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Obama, Romney debate sheds little light on healthcare issues
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President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree that the $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare system is broken, but neither candidate presented voters with a clear idea of how to fix it Wednesday night. Their comments about Medicare, Medicaid and healthcare in general dominated more than one-quarter of a presidential debate and gave both candidates a chance to articulate their policies for an estimated 50 million viewers. Healthcare is a top issue in the Nov. 6 election. More

Medicaid stars in new Obama campaign ad
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Medicaid, not Medicare, is the subject a new television campaign advertisement for President Barack Obama. The 30-second ad is being broadcast in five election battleground states: Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Ohio. It accuses GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of supporting the plan passed by the GOP-led House of Representatives that cuts $800 billion from Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled, over the next 10 years. The voiceover warns, "middle-class families rely on Medicaid to help loved ones cover nursing-home care. And it helps parents support children with disabilities." More

Daschle backs Medicaid per person caps as alternative to block grants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who was President Barack Obama's first choice for running Health and Human Services, said that Congress should fund states Medicaid programs on a capped per person basis, which is a compromise to Medicaid block grants that some key Republicans have said they would entertain. Daschle told Inside Health Policy that he is "vehemently opposed" to block grants and he does not consider the per capita cap approach as a variation of block grants because it would let states add residents to the Medicaid roles during lousy economies. More

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New report demonstrates Passport Health Plan's contributions to Kentucky's Medicaid program
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A new report demonstrates that Passport Health Plan has been successful in controlling Medicaid costs and improving quality for Medicaid members in Kentucky. The report, "Assessment of Passport Health Plan's Value to Kentucky's Medicaid Program" evaluates Passport's performance in terms of cost effectiveness, quality of services and access to care. More

Industry seeks to keep Part D intact as White House pushes rebates as deficit-cutter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A group representing a broad spectrum of healthcare industry stakeholders has urged policymakers to reject a White House deficit-cutting proposal to extend Medicaid drug rebates to Medicare Part D, arguing that the Part D drug benefit program is a huge success and should not be tinkered with. The move came hours before President Barack Obama was slated to debate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney over their respective healthcare policies, with Romney recently touting Part D's success as a reason to proceed with his Medicare premium support plan and Obama telling AARP last month that seniors could save billions of dollars if rebates were extended to Part D. More

HHS secretary touts ACA's benefits for older Hispanics
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Just hours before the first presidential debate, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivered a message about the dire need to protect Medicare and Medicaid funding to a critical electoral constituency. Sebelius was the keynote speaker at the National Hispanic Council on Aging's National Summit in Washington, an annual meeting of Hispanic healthcare, housing, aging and nutrition experts. During her address, she told the audience that the Republican budget would turn Medicaid into a block grant program and cut its funding by $750 billion over the next 10 years. More

Texas counties back off Medicaid expansion talk
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Texas counties made waves this summer after reports surfaced that they were interested in moving forward on their own with a Medicaid expansion at the local level — without Gov. Rick Perry's signoff. But now, they're backing off. The change in tone shows the political reality of Medicaid expansion in red states: Even if county officials want to act on their own, it's going to be difficult to do an end run around state Republican leaders. More

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Maine seeks to cut Medicaid eligibility
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to cut off eligibility for parents at the 133 percent poverty line. LePage, a Republican, also wants to limit eligibility for seniors, the disabled and young people. In all, the governor's cuts would trim the rolls of MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, by more than 23,000 people and reduce benefits for nearly 3,800 others. More

South Carolina has $6 billion a year at stake in Medicaid reform
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The next president's biggest impact on South Carolina could be found in the future of Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for children, the poor and the disabled. In South Carolina, the program is immense — both in dollars and impact. Taxpayers spend $6 billion a year for South Carolina's Medicaid program — roughly $11,000 every minute. The program covers 1.1 million people, nearly a quarter of the state's population. About 58 percent of those covered are children. In conservative South Carolina, reducing that deficit is the top priority for many voters. But that can't be done without changing Medicaid. More

Utah Medicaid program aims to help kids receive autism treatment
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Up to 250 Utah children will be eligible to receive treatment for their clinically diagnosed autism spectrum disorders through a new Utah Department of Health Medicaid program. Services will be available to a limited number of children through a home and community-based waiver that was approved last month by the federal government. Applications for the program are available at More

