Olympia Snowe breaks from GOP on healthcare
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, the most moderate Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, parted ways with her GOP colleagues over their calls for tighter Medicare eligibility and Medicaid block grants, according to aides. More
HHS launches innovation program as part of reform law
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The Health and Human Services Department launched a new component of its effort to make healthcare better and more efficient. More
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Gateway Health Plan opens shop in Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Business Times Share
Medicaid managed care provider Gateway Health Plan has entered the Philadelphia market with its Medicare Assured product, an HMO for people who are eligible for both medical assistance and Medicare. More
Aetna Inc.: Missouri Care earns accreditation from National Committee for Quality Assurance
Missouri Care, an Aetna health plan that administers benefits for Missouri HealthNet Managed Care members, has received a "commendable" accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the nation's leading provider of independent quality assessments. More
Centene awarded Silver for Best Practices in Healthcare Consumer Empowerment and Protection from URAC
PR Newswire via Las Vegas Business Press Share
Centene Corporation was awarded silver honors for healthcare consumer empowerment and protection by URAC, a leading healthcare accreditation organization, at the 2011 URAC Quality Summit and Awards Program. More
Senate Finance GOP seeks eligibility age hike, income relating, uniform A/B deductible, Medicaid block grant
Senate Finance Committee Republicans proposed a broad blueprint of health policy reforms to the supercommittee, asking the deficit-cutting panel to address the Medicare eligibility age, reform medical malpractice laws, establish a uniform deductible for Parts A and B, institute Part D income-relating, stem overuse of supplemental services, consider cost-sharing changes, repeal the Affordable Care Act and largely turn over Medicaid to states. More
Democratic governors ask committee not to pass Medicaid costs to states
National Journal Share
Two Democratic governors met privately with Democratic members of the deficit-reduction supercommittee, urging against any effort to shift Medicaid-related costs and other expenses to the states. More
Many health programs face sharp automatic cuts if supercommittee deadlocks
Kaiser Health News with The Washington Post Share
Federal funding for medical research, disease prevention and a host of public health initiatives could be sharply reduced if the congressional supercommittee fails to agree on a deficit-reduction package, triggering automatic cuts. More
Some states limit Medicaid fees for certain emergency department visits
American Medical News Share
Nearly all states have at least one program to encourage Medicaid enrollees to reduce emergency department use considered unnecessary. But at least a few have begun limiting Medicaid fees for what they classify as inappropriate visits. More
National Committee for Quality Assurance's releases State of Health Care report
Healthcare Finance News Share
Results of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's annual State of Health Care report indicated that while quality measures overall remained static from 2009 to 2010, some significant gains were made by preferred provider organizations. More
Sharp drop in adults covered by Arizona healthcare
The Arizona Republic Share
More than 14,000 low-income childless adults in Arizona lost state-provided health coverage last month, the biggest drop since the state froze enrollment in the health coverage program in July. More
Medicaid growth is slowing in Florida
The Associated Press via The Herald-Tribune Share
State economists said growth in Florida's once-exploding Medicaid program is slowing and predicted that Medicaid spending will increase by a relatively modest $1.3 billion, or 6.3 percent, in the next budget year. More
Florida Medicaid 'reform' HMOs granted 10.8 percent rate increase
Health News Florida Share
Medicaid managed-care plans in Florida's five Medicaid "reform" counties have been granted a 10.8 percent rate increase because of ever-increasing hospital costs, the president of Florida Association of Health Plans confirmed. More
Wisconsin: State to meet on Medicaid changes
The Chippewa Herald Share
Wisconsin Department of Health Services will hold a town hall meeting in Madison, Wis., about proposed changes to Medicaid. Secretary Dennis Smith and Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades want to collect input from consumers, community partners and providers on Medicaid. More
Oregon hospitals see their Medicaid rates cut by 15 percent
The Lund Report Share
Officials from the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems admit they're disappointed with Governor Kitzhaber's decision that occurred after the legislature adjourned. More
Webinar: 'Medicaid Accountable Care: Accountable Care Organizations, Medicaid, and Medicaid Health Plans' | Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will provide: background on the ACO concept; arguments as to why Medicaid health plans already accomplish the goals of ACOs; and a framework for Medicaid health plan partnership for States that wish to experiment with the ACO model. Kip Piper, a Senior Consultant at Sellers Dorsey and nationally recognized authority on Medicare, Medicaid, and health reform, will present.
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