AHIP, NFIB launch new push against tax on health plans
The Hill Share
Health insurers and small businesses are launching a new salvo in their campaign against the health care reform law's tax on insurance policies. America's Health Insurance Plans and the National Federation of Independent Business announced the partnership. More
As hospitals push ERs, states' Medicaid budgets pressured
The Washington Post via Kaiser Health News Share
Complaining of abdominal discomfort and chronic bronchitis, 22-year-old Toshia Johnson, an unemployed mother on Medicaid, went to a hospital emergency room in Bend, Ore., more than two dozen times in the year that ended in June 2010. More
Advocates say supercommittee threatens Medicaid
The Hill Share
Consumer advocates say Medicare and Medicaid are still at risk in deficit-reduction talks, despite a Republican supercommittee member saying he won't cut entitlement programs. More
HHS seeks further gains in childrens' coverage
The Hill Share
Major gains have been made in the push to get children enrolled in public health care programs, according to a new report, just as the federal government rolled out $40 million in grants to further boost enrollment. More
Perrycare 101: Rick Perry's Medicaid record
The Washington Post with Bloomberg Share
As a joint state-federal program, Medicaid has long been riddled with tension over who gets to make what decisions. Both parties foot a significant part of the bill, so it's no surprise that each wants a big say in how that money gets spent. More
Report: Medicare pays more for drugs than Medicaid
The Hill Share
Medicare pays much more for prescription drugs than Medicaid, according to a report from the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department. More
Florida CMS discuss Medicaid managed care options
Kaiser Health News Share
A Florida proposal to shift nearly all of its 3 million Medicaid patients into managed care is emerging as a national test case for how lenient CMS will be as cash-strapped states look for savings in their most expensive health program. More
Arkansas governor zeroes in on 9 areas for Medicaid reform
Houston Chronicle Share
Arkansas officials have identified nine areas that they want to focus on as they look at changing the way Medicaid pays for services, including neonatal care and developmental disabilities, Gov. Mike Beebe told federal health officials in a letter. More
Only 1 In 5 Medicaid-covered kids in Ohio finish antidepressant treatment
Medical News Today Share
About half of Medicaid-covered children and adolescents in Ohio who are in treatment for depression complete their first three months of prescribed antidepressants, and only one-fifth complete the recommended minimum six-month course of drugs to treat depression, new research suggests. More
California agencies win HHS grants to boost CHIP, Medicaid rolls
California Healthline Share
HHS announced $40 million in grants to increase enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, Health Data Management reports. More
Mississippi health insurance exchange to launch early next year
Hattiesburg American Share
A one-stop shop for health insurance customers in Mississippi could be up and running early next year, as other states refuse to carry out programs tied to the federal health care overhaul. More
South Carolina Medicaid manager leaving will affect 8,100 in Upstate
Spartanburg Herald-Journal Share
About 8,100 people in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union, S.C., counties will have to choose another Medicaid health plan or will be automatically assigned one, according to a written statement issued by the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services. More
UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop launch bilingual childhood asthma awareness and lead-poisoning prevention initiatives
Seeking Alpha Share
UnitedHealthcare and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, are launching two child health initiatives: A is for Asthma, an awareness program, and Lead Away!, a lead-poisoning prevention program. More
Idaho needs decision on insurance exchange
Idaho Press-Tribune Share
Gov. Butch Otter and high-ranking state officials warned Idaho lawmakers that to let the federal government run the state's mandated health insurance exchange would hurt the state and its residents. 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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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
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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.
Opal Events Share
The next event in our Medicaid Business series continues to explore medical management strategies as an answer to the growing problems that Medicaid health plans face. 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
Free Webinar: Thomson Reuters presents 'Medicaid Expansion: who will your future members be?' Oct. 11, 2 p.m. EST
An estimated 16 million people will soon gain coverage through the expansion of Medicaid. For health plans that will serve this population, this dramatic growth requires adjustments to business strategies for membership growth, as well as network and care management strategies to serve the unique needs of this population. Health Plans that drive these strategies from a deeper understanding of consumers will be enabled to compete more successfully in this rapidly changing market. Tony Glebe, Vice President of Analytic Consulting and Research Services and Gary Pickens, Chief Research Officer at the Center for Healthcare Analytics at Thomson Reuters, will share their research and insights into the varying size of Medicaid expansion across the country, and the health behavior and attitudinal profiles of the individuals gaining coverage through expanded Medicaid. To log in, go to www.pcconf.com and click join. Call-in number: 1.800.839.9416; Participant ID for video and audio portions: # 3183287. Questions? Please contact Thanh Buscarini at 202.857.5728.
Free Webinar: 'Minimally invasive procedures: What's the value for health plans?'
'Minimally Invasive Procedures: What's the Value for Health Plans?'
Oct. 12, 2011 3-4:30 p.m. EST There are over 4.4 million general surgical procedures annually. Once patients have exhausted other treatment alternatives and surgery becomes a necessary procedure, providing a minimally invasive approach, also referred to as laparoscopic surgery, improves clinical outcomes, decreases the hospital stay and brings a faster return to normal activity, and costs the payor and the patient less money, when compared to standard open or abdominal surgery. Developing a product to encourage appropriate use of minimally invasive procedures can provide significant clinical and economic savings to patients and payors. Dr. Lou Hochheiser, Chief Medical Leader, Humana, Inc., will explore what health plans can do to drive the use of Minimally Invasive Procedures.
To register, click here.
Questions? Please contact Thanh Buscarini at 202.857.5728.
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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