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CMS: 10.8 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP over 15 months
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
About 10.8 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014, increasing total enrollment in the programs by nearly 19 percent, according to a report released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The preliminary estimate is based on 48 states and the District of Columbia reporting both December enrollment data and baseline data from July through September 2013. A total of 68.6 million people were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in those states as of Dec. 31, with Medicaid expansion states showing a 27 percent increase and non-expansion states showing a 7 percent increase. More than 547,000 people enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in December. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year round.
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Register now and save $150
The early registration deadline for the 2015 ACMA National Conference is just around the corner. Register by March 6, 2015, and save $150!

With more than 60 sessions to choose from and up to 26 hours of continuing education, this is a one-of-a-kind event that you will not want to miss. Why wait? Register today at

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Back by popular demand: Pediatric sessions
At the 2014 ACMA National Conference, we introduced a session focused on pediatric case management in each breakout block. Based on overwhelmingly positive attendee feedback, pediatrics-focused sessions are returning to the conference agenda. In these sessions, experienced case management and transitions of care professionals will examine case studies, address specific issues impacting the pediatric patient population and present best practices.

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ACMA position statement calls for ACM Certification by end of 2016
The American Case Management Association (ACMA) issued a certification position statement on Oct. 21, 2013, calling for ACM Certification by the end of 2016. Advance your professional practice and validate your competency and expertise within case management by applying for the ACM certification today at
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Farmer's Final Flight Plants Lasting Memory
One beautiful spring Saturday, a social worker called requesting a STAT patient transport to Iowa. The patient was an elderly farmer suffering from end-stage cancer who wanted to go home to be with family and friends during his final days. Within two hours, we were boarding the patient, his wife, and his son into our Citation Jet. The patient was alert, oriented, and vey talkative.
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Hospitals go big to take on population health management
With improving population health management high on the list of many healthcare executives' goals, some hospitals have discovered that the best way to achieve this is to join forces with other facilities. Such is the case in Maryland, where 10 hospitals — comprising five distinct health systems — announced plans Monday to form the Advanced Health Collaborative, a network intended to share costs and patient care programs in order to speed the transition to value-based payment, Healthcare Finance News reported.
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Study: Fancy flourishes at hospitals don't impress patients
Kaiser Health News
The sleek hospital tower that Johns Hopkins Medicine built in 2012 has the frills of a luxury hotel, including a meditation garden, 500 works of art, free wi-fi and a library of books, games and audio. As Dr. Zishan Siddiqui watched patients and some fellow physicians in Baltimore move from their decades-old building into the Sheikh Zayed Tower, the internist saw a rare opportunity to test a widespread assumption in the hospital industry: that patients rate their care more highly when it is given in a nicer place.
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IOM to host March conference on end-of-life care recommendations
Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine will convene health leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders March 20 to discuss potential ways to implement recommendations from its September 2014 report "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life." The Washington, D.C., conference will feature panels on issues including: opportunities and challenges for health care systems, providers, insurers, hospice and palliative care organizations, patient groups and quality standards organizations; the integration of financing for medical and social services near the end of life; and improvements to public and private payment systems to facilitate high-quality care. To participate in person or via webcast, click here to register.
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Viable health information exchange not likely until 2017
By Scott E. Rupp
The results of a new survey show broad insight into the "tentative" progress that health information exchange and true interoperability have made. After polling nearly 2,000 health plan members and patients, 800 independent and employed physicians, 700 hospital executives, 1,200 insurers and 500 health information technology vendor staffers in a span of eight months, analysts have boiled down their findings thusly: "Persistent unpredictability describes the current state of operative HIEs."
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Intensive Case Management Leadership Workshop
Great CEU, CCM, and CMAC opportunity. Evolve your service and join the discussion. Click here for more info.

Don’t confuse case management with UR. In tomorrow’s marketplace, managing progression- of-care will take center stage. Are you ready?

Affordable Care Act users managing tax filing, uninsured may use new enrollment period
So far, most people with Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies seem to be filing their taxes without huge problems, despite the complexity of the process. However, about half of those who have filed returns with tax prep firm H&R Block and who owe a penalty for not having insurance, have expressed interest in purchasing exchange coverage, according to Block's VP for healthcare, Mark Ciaramitaro. That suggests that the White House's newly-announced special enrollment period could significantly expand coverage through the health exchange.
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Rural hospital leaders ready to advance agenda on Capitol Hill
AHA News Now
A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced a spate of AHA-backed legislation that supports small and rural prospective payment system hospitals and critical access hospitals. The legislation would make the Medicare-dependent Hospital program permanent; extend the Rural Community Demonstration program; remove the 96-hour certification requirement for CAHs; and protect rural access to outpatient services.
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Docs don't need fixing — Medicare does
The American people sent a message loud and clear in last year's elections: It's time for change. Now that the dust has settled and the House and Senate are back to work again, physicians are calling on policymakers to listen to the American public's call to end the Washington, D.C., game of brinksmanship, and one way to do that is to finally pass Medicare reform that moves the system into the 21st century.
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Feds propose maintaining payments to Medicare advantage
The federal government proposed changes to Medicare Advantage plan payments that will likely keep rates flat in 2016, a move expected to prompt more people to choose the plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is required to set rates every year for Medicare Advantage and the prescription drug plans, known as Part D benefits. Final rates are expected on April 6, 2015. Medicare Advantage is an optional managed care program that senior citizens choose to stabilize costs in exchange for narrow networks and what insurance companies say is higher-quality care.
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Feb. 26 Southern California Chapter Anaheim, California Details
Mar. 11 Ohio Chapter Conference Columbus, Ohio Details
Mar. 14 Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Details
Apr. 26-29 ACMA 2015 National Conference Phoenix, Arizona Details
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