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Center for Best Practices appoints Ms. Michelle Martin as first-ever Director
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Former Raben Group exec tapped to helm MHPA's affiliate research organization. More



Advocates, industry fear debt deal could open the way for big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
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Medicare and Medicaid were spared from immediate cuts in the debt deal, but it looks like just a temporary reprieve. Advocates for seniors and lobbyists for the health care industry are worried that round two of the budget battle, could lead to cuts that raise costs for beneficiaries and squeeze providers such as hospitals, doctors, insurers and drug companies. More

5 cuts the debt commission might make to Medicare, Medicaid
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Medicare and Medicaid will be spared from the first round of cuts in the debt-ceiling deal. But the Joint Congressional Committee tasked with finding $1.5 trillion or more in deficit reduction is going to be looking hard at both programs. More

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New Medicaid contracts with Texas HHSC announced
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Two health plan companies announced new contracts with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that will expand their service areas for Medicaid managed care programs. More

California shaves funds for health, social services
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Since mid-2008, billions of dollars have been slashed from programs that assist the poor, disabled and elderly. With the growing number of budget cuts, many of the aid recipients are getting hit on multiple fronts. More



Louisiana rolls out Medicaid care management
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Louisiana's Medicaid agency selected five applicants to manage care for most of the states' Medicaid enrollees in a new program beginning January 2012. More

Kansas Dental Association works to expand Medicaid services
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The Kansas Dental Association has launched an initiative to increase participation in the state Medicaid program in an effort to expand the services provided to Kansas children, the organization announced. More

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Judge set to rule on Arizona's freeze of Medicaid enrollment
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A judge will decide whether an Arizona law freezing Medicaid enrollment for residents without children is constitutional. The measure prevents childless adults from enrolling in an assistance program that was part of a state Medicaid coverage expansion More

Opposing the health law, Florida refuses millions
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When it comes to pursuing federal largess, most of the states that oppose the 2010 health care law have refused to let either principle or politics block their paths to the trough. Washington is doling out dollars, Republican governors and legislators typically figure they might as well get their share. More



Huge Medicaid plan nearly ready
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Florida Medicaid officials worked on a statewide managed-care expansion plan that is due in to the federal government. The controversial plan, aimed at reining in the rising costs of the health insurance program for the poor, requires nearly all Medicaid recipients to be enrolled in HMOs or similar managed-care plans. More

Ohio to vote on Affordable Care Act
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Ohio voters will have the option to join Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia in passing a "Health Care Freedom" law, aimed at nullifying the federal government's Affordable Care Act. More



MHPA's August Best Practice of the Month: 'Biggest Winner' Nutrition Program
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Each month, MHPA features a Best Practice selected from MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium, a collection of programs and services from member health plans that combines innovation, expertise, and caring to improve the health of Medicaid recipients of all ages. MHPA has selected the "biggest winner" Nutrition Program by Health Partners as its August 2011 Best Practice of the Month.

Read a description of "biggest winner," the specific actions taken and the resulting outcomes on MHPA's website at http://bit.ly/qQO8Yt.

For more information on Health Partners, click here.


Job opportunity at MHPA: Administrative assistant
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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
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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.

Click here for more details
Click here for sponsorship opportunities
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.


Opal events' 2nd Annual Medicaid Business in Focus: CFO Forum, Sept. 26-27, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va.
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The next event in our Medicaid Business series continues to explore medical management strategies as an answer the growing problems of Medicaid health plans. More patients with more complex medical conditions are costing more, not only in care but also in enrollment adjudication, risk adjustment and claims processing. This event will offer solutions to this dilemma, providing medical management strategies that are grounded in evidence-based clinical practices, predictive outcomes modeling, member engagement and multi-disciplinary professional collaboration.

This conference is designed for executives from Medicaid health plans, specifically the CFO-level and others with finance and medical management responsibilities. www.opalevents.org/trk/cfoc1111.html


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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