Topic: Medicaid

POTUS Spikes the Football, but the ObamaCare War-Game Isn’t Over

John Gorman

Last week as health insurance exchange open enrollment ended, President Obama spiked the football, announcing that 8 million people had signed up, and that the Obamacare debate is “over.”  He put an exclamation point on it: that millions more had gained coverage through Medicaid expansion and new mandates on employers.  Now, any further discussion of repealing ObamaCare was about taking coverage away from those millions of Americans.

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Member Engagement and Experience are the New Risk Adjustment

John Gorman

In this new era of Star Ratings in Medicare Advantage and Part D, where a 4+ score is now do-or-die, health plan survival comes down to two things: member engagement and the member experience.  They’re the new risk adjustment when rates in 2014-2015 will be at their lowest levels in more than a decade, and a low-quality rating is a kiss of death in government programs.  Plans that can’t evolve into kinder, gentler, more coordinated and Member-Centric service providers are already beginning to disappear.

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Lighting the Path in the Golden Age of Government-Sponsored Health Programs: Join Us for the GHG Client Forum

John Gorman

More than 300 guests will convene on May 1-2 at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas for the 2014 Gorman Health Group Forum, our annual strategic retreat for leaders in government-sponsored health programs. This year’s gathering promises to be the most actionable, content-packed conference you could attend on how to succeed in this new Golden Age of government business. And when the learning and planning is done for the day, we will celebrate this unique moment in health care history as only GHG can in Vegas.  Here’s what’s happening this year and why you’ve got to join us: Read more

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ObamaCare’s Winners and Losers — Consumer Edition

John Gorman

I got my start in DC some 23 years ago as a reporter, and the profession’s credo is always to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.” ObamaCare is the story of a lifetime for enterprising journalists, and the really poignant anecdotes that can shape and move public opinion — and therefore politics — are just beginning.  Small stories will go viral in the echo chamber of 24-hour news cycles and social media in the coming weeks as enrollment and coverage begins in earnest.  Here’s how these very personal stories of what ObamaCare means to consumers will break down.

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There is no cheat sheet for 2014.

RaeAnn Grossman.

Now is the time of year when we all have 12 things to do in the next 30 minutes, plus we are budgeting and we need to write our strategic approach for 2014. We have to learn how to prioritize and focus on what is truly important to our success. Unfortunately, there is no cheat sheet, no best practices for all things healthcare, and we cannot succeed if we have too many strategies. Let’s compare five areas: Read more

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The Shutdown Will Become the Siege of the ObamaCare Teahadists

John Gorman

If you’re paying any attention to the worsening drama here in DC, dig in because the calendar is not our friend.  With the stalemate over the government shutdown ossifying, the Congress just backed into the debt ceiling, which we’ll hit in less than two weeks.  Now we’re going to need a big deal both reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling to get out of this mess, at the very moment postions are hardening.  A few days ago, I thought a shutdown would go on for about a week…now I’m thinking it might be a month, or even longer.  And that could have big implications for ObamaCare, Medicare and Medicaid.

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New Conventional Wisdom: A Government Shutdown and New Debt Crisis are Gonna Happen

John Gorman

Health care politics here in Washington are getting curiouser and curiouser by the minute.  The new conventional wisdom is that we are careening toward a government shutdown on October 1, and a newly-manufactured debt ceiling crisis a week later, with ObamaCare and every other government-sponsored health program hanging in the balance.  Our long national nightmare that is the extreme right wing of the GOP continues.

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