Weekly Roundup

October 19, 2022

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West Virginia Releases RFP for Foster Children, Youth in Medicaid Managed Care

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Arizona Receives Federal Approval of Waiver to Address Housing Needs
District of Columbia Council Approves Medicaid Managed Care Contracts Idaho Delays Behavioral Medicaid Awards to November 2022
Indiana Awards Medicaid FFS Prior Authorization, Utilization Management Contract to KePro
Kansas, Gainwell Implement Modular Medicaid Technology Platform
Nevada Governor Tells SEIU He Will Push for Higher Payment Rates, Wages for Home Care Providers
New York Fails to Follow Up on Dual Eligible Cost Savings Opportunities, Comptroller Finds
Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passes Resolution to Study Medicaid Addiction Treatment Reimbursement Rates
HHS Offers States Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Planning Grants
CMS Agrees to Release Audits of 90 Medicare Advantage Plans
Acorn Health Acquires 7 Applied Behavior Analysis Centers in FL, VA For Children With Autism
Brave Health Secures $40 Million in Latest Funding Round to Expand Virtual Medicaid Behavioral Health Services

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October 12, 2022

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California Faces Lawsuit from Health Plan Over Alleged Public Records Act Violation
Kansas to Hold Public Meetings on KanCare With Beneficiaries, Stakeholders
Massachusetts to Transition Dual Eligibles from MMP Demo to D-SNP
Mississippi Submits Amendment to Increase Reimbursement Rates for Private Duty Nurses by 15 Percent
Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates Clash on Medicaid Managed Care Implementation
Texas Releases STAR, CHIP Draft RFP
Utah to Transition to New MMIS in 2023
West Virginia Releases RFP for Foster Children, Youth in Medicaid Managed Care
Treasury Announces Rules Aimed at Fixing Exchange Plan ‘Family Glitch’
Walgreens Boots Alliance to Acquire Remaining 45 Percent Stake in CareCentrix
Cimarron Healthcare Capital, Tacoma Holdings Invest in Frontpoint Health

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October 5, 2022

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Colorado Releases Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Broker Services RFP
Louisiana to Begin Auto Assignment of Medicaid Beneficiaries into Managed Care Plans
Maine Looks to Renew NEMT Waiver, Release RFP
Minnesota Awards Medicaid Managed Care Contracts Covering Individuals Outside Twin Cities, Elderly, Disabled
Nebraska Seeks Funds to Cover Aduhelm, Reduce Waiting List for Individuals With Development Disabilities
New York Medicaid Fraud, Waste Reduction Efforts Yield Results
North Carolina Delays Implementation of Behavioral Health IDD Tailored Plans to April 2023
North Dakota Leads Country in Rate of Physicians Accepting New Medicaid Patients, Analysis Finds
Ohio Governor Looks to Expand Medicaid Eligibility for Pregnant Women to 300 Percent of Poverty
Oklahoma Implements 25 Percent Rate Increase for Developmental Disability, HCBS Providers
HCSC Names Anne Rote President of Medicaid Division
Federal Grants Topping $346 Million Awarded to Address Healthcare Staffing Shortages
Ensign Group May Soon Become Largest Nursing Home Provider in U.S.

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September 28, 2022

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Arizona Medicaid Director to Step Down at the End of 2022
Colorado Appoints Adela Flores-Brennan as Medicaid Director
Centene Names Bill Wilson CEO of Delaware Medicaid Plan
Kansas Begins Distributing $51 Million in Bonuses for Direct Care Workers at Medicaid HCBS Providers
Massachusetts Receives Federal Approval to Extend MassHealth 1115 Waiver Through 2027
Nebraska Awards Medicaid Managed Care Contracts to 3 Health Plans
Nevada Releases Electronic Visit Verification System RFP
Oregon 1115 Waiver Renewal Is Approved by Federal Regulators
Texas Report Recommends Transitioning Medicaid-Only Services into Managed Care for Dual Eligibles
Virginia Medicaid Provider Sets Up Neighborhood Clinics to Expand Access to Preventive Health Care
OIG Calls For Increased Oversight of Medicaid Plan MLR Reporting
DentaQuest Commits $275,000 to Initiative Connecting Children to Dental Care

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September 21, 2022

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Cityblock to Serve About 10,000 MDWise Members in Indiana
Kentucky Appeals Panel Upholds 2020 Medicaid Managed Care Contracts With 5 Plans, Excluding Elevance Health
Missouri Meets Federal Requirement of 45 Days for Processing Medicaid Expansion Applications
New York PACE Could Expand Dramatically Under Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature
Ohio Releases Medicaid Electronic Visit Verification Services RFP
AbsoluteCare Expands Into Pittsburgh Through Collaboration With Highmark Wholecare
Tennessee Is Hit With Lawsuit Over Medicaid Managed Care Procurement
Texas to Receive $165.6 Million in Settlement Over Medicaid Drug Pricing
Medicaid Eligibility Redeterminations Could Take 12 Months Following PHE, State Regulators Say
NCQA, CHCF Release Framework to Measure Health Equity in Medicaid Managed Care
UnitedHealth Group Is Cleared to Acquire Change Healthcare
Humana to Fully Acquire 20 Senior Primary Care Clinics After Buying Out Welsh, Carson’s Stake

