MHPA President and CEO Thomas L. Johnson Live on Medicaid Matters Talk Show Today Tues., May 24 at 1 p.m. EST
Medicaid reform is at the center of the federal budget debate. What is best — block grants or single rate matches? Will Medicaid expansion still grow as projected? What are the best practices in Medicaid health plans? Join host Richard Yadon as he talks with special guest Thomas Johnson, President and CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America, about these and other issues. 1 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. CST. More
MHPA President and CEO Thomas L. Johnson presents today at Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Medicaid event, 3 p.m. EST, Hall of States, Washington, DC
At "Medicaid in a New Era: Proven Solutions That Enhance Quality and Reduce Costs," Mr. Johnson will be discussing innovative best practices of MHPA member plans and other insights from the Medicaid health plan perspective. Moderated by PFCD's Dr. Ken Thorpe, other presenters include N.C., Medicaid's Dr. Elizabeth Tilson and health economist Robert Freeman. More
Centene Corporation receives national recognition for innovative member programs
Centene Corporation recently earned national recognition for its innovative member programs with the Case in Point Platinum Awards, the Medicaid Health Plans of America Best Practices Awards and the Web Health Awards. More
HMS president and CEO named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2011 Southwest Area Award finalist
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HMS a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., announced that President and CEO William Lucia is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Southwest Area Award finalist. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. More
States, counties spar over Medicaid 'flexibility'
State and local governments frequently find themselves on the same side of an issue when they make a pitch to federal lawmakers, and it's not unusual for members of the "Big Seven" — the D.C. associations representing state and local governments — to take joint positions. More
States should be allowed to implement key health reform law provisions early, experts say
More than eight of 10 leaders in health and health care policy believe states should be allowed to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act early with full federal support, ahead of the timeline outlined in the law. Such key provisions include expanding Medicaid eligibility to cover more low-income families and creating insurance exchanges with premium subsidies. More
Important info about CHIPRA core set of recommended health care quality measures released
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act legislation required a core set of recommended health care quality measures to be identified for voluntary use by State Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Programs, which together cover almost 40 million American children and adolescents. More
Medicaid's role for black Americans
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This fact sheet examines Medicaid's role for black Americans. It includes data on Medicaid's coverage of black Americans and the program's impact on their access to care, as well as the impacts of the recent recession and the coming expansion of Medicaid under health reform on enrollment in Medicaid among black Americans. More
Business groups split over health care repeal legislation
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Small business lobbies split along ideological lines as Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that would repeal several provisions of Democrats' health care reform law. The powerful National Federation of Independent Business stood by Kyl as he unveiled his bill to repeal the law's employer mandate and its tax on health care plans. More
Study: Dentists hesitate to treat kids on Medicaid
Dentists were less willing to see kids who needed an emergency appointment if they were covered by Medicaid than if they had private insurance in a new study based in Cook County, Illinois. Even dental practices that were enrolled in the state's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program were more willing to treat a kid with private insurance than one enrolled in the state's plan for low-income families according to the findings, which are published in Pediatrics. More
Suit challenges Arizona plan to cut Medicaid program
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The Arizona Supreme Court should stop Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to eliminate health coverage for thousands of low-income Arizonans because it violates the will of voters and the state Constitution, attorneys for Medicaid enrollees said in a special action recently filed. More
Rhode Island's Medicaid experiment draws raves, suspicion
After six months in hospitals and nursing homes rehabbing from a stroke, Elvira Tesarek of Warren, R.I., had a decision to make: Either Medicaid would move her to a long-term nursing facility, or she could simply go home. More
Texas House tentatively OKs Medicaid fiscal reform bill
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The state House tentatively passed a health care bill intended to increase efficiency and cost savings in Texas' expensive Medicaid programs — but not before adding a far-ranging variety of amendments. Medicaid fraud, abortion and immigration issues all entered the debate, drawing jeers and cheers among members. More
Florida pushing new fees for most Medicaid recipients
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Florida wants to be the first state in the nation to charge most of its Medicaid recipients a monthly premium as well as $100 for using the ER for routine care. But even supporters acknowledge that the new fees, which the state legislature passed recently as part of a sweeping Medicaid measure, face long odds of getting federal approval. More
Washington, DC Medicaid program could lose major contractor
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The District's Medicaid managed care program could be in jeopardy because one of its two contractors has threatened to pull up stakes amid piling losses, according to a memo to Mayor Vincent Gray obtained by the Washington Business Journal. More
MHPA Webinar: Complex Care Management
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.
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Call-In number: 866.476.8702
Participant Code: 529106 More
Free Webinar: Ethicon Endo Surgery's 'Minimally Invasive Procedures — What's the Value for Health Plans?,' June 8 at 2-3:30 p.m. EST
There are over 4.4 million general surgical procedures annually. Once patients have exhausted other treatment alternatives and surgery becomes a necessary procedure, providing a minimally invasive approach, also referred to as laparoscopic surgery, improves clinical outcomes, decreases the hospital stay and brings a faster return to normal activity, AND costs the payor and the patient less money, when compared to standard open or abdominal surgery. Developing a product to encourage appropriate use of minimally invasive procedures can provide significant clinical and economic savings to patients and payors. Dr. Lou Hochheiser, Chief Medical Leader, Humana, Inc., will explore what health plans can do to drive the use of Minimally Invasive Procedures.
To login, go to the homepage www.pcconf.com and click join. Participant ID #: 3183287 (both video and audio). Call in number: 1.800-839.9416 Questions? Please contact Thanh Buscarini at 202. 857.5728.
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 email@example.com. More
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