NAMD 2018: Recap

The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Conference gathered executives and government employees in the bustling city of Washington D.C to discuss Medicaid program initiatives in America. The conference offered a variety of Medicaid workshops while highlighting key advancements in healthcare technology.

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Tim Jost: The Proposed Health Reimbursement Arrangement Rule

The United States is unique among developed countries in the extent to which it ties health care financing to employment.  Fifty-six percent of Americans receive health coverage through their jobs. Some health policy experts have criticized this situation, asserting that health care could be financed much more efficiently if individuals purchased the health care coverage that best suited their needs rather than relying on their employers to purchase coverage for them.

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How the Midterm Elections Results Affect Healthcare

The 2018 Midterm Elections made history with a record-high 47% of registered voters casting a ballot. When it comes to important issues, exit interviews conducted by CNN, CBS News, and ABC reported 40% of Americans ranked healthcare as their most prominent concern. 

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States Move Forward with 1115 Medicaid Expansion  

Waiver priorities have been identified by the Trump Administration and present countless opportunities for states and carriers, alike. As states move to expand Medicaid through Section 1115 waivers, Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) must look toward MITA-aligned, HIPAA-compliant financial management solutions.  

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Waiver Program to Offer States Increased Flexibility

On October 22, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury jointly announced new guidance overhauling the 1332 Waiver process, which will take effect in 2020. With modification of the 1332 waiver process, the new policy will address states’ request for greater flexibility. It will also permit states to use waivers to increase choice and competition within their insurance markets, use subsidies to help consumers afford health coverage, and introduce new flexibilities.  

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WEDI National Conference Emphasizes Modernizing Healthcare, Interoperability, and 834 Enrollment

This year’s Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) National Conference kicked off day 2 with interactive sessions led by Keynote Speaker Seema VermaCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, and Dr. Jack Lewin, National Coalition on Health Care‘s Chairman

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