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Health cost growth slows further even as economy rebounds
Bloomberg
Provisions in the Affordable Care Act that penalize hospitals for excessive readmissions and encourage employers to offer wellness programs are slowing the growth of U.S. medical costs, even as the economy rebounds. Healthcare costs for commercial insurers and employers are expected to rise about 4.5 percent next year after accounting for changes in benefits, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said in a report. The increase is a percentage point less than what the consulting company projected for 2013.
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4 states take up Medicaid expansion as Arkansas preps 1115 waiver
InsideHealthPolicy
Arkansas plans to make a draft of the state's 1115 alternative Medicaid expansion premium assistance waiver available for comment at the end of June, an official from the Arkansas Department of Human Services told Inside Health Policy, as states that remain undecided on expansion potentially could view Arkansas' plan as a model. Recently, a handful of other state legislatures across the country — California, Arizona, Michigan and Maine — moved toward expanding Medicaid, though resistance, including a veto from Maine's governor, have left some of the expansion decisions up in the air.
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MHPA adds new partners and supporting members
MHPA
MHPA proudly welcomes Novo Nordisk and Centene Corporation as its newest partner companies. Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. Centene Corporation, founded as a single health plan in 1984, has established itself as a national leader in the healthcare services field.

MHPA is also pleased to announce the addition of two new supporting members: Amgen and Moss Adams LLP. Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Moss Adams LLP focuses on serving public, private and not-for-profit enterprises across the nation through specialized industry and service teams. Their healthcare group, including a health plan practice area, helps clients make smart, informed business decisions and finding innovative financial solutions to both drive growth and reduce risk.

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Slow start predicted for expanded Medicaid enrollment
Modern Healthcare
Officials hoping to enroll millions more beneficiaries into Medicaid programs this fall are signaling the possibility of a slow start. Ultimately, they hope to use some past success to overcome obstacles that have long left uncovered millions of Medicaid-eligible enrollees. (Free subscription required)
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Report: Improper use of prescription drugs costs $200 billion a year
Kaiser Health News
The U.S. spends $200 billion each year — about 8 percent of the nation's healthcare tab — on medical care stemming from improper or unnecessary use of prescription drugs, according to a new report. Much of those costs result from unneeded hospitalizations or doctor visits, per the study by the IMS Health's Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which provides data and other consulting services to the healthcare industry.
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Michigan governor cutting short Israel trip to push for Medicaid expansion
Michigan Live
A proposal to expand and reform Medicaid in Michigan remains stalled in the state Senate. Gov. Rick Snyder, who supports Medicaid expansion, is cutting short his trade trip to Israel, according to Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Snyder's goal is to persuade Senate Republicans to support the Medicaid plan before they leave for summer break, which could be very soon.
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Maine House deals final blow to Medicaid expansion
Bangor Daily News
In two votes on June 19, the Maine House fell short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill calling for the state to expand eligibility for Medicaid, the state-federal, low-income health insurance program, as allowed by the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Group targets Medicaid expansion in Arizona
The Arizona Republic
The next chapter in the battle over Medicaid expansion opened when, just two days after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the hard-fought legislation into law, a group of conservative Republicans launched a petition drive to refer it to voters.
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What changes now that doctors have declared obesity a 'disease'?
Los Angeles Times
Does it really matter if the medical establishment calls obesity a "disease" instead of a chronic health condition or a disorder? It's a question doctors and public health experts are considering in the wake of a vote by members of the American Medical Association to upgrade obesity to "disease" status. They believe that the answer is yes.
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'The Value of Medication Monitoring with Urine Drug Testing in the Clinical Setting:' A free webinar by Millennium Labs | Aug. 21 | 3 p.m. EST
MHPA
This webinar will help you better understand how Urine Drug Testing (UDT) provides an evidenced-based monitoring tool that can enhance the clinician-patient relationship. There is an emphasis on differences in testing methodologies, illustrated with case studies involving UDT results.
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'Opportunities to Improve Medication Adherence:' A free webinar by
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The introduction of three new medication adherence measures, each with a triple weight, makes Medicare Advantage and Part D pharmacy measures matter more than ever. But focus on driving improvement in medication adherence proliferates many other government and private insurer programs. In fact, medication adherence is a subject of importance now to Medicare, plans, hospitals, integrated delivery systems, retail pharmacies, industry and patients. With the patient at the center of these measures, you will learn key patient insights from a consumer marketer around medication adherence.
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Deloitte job opportunities
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Health plans face a number of unique market and regulatory pressures that impact how they conduct business today and in the future. Deloitte Consulting LLP is one of the world's leading management consulting firms for executable strategy, operations, technology and human capital advisory services, and it is uniquely positioned to provide business solutions to our clients.

Deloitte's Government Programs practice is seeking candidates who have consulting, compliance and operational experience as it relates to Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare D plans.

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Navigant job opportunities in DC, Chicago
Navigant
Navigant is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Navigant's Healthcare Practice strives to be the premier independent management consulting practice assisting senior level healthcare executives deal with their core business challenges.

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Majority of Americans oppose health insurer fee
MHPA
According to a new bipartisan poll on health reform, a majority of Americans oppose the Health Insurance Tax. MHPA's interim executive director Joe Moser comments on this finding and the effect of the insurer fee on consumers, state Medicaid programs and Medicaid beneficiaries.

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How Mississippi could end up killing Medicaid
The Washington Post
The fight over expanding Medicaid has gotten ugly, and the latest state to grab the spotlight is Mississippi, where a standoff in the legislature is pushing the state toward a cliff. Without a last-minute agreement, Medicaid may cease altogether there on July 1.

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State officials submit 1st quarterly KanCare report to feds
Kansas Health Institute
Kansas officials have made public their first quarterly report to federal authorities on the progress of KanCare, Gov. Sam Brownback's initiative to move virtually all the state's Medicaid enrollees into privately run managed care plans.

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Aetna job opportunity: Director of medical management for
Delaware Physicians Care

Aetna
Aetna is looking for a new director of medical management for Delaware Physicians Care. The position oversees the implementation and on-going execution of the strategic and operational business plan for the business segment's clinical operations, inbound/outbound call queue, implementation and/or plan sponsor operations. The position also coordinates business segment policies and procedures in support of financial, operational and service requirements.
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Recent webinar presentations from PwC, Deloitte, Reckitt Benckiser and others available free on MHPA website
MHPA
View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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2012-2013 Best Practices Compendium on sale now
MHPA
MHPA's 2012-2013 Best Practices Compendium is the sixth edition of our annual publication that contains Medicaid health plans' best practices, as well as helpful resource information. Get yours today ($25 for members, $30 for nonmembers). To order, call 202-857-5720, or email us.
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    States to lose $8.4 billion without Medicaid expansion (Bloomberg)
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