'Trigger' in debt deal might be lesser evil for health sector
The Hill Share
The political divisions over cuts to health care programs could be even sharper during the next round of deficit-reduction talks. The debt negotiations centered on a single legislative package. More
Deal could endanger health care law
The debt ceiling agreement could jeopardize millions of dollars, and perhaps billions, in initiatives from President Barack Obama's health care reform law if the super committee can't come up with required spending cuts. More
Centene's Texas subsidiaries awarded renewed and expanded contracts
PR Newswire via Austin American-Statesman Share
Centene Corporation announced its Superior HealthPlan, Inc. and its Superior HealthPlan Network (collectively, "Superior") have been tentatively awarded new contracts by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. More
Medicare, Medicaid tab keeps growing; debt deal doesn't address costs as population ages
USA Today Share
The costs of the government's big health care programs are soaring again, expenses not tackled in the agreement President Barack Obama signed into law to raise the nation's debt limit and cut federal spending. More
ASCO examines impact of health care reform on cancer care disparities; makes recommendations for closing gaps
Newswise via News Blaze Share
To help address serious racial and economic disparities in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the United States, the American Society of Clinical Oncology released a policy statement that outlines specific provisions of 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that have the potential to reduce these disparities. More
Idaho Medicaid clients feel vulnerable in wake of debt-ceiling deal
Boise Weekly Share
In the midst of high-pitched squabbles over the nation's debt, with plans to cut billions from federal budgets, the Idaho Community Action Network has a primary goal: to protect Medicaid. More
Groups urge regulators to reject Utah Medicaid waiver request
The Hill Share
Medicaid advocates are urging federal regulators to reject Utah's request to pare down coverage for children and charge co-pays in the state-federal program for low-income Americans. More
Plan to expand Florida Medicaid privatization released
Orlando Business Journal Share
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has released dozens of documents detailing plans to expand the privatization of Medicaid. More
Florida submits Medicaid plan based on managed care to feds for approval
The Palm Beach Post Share
Florida officials sent a wide-ranging application to the federal government for steering almost 3 million Medicaid patients into managed care, a major shift that has sparked heavy lobbying from critics who demand the Obama administration deny the move. More
Federal government says no to Quinn on tightening Illinois Medicaid proof
Chicago Tribune via WJW-TV Share
Illinois wanted to tighten up the way it reviews whether people are eligible for Medicaid coverage, but the Obama administration has refused to go along, an action a state Republican leader called "absolutely ridiculous." More
Lautenberg to ask Obama to stop New Jersey Medicaid cuts
The Associated Press via The Star-Ledger Share
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to fight New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes to a health care program for low-income residents. Lautenberg says Christie must not be allowed to reverse the progress the state has made in ensuring access to health care for those in need. More
Lack of details on New Mexico Medicaid overhaul rankles health program's recipients
The Santa Fe New Mexican Share
Penelope McMullen lived without health insurance until she was 63, when she was diagnosis with autism. Now, seven years later, the prospect of life without health insurance scares her, she told an auditorium full of people in Santa Fe, N.M. More
Medi-Cal cuts bring coalition to Capitol Hill
Chain Drug Review Share
The Alliance for Patient Care, a coalition of health care providers, including pharmacists, has gone to the nation's capital to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Congress to reject proposed reductions to Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program. More
Massachusetts Medicaid system designed by HP earns Federal Certification
HP Enterprise Services announced that Massachusetts' Medicaid Management Information System , designed and built by HP for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, has received full federal certification. 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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Opal events' 2nd Annual Medicaid Business in Focus: CFO Forum, Sept. 26-27, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va.
Opal Events Share
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
The World Congress presents the 2nd Annual Health Care Reform Congress on Health Insurance Exchanges
World Congress Share
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
World Congress Share
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. More
Health Insurance Exchange Congress - Nov. 9-11 - Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.
Health Insurance Exchange Share
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
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
The HSC Foundation Share
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.
MHPA's August Best Practice of the Month: 'Biggest Winner' Nutrition Program
Health Partners Share
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.
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