Highlights from the GOP debate
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Republican presidential candidates took the stage to debate the economy, jobs and individual mandates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. More
Health law subject to attack during GOP presidential debate
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As candidates threw accusations at Democratic policies and each other, they didn't always get the specifics right. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney especially clashed on health policy issues. More
News bites: GOP candidates' health statements under scrutiny
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PolitiFact wasn't much impressed by the accuracy of the Republican candidates' health policy statements during the recent debate. More
Perry: Blame federal government for lack of health coverage in Texas
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that the federal government is to blame for the fact that his state has more uninsured people than any other. More
Romney plan calls for Medicaid block grants, repeal of Obama health law
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Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney said he would issue an executive order to slow implementation of the health care law on his first day in office if he were elected president. More
HMS Holdings Corp. announces executive appointments
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HMS Holdings Corp. a leading provider of cost containment services for government health care programs announced the following appointments within the Office of the Chief Executive. More
Qualis Health announces contract with the Alabama Medicaid agency
Qualis Health has signed a three-year contract to provide medical and quality review services to the Alabama Medicaid Agency. More
Hatch: Finance GOP to send proposals to super committee
Senate Finance Ranking Republican Orrin Hatch, Utah, said after consulting with his colleagues that committee GOP members will send a series of deficit reduction recommendations to the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. More
US deficit-cutting panel on short but tough road
A U.S. congressional "super committee" convenes on to launch its search for at least $1.2 trillion in new deficit reductions as global financial markets look for signs that the world's largest economy is trying to get its fiscal house in order. More
Health care lobbyists want debt committee to fail
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The powerful health care industry hopes a congressional "super committee" tasked with slashing America's debt will fail and is lobbying instead for automatic spending cuts that will kick in if the panel deadlocks. More
Health care law cases rejected by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
A federal appeals court threw out two challenges to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul on procedural grounds. More
States work to get exchanges going prior to health reform law's 2014 deadline
Some states in the process of developing insurance exchanges are planning on launching them prior to Jan. 1, the operational deadline set by the health reform law, sources tell Inside Health Policy. More
The Georgia Department of Community Health seeks input about Medicaid and CHIP redesign initiative
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The Georgia Department of Community Health is seeking stakeholder input for its Medicaid and CHIP Redesign initiative. The Department is the state agency responsible for Medicaid Program and Children's Health Insurance Program, providing access to medical services and health care coverage for nearly 1.7 million residents. More
Illinois limits psychiatric drugs for Medicaid patients
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In a money-saving move that reflects the dire condition of the state budget, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services no longer automatically provides 17 brand-name psychiatric drugs to people on Medicaid, the state's insurance program for the poor. More
California online app helps families apply for children's coverage
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The Web-based application Health-e-App now is available to help families apply for health insurance coverage for their children. More
Centene corporation selects Aternity as strategic application performance management solution
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Aternity Inc., the industry's technology leader in end user experience management solutions for Global 1000 enterprises, announced that Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and leading multi-line health care enterprise that provides programs and related services to the rising number of under-insured and uninsured individuals, has selected the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform for its strategic end user experience management initiatives. 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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NASHO 9th Annual Leadership Summit, Oct. 3-4, 2011, Las Vegas, NV
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Medicaid Health Plan Leaders are invited to join members of the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations in the 9th Annual Leadership Summit at the Las Vegas Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Oct. 2-4. Executive Leadership from dental, vision, radiology, hearing, physical therapy, mental health and other specialties will be there — an outstanding opportunity to learn about pressing issues for the specialty industry and to network with partners!
MHPA members can take advantage of $100 savings on the Summit registration fee and enjoy a discount on hotel accommodations. Go on-line to register for the Summit, and take advantage of a special room rate by calling 888.881.9578 (reference NASHO 9th Annual Leadership Summit rate)
NO LATER THAN Sept. 9.
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 conference explores medical management strategies as an answer to the growing problems that Medicaid health plans face. This event will offer medical management strategies that are grounded in evidence-based clinical practices, predictive outcomes modeling, member engagement, and multi-disciplinary professional collaboration. For more information see the conference agenda or visit the conference webpage.
Standard registration: $1895; Government Employees: $995. To register, please click here.
If you would like more information about this event, please call 212.532.9898 x 0 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More
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: Ethicon Endo-Surgery presents 'Minimally invasive procedures: What's the value for health plans?' Oct. 12, 3-4:30 p.m. EST
'Minimally Invasive Procedures: What's the Value for Health Plans?'
Oct. 12, 2011 3-4:30 p.m. EST There are more than 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.
Job opportunity: Senior Sales Executive position at Human Arc
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The Senior Sales Executive will be responsible for overseeing the sales process: selling services to new and existing clients in the health plan market, identifying and developing strategic partnerships to support sales strategies and determining appropriate action for new revenue opportunities.
Qualifications: at least 5 years of experience prospecting for, identifying, and closing sales in the health care market. Candidates with experience selling intangible services within the health care arena and pre-existing network of contacts in the industry preferred. Telework options available.
About Human Arc
We help hospitals and health plans improve their revenue and deliver community benefit. On their behalf, we help their patients and plan members with low or no income, and those who are aged or disabled, to enroll in government-funded assistance programs and realize quality-of-life improvements.
Please send resume with salary requirements by Oct. 15 to Careers@HumanArc.com. For more info, go to http://www.humanarc.com/Careers/default.html
MHPA's new September Keeping You Healthy Video: Appropriate Testing for Children with Pharyngitis by DC Chartered Health Plan
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