fill almost 50 positions in its Maryland and Washington, D.C. offices. The new jobs are part of the organization's continued efforts to expand access to quality dental care for families in underserved communities. More

Delaware budget: Medicaid savings questioned
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Deleware Gov. Jack Markell's attempt to rein in Medicaid costs ran into problems  during the first vetting of a proposal to reduce benefits in the state's health insurance program for the poor. More

Lawsuit looms over Arizona Medicaid cuts
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A public-interest law firm preparing a suit against the state of Arizona over planned Medicaid cuts could file a special action with the Arizona Supreme Court. Attorney Tim Hogan, who said he was inclined to wait until federal officials ruled on the plan, said that an administrative rule since proposed by the state's Medicaid program has prompted him to move more quickly. More



CMS unveils new initiatives to kickstart ACO formation
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While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continues to finalize the proposed rule on creating accountable care organizations—and listens to concerns from providers about their feasibility—it introduced three new initiatives Tuesday to move the accountable care process further along. More

Feds lay out HIT grant requirements for state Medicaid directors
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Federal regulators on Wednesday sent state Medicaid directors a letter laying out the conditions for them to receive financial incentives to adopt electronic medical records, as called for in the 2009 recovery act. More

Fewer emergency rooms available as new Medicaid law increases need
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Hospital emergency rooms, particularly those serving the urban poor, are closing at an alarming rate even as emergency visits are rising, according to a report published recently. Urban and suburban areas have lost a quarter of their hospital emergency departments over the last 20 years, according to the study, in The Journal of the American Medical Association. More

The Lewin Group appoints Dr. Paul J. Wallace director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research
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Paul J. Wallace, M.D., has joined The Lewin Group as senior vice president and director of its Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research. A board-certified physician in internal medicine and hematology, Dr. Wallace most recently was medical director for health and productivity management programs at Kaiser Permanente's national Permanente Federation. More

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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
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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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Medicaid Health Plans of America proudly welcomes Leanne Cardwell as Director of Membership and Development
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Leanne R. Cardwell joined Medicaid Health Plans of America as their new Director of Membership and Development. Her duties will include showing Medicaid health plans, members and non-members alike, the value that MHPA brings to their organizations and the health plan industry as a whole. She will also work with MHPA sponsors and other companies that provide specialized services to the industry and highlight the benefits of partnering with MHPA. More

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