Posts Tagged ‘managed care’

New York Times Article Depicts Major Pitfalls in Managed Long-Term Programs

March 14, 2014

While the Florida Managed Long-Term Care (LTC) program is still in the roll-out stage, the New York Times released an article March 6th detailing the difficulties experienced by patients and and the governments in other states with established care systems.

Many states, including Florida, have seen costs for LTC explode in the last few years due to a rapidly aging population. While this move to manages care could benefit home care, ending the long stranglehold the nursing home industry has had on caring for Medicaid patients, the article reveals many Americans who are unable to qualify for any kind of care in a way for managed care entities to preserve profits.

HCAF is closely monitoring the Managed Long Term Care program in Florida and will continue to advocate for the use of home and community based care. Solving the problems associated with our State’s growing elderly population will not be easy, but we continue to stress the importance of serving seniors in their preferred setting, which is also the most cost-effective: their home.

Click here to read the New York Times Article.

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Available Now: HCAF’s Summer Edition of The Florida Home Care Connection

June 20, 2013

Summer-2013-Florida-Home-Care-ConnectionThe Summer 2013 issue of The Florida Home Care Connection, HCAF’s official magazine, is now available online! This issue focuses on renewing yourself for the new age of home care, and features articles from leading industry professionals.

Check out what’s inside: (more…)

Gov. Scott Meets with HHS Chief Sebelius to Talk Health Care

January 8, 2013

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, here in a 2009 meeting about the H1N1 flu, met with Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to discuss how Florida can comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Photo by Pete Souza.By James Call, The Florida Current

Gov. Rick Scott said he had a productive meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday in Washington. Scott is lobbying HHS to approve a plan to overhaul Medicaid in Florida and said he discussed his concerns about expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal Affordable Care Act.

“We had a great conversation with Sec. Sebelius today about how we can improve cost, quality and access in health care,” Scott said in a prepared statement released by his office. “I also asked Sec. Sebelius to approve our state’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care and long-term care proposals.” (more…)

Health Plans Ready to Vie for Medicaid Contracts in Florida

September 6, 2012

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida

With Florida gradually moving toward a statewide Medicaid managed-care system, 14 health plans are ready to compete for contracts to provide long-term care to seniors.

The health plans met a deadline last week for submitting documents that will be used by the state Agency for Health Care Administration, as it works to award contracts in 11 different regions of the state. (more…)

WellPoint to Vie for Florida Medicaid Patients

July 9, 2012
BY CAROL GENTRY, HEALTH NEWS FLORIDA

WellPoint Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer, will soon have a major presence in Florida with its purchase of Amerigroup Corp., one of the significant Medicaid contractors in the state.

The Associated Press reported today that Indianapolis-based WellPoint will spend $4.46 billion to acquire AmeriGroup, which has Medicaid contracts with 13 states, including Florida, Texas and New York. Amerigroup is based in Virginia Beach, VA. (more…)

Anonymous Warnings Sent to Medicaid Elderly

April 26, 2012

By Carol Gentry, Health News Florida

Someone is sending warning letters to elderly Medicaid patients about the state’s plan to move them all into managed care.

The Agency for Health Care Administration, which includes Medicaid, issued a press release Wednesday about the letters, warning they could needlessly alarm elderly and disabled Medicaid patients. At the request of Health News Florida, AHCA released one of the letters. (more…)

Report Shows States Looking to Reign in Medicaid Spending as Cost Increases Loom

October 31, 2011

States are focusing on reigning in costs as they face an end to federal stimulus money and the continuing weak economy, according to a survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

State spending for Medicaid is expected to jump 28.7% in FY11, the report said. The Commission’s 11th annual 50-state Medicaid budget survey captured cost containment actions ranging from restrictions on payments to providers and benefits, to new copayments for beneficiaries and additional efforts to contain the costs of prescription drugs. (more…)