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Survey: 36 percent of physicians can't afford to take Medicaid patients
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Staffing company Jackson Healthcare's recent survey of several thousand physicians nationwide reveals that 36 percent of them are unable to accept new Medicaid patients due to declining reimbursements.  More



Registration now open for MHPA's 2012 Annual Meeting | October 24-26
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The MHPA 2012 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., again will be the country's largest gathering of top-level executives in the Medicaid health plan industry. This year's meeting, "A Pivotal Time for Medicaid Health Plans," kicks-off just one week before Americans cast their ballots in a presidential election in which health care is one of the foremost issues. As you've come to expect, the MHPA Annual Meeting will provide the perfect opportunity to participate in thought-provoking sessions and hear from compelling speakers, including Charlie Cook, political analyst and publisher of The Cook Report; Donna Brazile, political strategist and commentator; and Robert Brownstein, political director for Atlantic Media Corp.

For more info and to register online, visit http://www.mhpa.org/Events/2012_Annual_Meeting/.


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Kaine calls for Tavenner hearing
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Virginia Senate hopeful Tim Kaine is blasting Senate Democrats for not planning a confirmation hearing for Marilyn Tavenner, President Barack Obama's nominee to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and a former top health official in his state. More

Urologists plan lobby effort to ensure CMS covers PSA screening test
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A urology physicians group is urging its members to reach out to lawmakers to make sure the government does not restrict Medicare and Medicaid access to prostate cancer screening, reacting to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendation against use of the Prostate-Specific Antigen screening test for prostate cancer in healthy men. More

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Senate approves bill striking word 'lunatic' from federal law
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The Senate quickly approved legislation that would remove the word "lunatic" everywhere it appears in the federal code. The Senate approved S. 2367 by unanimous consent, giving the House a chance to act if it wishes, although no House member has introduced a similar bill. More

Removing the stigma from mental illness
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For Ron Oden, the imaginary conversations were the first sign that his wife Felicia was becoming mentally ill. "She would tell me about these conversations that we had, that I couldn't remember. And I've got a good memory. So she's relating my responses. And some of them sounded like me and others didn't. So I'm thinking, 'Did we have this conversation? Did this happen?'" More

May is Mental Illness Month: Download your free copy of MHPA's 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 info@mhpa.org. More



Kansas: KanCare work groups proposed
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Administration officials announced plans for forming four stakeholder work groups to ensure a smooth transition to KanCare, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's plan for remaking the state's Medicaid program. More

Kentucky governor walks fine line on insurance exchanges
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The Democratic Kentucky governor aims to accommodate whatever the Supreme Court justices decide about the constitutionality of the health reform law. While Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has been primarily studying options for the state health insurance exchange, he has put a lot of money into preparations to be ready to act if needed, having accepted $66.4 million in federal planning and establishment grants. More

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UnitedHealthcare's new call center employs 125 workers
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UnitedHealthcare has opened a new call center in Miami that employs some 125 area workers. The new facility will provide customer service support to more than 165,000 Floridians who are customers of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida and beneficiaries of the company's Florida Healthy Kids, Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid and Medicaid programs. More

HMS promotes employment of veterans with Hero Health Hire
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HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., that it has joined Hero Health Hire, a coalition of health care organizations united with the goal of employing wounded warriors and veterans. Launched in Washington, D.C. at a 2011 industry summit that included the U.S. Secretary of Labor, members of Congress, and representatives of a number of government agencies and the military, Hero Health Hire includes companies, associations and hospitals from across the spectrum of health care that collectively employ hundreds of thousands. More

A unique government programs event

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’
cross-functional teams. Register your team now. MORE.


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.

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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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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