Medicaid Health Plans of America hits back at Commonwealth Fund for report on Medicaid managed care plans
The June 2011 Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief, "Assessing the Financial Health of Medicaid Managed Care Plans and the Quality of Patient Care They Provide," used limited data to draw inappropriate conclusions regarding the Medicaid health plan industry, asserts Medicaid Health Plans of America, the trade group representing the industry. More
Opposition to Medicaid cuts crystallizes
The Hill Share
The nation's largest Jewish organization announced that it's convening other religious groups to fight Medicaid cuts, the same day a nonpartisan coalition of providers and health plans separately launched an ad campaign against the cuts. More
Kool Smiles opens new offices in New Orleans
Dentistry IQ Share
Kool Smiles, a leading dental health provider for children and adults, has expanded into New Orleans with offices in Gentilly and Gretna. The new locations, which opened in May and June respectively, are the company's first in the New Orleans metro area, offering local residents convenient new options for quality dental care. More
TriZetto launches automated payment bundling solution for health care payers to help reduce costs and improve quality
Business Wire via InfoTech Share
The TriZetto Group, Inc. announced the launch of its NetworX Payment Bundling Administration application for health plans, employer consortia and third-party administrators. More
Payers ready for explosion of Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions?
Employers Web Share
Although the recession has begun to loosen its grip on the U.S., states are faced with helping 6 million new Medicaid beneficiaries who joined the government health program during the economic downturn. More
GOP files slew of health care amendments to trade deal
The Hill Share
Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have filed a slew of amendments to the Korea free-trade agreement that would repeal pieces of the health care reform law. More
Managed care organizations see medical enrollment growth for the first time in 4 years
Business Wire via Alamogordo Daily News Share
HealthLeaders-InterStudy, the leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that managed care organizations saw an increase in enrollment in the second half of 2010 for the first time in four years. More
Medicaid boost to states set to end
The $830 billion economic stimulus package of federal spending and tax breaks temporarily increased the reimbursements states receive from the government for Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. More
Florida Medicaid managed care pilot extended for one more month
The Florida independent Share
Despite problems brought to light by health care providers, patients and research studies, a Medicaid managed care pilot program in place in five Florida counties for more than five years was recently extended, temporarily at least. More
New Jersey Legislature OKs measure to stop Medicaid cuts
The New Jersey Legislature has passed a resolution aimed at stopping Gov. Chris Christie sweeping changes to the state's Medicaid program. Christie plans to ask the federal government to approve $300 million in cuts to the health care program for low-income people. More
Kansas public forums scheduled on Medicaid reform
The Emporia Gazette Share
The Kansas Lieutenant Governor's office has scheduled three public forums focused on Medicaid reform. They will be held in Topeka, Wichita and Dodge City. "It is essential to Governor Brownback and me that we receive guidance from Kansans while we work to reform our state’s Medicaid system," Lt. Governor Colyer said in a press release. More
ACOs to spur IT innovations, leaders say
Healthcare Informatics Share
What are the basic ingredients of a health IT framework for accountable care organizations? The answer is not clear, in part because the federal rule defining ACOs is still a work in progress. More
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting, Nov. 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
This year's meeting, "The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans," also boasts a pre-conference event focusing on compliance issues Nov. 6.
Keynote speakers this year: Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala; Political Strategist and Commentator Donna Brazile; Dan Crippen, Executive Director of the National Governors Association; and Robert Greenstein, Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Issues addressed: health reform implementation, quality improvement, cost-containment and improving access to care to meet the diverse needs of today's Medicaid population.
Other meeting highlights: networking opportunities with top-level executives, a sponsor tradeshow, and entertainment by The Capitol Steps.
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MHPA's June Keeping You Healthy Video and Best Practice of the Month: Healthy moms and babies by Select Health of South Carolina
Each month the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) Center for Best Practices "Keeping You Healthy" Video Series will feature a Medicaid health plan best practice that has affected the lives of the people they serve. More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More
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