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Health insurers tune in to Twitter for customer service
Kaiser Health News
On June 18, Houston-based Sharon Roberts, who had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer a year before, put this message out into the Twitterverse: "@teachdance11: the BRCA gene test is two parts. Aetna paid $300 part. Not the $7000 part. Gotta be rich to be in the know." The 55-year-old teacher was surprised when @aetnahelp, the customer service Twitter feed for the insurance company Aetna, quickly responded.
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Arkansas's private option being vetted by the feds
By Kyle Cheney, Politico Pulse
Arkansas's novel alternative to Medicaid expansion is now in the hands of the Obama administration, and the outcome could blaze a path for other states resisting massive growth in the program. The state submitted a waiver request to CMS for a plan that would send thousands of Medicaid-eligible patients onto private plans available through the state's exchange. The plan passed a Republican-dominated Legislature and was signed by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe — and other red states have eyed similar options to capture the billions of dollars available to Medicaid expansion states without actually growing the rolls of the public program
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NH Medicaid panel looks at Arkansas, Iowa models
Valley News
The commission studying the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire recently took a look at the model offered by Arkansas and Iowa, two states that are seeking to expand health coverage for low-income residents through private insurance instead of traditional Medicaid.
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Missouri Medicaid Committee chairman: Discussion has shifted to reform plus expansion
Missourinet
The larger of the two House Committees studying Medicaid expansion and reform has one hearing left. Representative Noel Torpey chairs the committee made of up citizens and legislators studying Medicaid eligibility and reform issues. He says the comments his committee is hearing tell him that the conversation has changed since the legislative session.
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My Place CT — Connecticut's plan for long-term care
Kaiser Health News
None of us wants to face it, but our chances of needing a caregiver when we're older are pretty high — about two of out every three older Americans need help with "routine daily activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, paying bills and preparing meals." And, as the population ages, the need for people to provide those services is sharply increasing, even as the affordability and availability of long-term care insurance is diminishing.
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New Jersey doctors rank last in nation in accepting new Medicaid patients
NJ Spotlight
Doctors cite low reimbursements and high costs, while experts note affluent state's abundance of residents with health insurance. New Jersey has the nation's lowest percentage of doctors who accept Medicaid patients — while the state is anticipating the addition of more than 200,000 new patients to the program's rolls.
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Michigan GOP backs 'free-market' Medicaid
Daily Press & Argus
The Livingston County Republican Party is formally supporting a "free-market" plan intended to reduce Medicaid rolls over expansion of the program to Michigan's working poor. The county GOP this month joined several county GOP chapters statewide in passing resolutions supporting Senate Bills 459-460, which would allow the state to license private healthcare exchanges and in 2015 move existing Medicaid recipients to private health savings accounts funded with program dollars.
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CDC: Childhood obesity rates falling in many states
USA Today
Obesity rates among preschoolers are falling in many states for the first time in decades, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers were found in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2008 to 2011, CDC director Thomas Frieden said at a press telebriefing. "This is the first report to show many states with declining rates of obesity in our youngest children after literally decades of rising rates."
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MHPA 2013 — Updated agenda for 'Health Reform from East to West: Preparing Medicaid Health Plans for 2014' | Oct. 20-22 | National Harbor, Md.
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Register now for MHPA 2013, Medicaid Health Plans of America's annual conference Oct. 20-22 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Register by Aug. 31 to receive the early-bird discount. Details on conference and registration can be found here.
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Recent webinar presentations from Altegra Health, PwC, Deloitte and others available free on MHPA website
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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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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 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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New webinar: 'Financial Impact of Incontinence: Guiding Patients/Families toward Cost Effective Management,' by First Quality | Aug. 28 | 3 p.m. ET
MHPA
Incontinence affects individuals of all ages and disabilities. There are a number of ways to manage incontinence that are patient-centered while containing costs. This webinar, with Christine Pruneau RN, RAC-CT scheduled to be the speaker, will discuss:
  • Types and causes of incontinence — why this matters
  • Choosing the right product and incontinence type — how to decrease costs
  • Solutions to manage incontinence while being cost effective
  • Frequently asked questions on incontinence and educational pieces available

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6 percent need new providers in transition from healthy families to managed Medi-Cal
California Healthline
About three-quarters of the way through the transition of 768,000 California children from the Healthy Families program to Medi-Cal managed care plans, a little more than 6 percent have needed to switch providers and an even smaller number have had to change health plans.

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US bans new home health, ambulance providers in 3 regions
Reuters
The U.S. government said it would temporarily ban new home health providers and ambulance suppliers from enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in three areas of the country, citing the risk of fraud.

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Budget cuts force scale back of healthcare fraud investigations
The Washington Post
Facing major budget and staff cuts, federal officials are scaling back several high-profile health-care fraud and abuse investigations, including an audit of the state insurance exchanges that are set to open later this year as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

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'Opportunities to Improve Medication Adherence': A free webinar by
Eli Lilly and Co. | Sept. 18 | 3 p.m. EST

MHPA
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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Navigant job opportunities in DC, Chicago
Navigant
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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HealthTeacher promotes good health and physical activity in youth; opportunities to partner with Medicaid plans
HealthTeacher Inc.
HealthTeacher Inc. is an innovative company that offers a number of Web-based programs to help schools promote health literacy and physical activity. Currently, more than 7 million K-12 students in 18 states have access to the company's online HealthTeacher health education curriculum. To ensure adoption of its health education programs, games and apps, HealthTeacher Inc. enters into corporate and foundation partnerships that allow school districts to offer its programs without adding extra costs to local school budgets, although a few school districts are also making direct purchases.

HealthTeacher Inc. is hoping to provide statewide access to its K-5 health education curriculum in a select number of states and expand access elsewhere. They also hope to make its interactive, in-class physical activity program, GoNoodle, which includes a partnership with the U.S. Track and Field Foundation, available to all elementary schools where HealthTeacher can be accessed. HealthTeacher is seeking partnerships with Medicaid health plans interested in promoting health education and physical activity among youth as part of their community outreach and engagement strategies.

For more information about partnership opportunities, please contact Roy Ziegler, executive vice president at HealthTeacher Inc. at roy.ziegler@healthteacher.com. For additional information about the company and its programs, please click Read More.

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