Connecticut hires Deloitte to build its exchange
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The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange is moving ahead with efforts to set up a Web-based health insurance supermarket. The exchange, the entity in charge of the supermarket, has picked Deloitte Consulting to be the exchange "system integrator." Deloitte is supposed to "develop and implement the Exchange's extensive operating technology and Internet website," officials said. The state will use some of the cash from a $102 million federal exchange grant to pay for the contract, officials said. More

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Verizon takes healthcare to the cloud
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To Peter Tippett, the primary goal of mobile healthcare is to get information safely and securely from one location to another. That, he says, can't happen without cloud-based services. "It's mostly about not keeping that data on your mobile computer or phone," says Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon's health IT practice. "These are really hard for people to do on their own. We're here to remove that pain from the ecosystem." More

TriZetto's 2012 Executive Vision Summit to explore opportunities, challenges in US healthcare
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The TriZetto Group Inc. announced that its upcoming 2012 Executive Vision Summit will explore growing collaboration between healthcare payers and providers amid intensifying demand for improvement to the cost and quality of care delivery. Scheduled for Nov. 12-14 in Key Biscayne, Miami, the exclusive industry event brings together health plan, medical practice and hospital executives to examine expected growth in the individual, Medicare and Medicaid markets, as well as the heightened importance of analytics in population health management and emerging consumerism. More

Countdown to MHPA's 2012 Annual Meeting; 'Diabetes Disparities' workshop for all attendees
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If you haven't signed up yet for the MHPA 2012 Annual Meeting, "A Pivotal Time for Medicaid Health Plans," slated for Oct. 24-26, now is the time to register online from your PC or PDA with only 20 days to go. We've also added a diabetes disparities workshop Oct 24, free for all conference attendees. "Diabetes Disparities: Innovations in Identifying and Addressing Them in Medicaid Managed Care Plans" will feature Dr. Kasia Lipska from Yale University School of Medicine; Dr. Gary Puckrein of the National Minority Quality Forum; Mary Barton from NCQA; and Dr. Andrea Gelzer, CMO of The Amerihealth Mercy Family of Companies. See the agenda here. More

Watch now: Leverage Market Analytics, expert video from Truven Health (formerly Thomson Reuters Healthcare)
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Bob Kelley, senior vice president of Truven Health, talks about how health plans can leverage data to better position themselves for reform changes. Leverage Market Analytics is the second in a free video series by Truven Health. Coming up next week: How reform is causing health plans to change their business models.

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Free webinar by Medagate: 'Member Engagement: Communications & Wellness Programs' | 3 p.m. EDT Oct. 10
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Approximately 25 percent of Medicaid members represent 70 to 80 percent of Medicaid spending. Unfortunately, many Medicaid members are transient by nature, which can make communicating and maintaining wellness programs a challenge. Join Fred Haumesser from ReadyWireless and Donny Tye from Medagate to learn about communication and wellness strategies that take advantage of Lifeline Medicaid programs to engage members. More

Insights webinar: 'Prepayment Reviews & Minimizing Medicaid Exposure' | 11 a.m. EDT Oct. 15
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Insights webinar: 'The Ins and Outs of Encounter Reporting' | 11 a.m. EDT Oct. 29
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Free webinar by MHPA partner LexisNexis: 'Why Identity Management Matters to Medicaid' | 1 p.m. EST Nov. 8
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As a Medicaid Plan you should not just be addressing the "what" of identity management — the technical side — but, more important, the question of "who?" How do we know who the person on the other end is who they say they are and what risks they may pose for the environments and systems they are attempting to enter? More

Take action for World Diabetes Day: Attend MHPA's free webinar by Novo Nordisk on diabetes trends to 2025 and resources for policymakers, patients | noon EST Nov. 14
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In an effort to help confront the epidemic of diabetes, Novo Nordisk commissioned and funded "United States' Diabetes Crisis: Today and Future Trends," the first study to provide detailed diabetes prevalence and cost forecasts individually for all 50 states out to the year 2025. The study not only provides insight into how the growing diabetes epidemic geographically will spread in the U.S., but also highlights how this demographic shift might affect local economies. This webinar will provide an overview of the study from lead researcher Dr. Bill Rowley and will introduce the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Barometer, an interactive tool and comprehensive resource that highlights important research about the current state of diabetes in the United States. Participants also will learn how to use the interactive map portion of the website to benchmark and compare diabetes prevalence and cost forecasts to 2025 for all 50 states. More

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