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Obamacare supporter backs bill to repeal insurance tax
The Hill
West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall on July 17 became the first lawmaker who voted in favor of Obamacare to back a bill repealing the law's new insurance tax. Rahall signed on to the bipartisan repeal bill July 16, becoming its 226th cosponsor, according to public records.
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MHPA 2013 registration now open
MHPA
Register now for MHPA 2013, Medicaid Health Plans of America's annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., from Oct 20-22. Register by Aug. 31 to receive the early bird discount. Details on conference and registration can be found here.
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Going on the offensive, Obama to tout Affordable Care Act
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama will tout a key financial benefit of the Affordable Care Act in a White House speech, highlighting a provision that requires health insurers to devote at least 80 percent of their spending on medical care and health care quality improvement or give rebates to consumers.
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Reform update: States scramble to submit application for Medicaid expansion following late CMS rule
ModernHealthcare.com
A CMS rule issued in early July has set off a scramble among state officials to finalize and submit an application needed to implement their Medicaid expansions allowed by the healthcare reform law. The delay in the rule may push states hard up against the Oct. 1 start of the Medicaid enrollment process for 2014. (Free registration required)
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Georgia plans 'managed care' for more children
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Health officials hope to save the state of Georgia's ailing Medicaid program millions of dollars and improve the health of some of the state's most vulnerable children by hiring a for-profit company to oversee their care. (Subscription required)
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Medicaid pay raise for doctors? Not in Georgia, not yet
Georgia Health News
The long-delayed Medicaid pay raise for primary care physicians is expected to begin this summer for almost all states, Kaiser Health News reported, quoting a federal agency spokeswoman. Georgia, however, won't be among them. The projected date for physicians in Georgia to get the pay bump is November, according to the state Medicaid agency.
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Michigan Medicaid expansion debate delayed in Senate; vote still weeks away
Detroit Free Press
The Michigan Medicaid expansion debate in the Senate will have to wait for at least a couple of weeks. The Senate work group is meeting privately twice a week to look at and tweak the expansion bill passed by the House of Representatives in June.
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New Hampshire Medicaid study panel digs in
Concord Patch
The commission studying whether New Hampshire will become one of the next states to expand Medicaid heard July 16 that an estimated 170,000 residents currently receive care under the program on an annual basis.
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West Virginia governor has more questions on Medicaid, exchanges
State of West Virginia
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sent HHS more questions on the Affordable Care Act. In his letter, Tomblin wrote, "It remains a critical concern that the currently incomplete rules and guidance will not support a successful implementation of the federal mandated PPACA."
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Rhode Island's version of Obamacare gets new name and logo, opens call center
Providence Journal
After months of working quietly behind the scenes, Rhode Island's health benefits exchange made its public debut on July 15, announcing its new name, logo and the opening of a call center.
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Large insurers opt out of health exchange in Missouri
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
When the new health exchange opens for business in Missouri on Oct. 1, at least three major health insurers will not be participating. UnitedHealthcare, the nation's largest insurer, said that it won't offer insurance policies this fall in the federally run health exchange in Missouri, but may enter the exchange later.
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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
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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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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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Is this the end of health insurers?
The Washington Post
In 2012, MedStar Health, like many large employers, struggled to keep up with rapidly rising healthcare costs. Most employers would have had no choice but to raise premiums, but MedStar Health saw another option.

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Joe Moser's 'Medicaid Matters' interview
New Hampshire Public Radio
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.

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Researchers look at why poor patients prefer hospital care
Kaiser Health News
A Health Affairs study says the barriers for poor people looking to get care are even higher, and it's leading them away from preventive doctor visits and toward emergency rooms and costly, hospital-based care.

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Navigant job opportunities in DC, Chicago
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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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    Is this the end of health insurers? (The Washington Post)
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MHPA's Moser live on 'Medicaid Matters' July 9 at 1 p.m. ET (MHPA)
Study: Some on Medicaid lose out under Obamacare (Politico)

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