Briefs & Reports

Four HMA Presentations to be Featured at MESC 2015

HMA staff will be featured in four presentations at the upcoming Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) Aug. 17-20 in Des Moines, Iowa. MESC is an annual meeting for state, federal and private sector professionals to exchange ideas related to Medicaid systems and heath policy affected by those systems. HMA Speaking Schedule “State Perspectives for Achieving … Read More

Webinar to Focus on Medicaid Network Adequacy

Medicaid Network Adequacy: A Proactive Approach to Ensuring and Demonstrating Compliance Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. EDT Medicaid managed care plans need to take a proactive approach to meet network adequacy requirements and demonstrate compliance to state regulators. Often that means more than just having the right network in place. … Read More

HMA Helps Create Report About Home Interventions for Asthma Patients

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative® (GHHI®) recently released “Sustainable Funding and Business Case for GHHI Home Interventions for Asthma Patients.” HMA partnered with GHHI to create the publication which assesses ways in which effective, comprehensive home interventions can be integrated with the healthcare system payment structure. The report identifies sustainable health-related funding streams for … Read More

Webinar to Focus on MLTSS, New Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: Understanding the Impact of the New Medicaid Managed Care Regulations Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. EDT Get ready for a whole new regulatory framework for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). As part of the newly proposed Medicaid managed care regulations, CMS is seeking to … Read More

HMA Helps Produce Strong Start Annual Report

HMA’s Jennifer Edwards, Sharon Silow-Carroll and Diana Rodin are part of a team that prepared the Year 1 annual report for the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative. The Strong Start initiative, funded by the Affordable Care Act, was designed to improve maternal and infant outcomes for pregnancies covered by Medicaid and the Children’s … Read More

Governing Article Taps into HMA Expertise

Governing Staff Writer Chris Kardish tapped the expertise of two HMA colleagues for his article “5 of the Biggest Changes in New Medicaid Managed Care Rules.” HMA Senior Consultant Lisa Shugarman and Principal Matt Roan shared offered insights about quality ratings as well as accreditation and monitoring. The newly proposed regulations represent the first major … Read More

Medicaid Policies

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued six final and four proposed policies that merit mention. They are available for review on DCH’s website. MSA 15-06 informs Home Help Agency and Individual Providers that the change in policy announced in MSA 14-58, then delayed, will now be implemented effective June 1, 2015. … Read More

Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Activity

As of May 1, 2015, there were 1,645,820 Medicaid beneficiaries, including Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) beneficiaries, enrolled in 13 Medicaid Health Plans (HMOs); this is an increase of 36,308 since April. The enrollment total reflects an increase of 17,421 HMP enrollees since April and an increase of 18,887 non-HMP Medicaid enrollees. As the enrollment reports (pdf) … Read More

CMS Releases Sweeping Managed Care Rules

On May 26, 2015, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed managed care rule intended to update and strengthen the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) regulations last updated in 2003. “This proposed rule would modernize the Medicaid managed care regulations to reflect changes in the usage of managed … Read More

State Budget

While the Michigan Department of Human Services and Michigan Department of Community Health were combined in April into the new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, legislative action on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016 budgets occurred separately for the two former departments. The House/Senate Conference Committee on the Community Health budget finished its work … Read More