Overnight health: Democrats vow to protect Medicaid
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Congressional Democrats displayed the strongest support yet for Medicaid as House and Senate leaders work around the clock to strike a debt-ceiling deal. More
Louisiana health department chooses 5 companies to run new Medicaid managed care networks
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The Department of Health and Hospitals selected five private companies to run $2.2 billion of Louisiana's Medicaid program through managed care networks to be rolled out over the next year. More
Pelosi applauds Reid's debt plan for protecting Medicare, Medicaid
You didn't think this would be over by now, did you? It was a long weekend for both reporters and politicians, and in the end House and Senate leaders failed again to reach an agreement on any debt deal. More
Register now for Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting, 'The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans,' Nov. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
Keynote speakers: Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala; Political Strategist and Commentator Donna Brazile and more.
Issues addressed: health reform implementation, quality improvement, cost-containment and improving access to care.
Other meeting highlights: pre-conference, networking opportunities, sponsor tradeshow and entertainment by The Capitol Steps.
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HMS President and CEO named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
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HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., announced that president and CEO William (Bill) Lucia has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Southwest Area Award in the Health Sciences category. More
Analyzing the impact of default worries on Medicare, Medicaid
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News outlets report on the potential impact that the possibility of debt default is having on Medicare, Medicaid and state budgets. More
Budget ax is poised as debt-ceiling deadline nears
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It's down to the wire for debt-ceiling negotiators as they enter the final week before Aug. 2. That's the drop-dead date for the U.S. to raise the $14.3 trillion limit on how much it can borrow or start defaulting on some of its obligations, according to the administration. More
Ohio's Kasich opts for a health insurance exchange
Ohio's John Kasich has joined a short list of Republican governors who oppose the national health law but have decided to follow through on one of its key components — creation of a health insurance exchange where small businesses can compare policies. More
Arkansas Lt. Governor files brief opposing health care law
Lt. Governor Mark A. Darr in his capacity as an individual fulfilled a promise to the people of Arkansas by filing an amicus brief on behalf of the nearly 70 percent of Arkansans of all political stripes, who oppose the federal health care law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More
CBO predicts high savings, small drawbacks to healthcare reform fix
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Budget scorekeepers said legislation to fix a "glitch" in the health care reform law would cause fewer than one million people to lose access to Medicaid while saving $13 billion over the next 10 years, greatly helping chances of passage. More
Pioneer ACO draft leaked
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The Hill has obtained a copy of a draft proposal for Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations under consideration by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More
In Memoriam: Erling Hansen, consultant for Quadrus and MHPA Individual Member, 1948-2011
On Thursday, July 21, 2011, Erling Hansen, died peacefully and surrounded by family at home in Washington, D.C., after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Erling was born in Drobak, Norway, in 1948, attended Hamilton College and law school at Syracuse University. He was one of the nation's most prominent lawyers of America's growing managed health care industry. An avid boater, he was fond of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and once crewed on a sailboat that crossed the Atlantic ocean. Erling will be missed, both as an ardent supporter of MHPA and as a dear friend. A Mass celebrating his life will be offered Saturday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C., 20008. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Cancer Institute Gift Fund. Please make checks or money orders payable to "National Cancer Institute" and send to: The Director, National Cancer Institute, Bldg. 31, Rm. 11A-16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Centene-Alliance for Health Reform Briefing: Strengthening Medicaid with health information technology: Are providers and states up to the challenge?
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WHEN: Mon., Aug. 1, 12:30 - 2:15 p.m. (Lunch available at 12:15 p.m.) WHERE: Room B338-B340, Rayburn House Office Building RSVP: By 5 p.m. Thurs., July 28. If registration reaches the venue's capacity, registration will close before this time.
The briefing will address HIT's impact on both care delivery and the administrative side of the Medicaid program. Panelists will be: Craig Brammer, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT in the Department of Health and Human Services; Don Imholz, Centene Corporation; David Mix, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services; and Judy Featherstone, HealthPoint Community Health Center in Seattle. Ed Howard of the Alliance will moderate.
To register, please go to www.allhealth.org and click on the Info and Registration link for the briefing in the In the Spotlight section. If you have any problems or questions, please contact our office at 202.789.2300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. More
Job opportunity at MHPA: Administrative assistant
Medicaid Health Plans of America is currently seeking an administrative assistant. This position will provide secretarial and administrative support to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Director of the MHPA Center for Best Practices, and/or other senior managers or Directors as needed. He/she will serve as an MHPA contact regarding incoming calls to the general switchboard. Also the candidate shall perform a variety of complex and routine activities, and may require access to confidential information. For more information, click here.
If you are interested, please forward your resume to Terri Wallace at Twallace@mhpa.org no later than Friday, Aug. 5. Experience preferred. No phone calls. EOE.
Multiple job opportunities, Health Services for Children with Special Needs
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HSCSN is an innovative care management network coordinating health, social, and education services for the pediatric Supplemental Security Income and SSI-eligible populations of Washington, D.C. They are currently looking for candidates for the following positions:
Director of Enterprise Data Management organizes, oversees and is responsible for the maintenance and development of the data and budget repositories and all associated reporting.
Director of Medical Economics is responsible for providing leadership and strategic vision for the Business Intelligence Department in transforming business intelligence into action plans and providing strategic recommendations to improve care coordination plan performance.
Clinical Quality Improvement Analyst develops, maintains, and evaluates the quality improvement and process improvement corporate plan, initiatives, and activities in collaboration with HSCSN management to develop and implement strategies that ensure the delivery of quality health care and services.
For more information or to apply, please click here.
The World Congress presents the 2nd Annual Health Care Reform Congress on Health Insurance Exchanges
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The latest legislation, building the business plan, examining state-by-state implementation
Sept. 19-20 | Washington, D.C.
SAVE $300 on your current registration fee when you mention PROMO CODE: MXB855 and PRIORITY CODE: HL11022-12549! (Not valid for government rate. Cannot be combined with additional discounts or applied to a current registration.) Call 800-767-9499 or visit www.worldcongress.com/exchanges for more information or to register today.
The World Congress Presents the 2nd Annual Health Care Reform Congress on Medical Loss Ratios
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Best Practices for Preparing and Adhering to New Reform Mandates and Regulations
Sept. 19-20 | Washington, D.C.
SAVE $300 on your current registration fee when you mention PROMO CODE: MXB855 and PRIORITY CODE: HL11041-12550! (Not valid for government rate. Cannot be combined with additional discounts or applied to a current registration.) Call 800-767-9499 or visit www.worldcongress.com/MLR for more information or to register today.
Health Insurance Exchange Congress - Nov. 9-11 - Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.
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Attend IIR's inaugural Health Insurance Exchange Congress where health plans, states and the federal government are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges. With an estimated 24 million newly eligibles, states and health plans are scrambling to put together their strategies to comply with the federal law. Over three days in Baltimore, you will learn key strategies from states and plans with existing exchanges and hear firsthand what works and what doesn't. To learn more, visit the website and download the latest conference brochure. MPHA members can receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with Priority Code XP1610MHPAN. Register online today!
MHPA's Keeping You Healthy Videos take a summer break; Return in September
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