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September 14, 2022

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Florida Faces Lawsuit from Transgender Rights Groups over Medicaid Coverage Determination
Kentucky Seeks to Expand Number of PACE Providers, Counties Served
Montana Medicaid Reimbursement Rates Are 22 Percent Below Benchmarks, Study Finds
New York Proposes 1115 Waiver Amendment to Address Equity, Housing, Workforce Shortages
Oregon Medicaid Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Program Receives CMS Approval
Texas Awards STAR Health Contract to Centene/Superior HealthPlan
CareSource, Legacy Community Health Form Joint Venture to Bid on Texas STAR, CHIP RFP
West Virginia Allocates Funding to Increase Medicaid HCBS Payments
Illinois Review Board to Reconsider Merger of Advocate Aurora, Atrium Health
CMS to Phase Out D-SNP Look-Alikes Within Medicare Advantage in 2023

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September 7, 2022

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Arkansas Seeks Federal Approval to Offer Full Medicaid Coverage to Pregnant Women
California Awards $340 Million Population Health Management Contract to Gainwell Technologies
Medi-Cal Contract Awards Face Appeals from Aetna, Blue Shield of CA, Community Health Group, Centene
Iowa Awards NEMT Contract to MTM
Maryland Releases Dental Benefits Administrator RFP
Maryland Releases Medicaid NEMT Broker RFP
New Mexico Delays Medicaid Managed Care RFP Release to Third Quarter of 2022
Oklahoma Releases Medicaid Dental Managed Care RFP
Tennessee Proposes PMPM Medicaid Spending Cap to Replace Proposed Aggregate Spending Cap
Texas Delays Releases of STAR/CHIP, STAR Kids RFPs
MedPAC Eyes Potential Standardized Benefit Options for Medicare Advantage
CMS Proposes Rule to Standardize Medicaid, CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment
CVS to Acquire Signify Health
Maximus Retains Contract to Support CMS Contact Center Operations

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August 31, 2022

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California Awards Medi-Cal Managed Care Contracts to Three Health Plans
District of Columbia Medicaid Managed Care Contract Awards Await Mayor’s Recommendations
Florida Medicaid Providers to Pay Long-Term Care Staff $15 Per Hour
Illinois Enacts Legislation to Increase Nursing Home Pay
Iowa Awards Medicaid Managed Care Contracts to 2 Health Plans
Louisiana Awards Single, Statewide PBM Contract to Magellan
Louisiana Medicaid Begins Using State Directed Payment Model for Hospitals
Mississippi Medicaid Managed Care Bidders File Protests
Nebraska Delays Medicaid Managed Care Awards to September 23
New Hampshire Releases Adult Medicaid Dental Managed Care RFP
New York Removes Barrier to Home Care M&A Activity With New Licensure Process
CMS Awards $98.9 Million to Navigators to Assist in 2023 Exchange Open Enrollment
8.8 Million Medicaid Beneficiaries Received LTSS in 2019, CMS Report Finds
Medicare Advantage Accounts for Nearly Half of All Medicare Beneficiaries, KFF Analysis Finds
Walgreens Boots Alliance Completes Acquisition of 55 Percent Stake in CareCentrix

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August 24, 2022

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California Releases Mobile Crisis Intervention Services RFI
California Exchange Plans Must Resubmit 2023 Rates to Reflect Impact of Inflation Reduction Act
Florida Medicaid Enrollment to Increase 5.5 Percent, Surplus to Top $1.25 Billion in Fiscal 2023
Georgia Can Reinstate Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements, Federal Judge Rules
Nebraska Awards Maxmius Contract for MMIS Provider Services Module
New York Legislators Introduce Bill to Ease Burden of Medicaid Provider Audits, Recoveries
North Carolina Healthy Opportunities Pilot Struggles to Gain Traction
Ohio Counties Win $600 Million in Damages in Opioid Lawsuit
Oregon Health Plan to Use Tech Platform to Connect Medicaid Members to Social Services
Texas Dual Eligible Demonstration Shows Cost Reductions, Study Finds
Utah Releases Medicaid Dental Managed Care RFP
U.S. Senate Panel Investigates Medicare Advantage, Part D Marketing Tactics
Sonas Home Health Care Acquires Focus Forward Skilled Care

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August 17, 2022

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Arizona Works on New Health Plan Contracts for ALTCS-EPD Program
Delaware Judge Denies Motion to Quash Audit of Medicaid Program
District of Columbia Accepts Bids from 2 Medicaid Managed Care Plans
Florida Medicaid Plan Capitated Rates to Fall, Driven by Lower Utilization
Illinois Announces PACE Program Awardees
Massachusetts Seeks Input on Improving Medicaid MCO/ACO Risk Adjustment Model
Minnesota Releases RFP for School-Linked SUD Services for Students
Missouri Medicaid Software Vendor Wins $23 Million in Lawsuit Against State
Nebraska Delays Medicaid Managed Care Awards to August 31
North Carolina Legislators Fail to Reach an Agreement on Medicaid Expansion
CMS Proposes Rule to Expand Medically Necessary Dental Services Covered by Medicare
Medicare Rates Expected to Rise 2.5 Percent for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities in Fiscal 2023
Humana to Acquire Wisconsin-based MCO Inclusa
LHC Group Agrees to Acquire Three Rivers Home Health

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