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With 2014 coming to a close, Texas Sheriffs Today would like to wish its subscribers, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on 2014, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at some of the opinions pieces submitted by MHPA and president/CEO Jeff Myers.

Your regular news publication will resume on Friday, Jan. 9.

Jeff Myers: Savings with managed Medicaid
News & Observer
In her May 7 point of view "Our looming budget disaster," Sabra Faires noted that the Health and Human Services budget is not a source for savings. I disagree. North Carolina's annual Medicaid budget is $13 billion and requires an additional $400 million per year above that. This spending has increased by 90 percent in the last 10 years. To realize savings, look no further than North Carolina’s neighbors that have moved to managed Medicaid, providing better care at lower cost.
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Sesame Street asks: Can you tell me how to get to North Carolina?
Morning Consult
"One of these things is not like the other; one of these things doesn't belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the other before I finish my song?"

This catchy little ditty from the beloved show "Sesame Street" teaches children how to spot differences in everyday objects. It also brilliantly demonstrates what's wrong with North Carolina Medicaid and offers guidance on the path legislators in the Tar Heel state should take.

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Myers: North Carolina's unsustainable Medicaid model
News & Observer
Medicaid reform truly should be about the beneficiary. Unfortunately, your July 8 editorial, "People pay," failed to recognize that unless North Carolina fundamentally changes its current system, there are going to be even more reductions in services for those who need it most.
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OIG report on Medicaid MCOs and access to care: The real takeaway
Morning Consult
The recently released report by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calls for the need for better oversight by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on state standards for access to care in Medicaid managed care. It discusses the variability in the state standards for network adequacy, e.g., having enough providers who will accept an area's Medicaid patients, among other access measures. But while this variability exists, it doesn't mean that patients aren't adequately accessing care according to those standards.
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Solve the Sovaldi math problem: Miracle HCV Cure + unsustainable price
Morning Consult
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'Why All Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Need an ACO Strategy'?
For a copy of the presentation, please email Jenny Gladieux or Clifford Barnes.
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MHPA's Myers to chair WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit | March 2015 | Washington, DC
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MHPA President and CEO Jeff Myers will chair the WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit, a meeting that convenes executives from health plans, hospital systems and policy organizations to share, learn and discuss approaches to improve the quality of government programs and achieve payment and delivery reform. For conference details, agenda and registration, please visit here.
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MHPA's Myers to speak at 6th Annual Medicaid Innovations 2015 Forum | Feb. 3-5, 2015 | Orlando
Medicaid Innovations Forum
Join MHPA President and CEO Jeff Myers at the Sixth Annual Medicaid Innovations 2015 Forum in February 2015. This meeting offers a unique combination of forward-thinking perspectives including first-hand case studies and examples of true innovation from both Medicaid managed care plans and state government agencies. The forum, which gathers hundreds of representatives from states, health plans and solution providers in one room, goes beyond policy to explore the specific strategies these organizations are leveraging to improve quality of care, reduce costs and position themselves for success in serving the rapidly expanding Medicaid population. Use Discount Code MHPA200 to receive $200 off the current rate.
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Missed our previous issues? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Blue Shield moves into Medicaid with Care1st deal (Los Angeles Times)
Finding coverage through Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
States focus on 'superutilizers' to reduce Medicaid costs (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Medicaid reforms pitched as way to help balance budget in Massachusetts (Boston Herald)
Gilead sued over 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug prices (Reuters)
MHPA/NAMD fault HHS report on Medicaid managed care providers (MedPage Today)
Legislative differences on future of North Carolina Medicaid program persist (Charlotte Observer)

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