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Report: North Carolina should fare better than Kentucky on Medicaid reform
Carolina Journal Online
Medicaid reform is likely to end up with much better results in North Carolina than in Kentucky. A new joint policy report from the John Locke Foundation and the Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability explains why.
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Joe Moser's 'Medicaid Matters' interview
MHPA
On July 9, MHPA's interim executive director Joe Moser discussed the state of Medicaid managed care on Richard Yadon's "Medicaid Matters" talk show. Watch the replay here.
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Study: Potential for health plans to implement interventions to improve colon cancer screening rates
Medical News Today
A previously proven telephone outreach intervention delivered by research-based staff to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening was successfully translated to the health plan arena with staff of a Medicaid managed care organization increasing CRC screening rates by one-third to nearly double among publicly insured urban women in this study.
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UnitedHealthcare makes $50 billion wager on accountable care as Obamacare looms
Forbes
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurance company, says it will more than double — to $50 billion annually — the value of contracts it has with doctors and hospitals based on quality and cost efficiency measures within five years.
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Obamacare setbacks hand weapon to opponents of law
The Hill
Republicans are launching a new offensive against President Barack Obama' healthcare law, hoping flaws in the implementation will help undermine public confidence in the Democrats who passed it.
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White House ramps up effort to sell Obamacare
The Washington Post
The White House is dramatically expanding its efforts to sell the Affordable Care Act, hiring additional staffers, formulating a public-relations strategy and reaching out to key lawmakers as the new health-insurance system prepares to launch in coming months.
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Obamacare at the crossroads
Politico
VideoBriefPolitico Pro Health Care Editor Joanne Kenen leads a discussion with reporters Jennifer Haberkorn, Kyle Cheney and Jason Millman about the delayed Obamacare employer coverage rules, health law politics and the next steps for the Affordable Care Act.
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At St. Louis bill signing, Nixon 'hopeful' about Medicaid committees
St. Louis Beacon
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters he was "hopeful" that House and Senate committees studying changes to the state's Medicaid program would result in legislative action next year.
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Hearing on Medicaid draws little interest in Kansas City area
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A House megacommittee examining Medicaid reform was prepared for a long parade of witnesses. A large meeting room was reserved at a community college here. Nine hours were set aside.
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Ohio governor to keep pushing for Medicaid expansion
Dayton Daily News via Pharmacy Choice
Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Ohio, including Gov. John Kasich, say they will continue to push for expansion despite the Obama administration's recent decision to delay a key portion of the federal health care law until next year.
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Pushing for Medicaid expansion in Michigan, governor goes to the UP
Michigan Radio
Ever since he cut his trade mission to Israel short last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been pushing the state Senate to pass a bill that would allow the state to offer Medicaid to almost a half a million Michigan citizens.
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North Dakota committee gets updates on Medicaid expansion
The Bismarck Tribune
The North Dakota Department of Human Services will put out a request for proposals from private insurers to expand Medicaid services, the department director says. DHS director Maggie Anderson updated the legislature's interim healthcare reform review committee about the progress of Medicaid expansion under the federal healthcare law.
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Boehringer Ingelheim, Ashoka Changemakers announce winners of Transforming Health Systems competition
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The three winning business models announced in the "Transforming Health Systems: Gamechanging Business Models" online competition provide innovative solutions to critical problems in health systems around the world. The competition, which is part of the global partnership between Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka, called "Making More Health," received 264 entries from 61 countries since it was launched by Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka Changemakers in January.
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Sandata Technologies, Centene Corporation execute national agreement
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Centene Corporation, a national leader in the healthcare services field and Sandata Technologies, LLC, an industry leader in technology solutions for long term support services, announced the execution of a national agreement for Sandata to provide technology solutions for Centene's Home and Community Based programs.
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'Medicaid/Commercial Exchange Churn: Creating Market Advantage:' A free webinar by Altegra Health | Aug. 7 | 3 p.m. EST
MHPA
Health plans that serve both Medicaid and the Commercial Exchange will face operational and financial challenges as enrollee income levels shift. State-specific Medicaid expansion and benefit changes can further exacerbate these challenges. If well managed, enrollee turnover can become a market advantage. This webinar will discuss proactive strategies to address operational, service and financial challenges related to the anticipated turnover between Medicaid and the Exchange enrollees.
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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
Eli Lilly and Co. | Sept. 18 | 3 p.m. EST

MHPA
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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Those left out of Medicaid expansion won't have to buy insurance
Kaiser Health News
Low-income Americans who live in states that have decided not to expand Medicaid eligibility will not face penalties if they fail to buy insurance next year.

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PA House strips Medicaid expansion from bill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives stripped from a budget-related bill a proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility, returning the legislation to a Senate that had easily approved the healthcare provision.

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With Dartmouth on board, NH managed Medicaid transition closer
New Hampshire Public Radio
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is agreeing to join the Medicaid managed care program. The state of New Hampshire's largest healthcare system had been a key hold out in the new effort.

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Providence Health & Services job opportunity
Providence Health & Services
Providence, the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, is calling a full-time health plan Medicaid program director in Portland, Ore. In this position, you will:
  • Lead the development, implementation and ongoing operation of Medicaid products and services, with full responsibility for revenue and expense for the Medicaid product line.
  • Direct and coordinate all activities associated with the Medicaid program to assure that corporate performance objectives are met in a timely, effective and efficient manner.
  • Establish and lead a comprehensive Medicaid program for Providence Health Plans in conjunction with Providence Integrated Delivery System.
Please view more details about this job here, position number 33824. You can reach the recruiter Judy Stenson-Musa directly at 503-893-7479.

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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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    With Dartmouth on board, NH managed Medicaid transition a step closer (New Hampshire Public Radio)
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Mississippi Democrats: We were 'bamboozled' on Medicaid (Kaiser Health News)
Transitioning beneficiaries with complex care needs to Medicaid managed care (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Commission discusses shifting more long-term care to private insurance (Inside Washington Publishers)

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