With 2013 coming to a close, MHPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories.
Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
New York signs MOU with CMS for duals demo Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services From Aug. 27: MHPA consultant Jeff Viohl will present a highlights document for a Memorandum of Understanding for the next Dual Eligibles and LTC Workgroup.
Obamacare's 73 percent Medicaid pay raise for doctors is delayed Forbes From March 19: A huge pay raise promised under the Affordable Care Act for primary care doctors who treat the nation's poor covered by Medicaid health insurance is nearly three months behind schedule and may take another three months before it kicks in, state Medicaid directors say.
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MHPA President and CEO Johnson steps down MHPA From Jan. 31: MHPA announced that President and CEO Thomas L. Johnson will be stepping down after more than eight years of dedicated service. Johnson not only served in the chief executive role, but also was a member of the MHPA Board of Directors for three years before he took the helm at MHPA
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Aetna acquires Coventry Health Care Aetna From May 9: Aetna acquired Coventry Health Care, Inc., on May 7. As a combined company, Aetna is now the third largest healthcare benefits company in America based on membership. Aetna now serves an estimated 22 million medical members in the U.S. and around the world.
State officials submit first quarterly KanCare report to feds Kansas Health Institute From June 11: Kansas officials have made public their first quarterly report to federal authorities on the progress of KanCare, Gov. Sam Brownback's initiative to move virtually all the state's Medicaid enrollees into privately run managed care plans.
Docs, Dems call for Medicaid expansion WRAL-TV tate lawmakers decided against expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina, but they are being asked to reconsider. A group of Democratic leaders and community advocates asked legislative leaders to call a special session to reverse their decision and take the federal government up on the offer of funds.
New funding to improve care coordination for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services From June 27: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Administration for Community Living have announced a new funding opportunity designed to enhance CMS' Financial Alignment Initiative, designed to improve coordination of care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. This funding opportunity will support states in developing independent ombudsman programs, helping beneficiaries in the demonstration have a positive care experience.