Debt-ceiling pressure increases as deadline approaches
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News outlets report that states are getting more nervous and are taking steps to prepare for the loss in federal dollars. Meanwhile, in the background, political maneuvering surrounding Medicare and Medicaid continues. More
8-year-old heart patient, lobbies Capitol Hill for Medicaid
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While Congress tussled over how best to raise the debt ceiling, a Nintendo DS-toting 8-year-old canvassed Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to support funding for Medicaid and children's hospitals. More
MedPAC believes that capitated, risk-based coverage improves coordination of care for duals
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Just 5 percent of Americans are responsible for almost 50 percent of all health care spending, according to the latest data from the National Institute for health care Management. More
WellCare awarded Commendable Accreditation status by NCQA for Harmony Health Plan of Missouri
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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced that the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, has awarded WellCare's Harmony Health Plan of Missouri an accreditation status of Commendable. More
AmeriHealth recommended for Louisiana Medicaid managed care
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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has recommended that AmeriHealth Mercy of Louisiana Inc., a division of the Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., administer a Medicaid managed-care program for the state's Medicaid recipients. More
Centene Corporation selected for Louisiana Medicaid contract
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Centene Corporation announced that Louisiana Healthcare Connections, a subsidiary of Centene, has been selected to contract with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Louisiana. More
Families shifting from private to public health insurance for children
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Families are increasingly relying on public health insurance plans to provide coverage for their children, a growing trend that researchers say is tied to job losses, coverage changes to private health insurance plans, and expanded access to public plans, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. More
US will pay for half of all health care costs by 2020
The U.S. government will foot the bill for half of all health care costs in the United States by 2020, according to a government report released. More
Florida's MCO Medicaid path may be taken by other states
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With Medicaid rosters swelling and the tap for special federal subsidy payments now shut tight, Florida has taken the lead among states looking to managed care companies to shoulder the immense task of reining in the multibillion-dollar program. More
Proposed Medicaid cuts in debt debate concern ethnic health activists
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Ethnic communities, especially women in them, may have a particular stake in negotiations over the National Debt now dominating the headlines from the nation's capital. More
Some states plow ahead on health insurance exchanges
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Maryland is an example of a state that has plowed forward to establish a health insurance exchange with a governing board put in place in June and preparations to hire organizations to examine operations models and other issues to recommend to lawmakers in December. More
Overnight health: States feel time-crunch on exchanges
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States whose legislatures haven't passed bills to establish an insurance exchange say they're feeling the time-crunch as they try to plan for an exchange. More
Next round of exchanges rules may tackle enrollment
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The Health and Human Services Department plans to give states more guidance soon on the technical processes for enrolling people in newly created insurance exchanges. 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.
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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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
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.
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
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! More
MHPA's Keeping You Healthy Videos take a summer break; Return in September
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