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July 15, 2015

MAXIMUS Health Literacy Leaders Presented at APHSA Webinar: Transforming Communications with Integrated Health Literacy Strategies

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On June 23, MAXIMUS and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) hosted the Transforming Communications with Integrated Health Literacy Strategies webinar. Anita Light, Director of the National Collaborative at APHSA, Doug Howard, Senior Vice President of Business Development at MAXIMUS, and Nicole Donnelly, Director at the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy, co-presented on the importance of health literacy strategy for effective communications.

July 09, 2015

State Medicaid Programs and the Changing Dynamics of Pharmacy Benefits Management

MAXIMUS President Bruce Caswell wrote a column for the Huffington Post on the new, changing dynamics of pharmacy benefits management programs. An excerpt is below, along with a link to the full article.

June 30, 2015

Featured Article in APHSA’s Policy and Practice: “State Transformation Opportunities for Health Insurance Coverage”

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Here’s a piece that Jan Ruff, MAXIMUS Senior Vice President and health policy expert, wrote for the June issue of Policy and Practice, the magazine of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). The article focuses on a specific section of the Affordable Care Act that provides states with unique opportunities to transform their health insurance programs.

June 19, 2015

Tips for Evolving Medicaid Pharmacy Benefits Management Programs

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A few weeks ago, we ran the Tips for Enhancing Your Medicaid Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Programs webinar. PBM program roles have been changing extensively over the last few years, with many states moving their Medicaid enrollees from fee-for-service programs into managed care programs. Nearly 75 percent of the Medicaid population now receive their medical services and prescription drug benefits through a Managed Care Organization (MCO).

June 08, 2015

Minimizing the Use of Social Security Numbers in Government Programs

As government agencies and businesses increasingly rely on electronic communications, benefits and commerce, there is an ever-greater opportunity for data breaches and identity theft. Recently, we have witnessed cyberattacks on well-known retailers and service providers that have resulted in data breaches affecting millions of consumers. It is likely that each of us knows someone affected by these breaches – perhaps it has even happened to you.

May 26, 2015

Introducing the DecisionPoint Webinar Series

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Given the popularity of our recent webinar series, we are continuing to provide expert analysis on the topics that impact leaders of government health programs. Our next series, the DecisionPointTM Webinar Series, will feature subject matter experts on public health insurance programs, with a focus on lessons learned from experiences that states can apply to their current programs.

April 22, 2015

Webinar on April 24: Continuing the Conversation on Opportunities for State Innovation in Health Insurance Programs

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In February, we hosted a live event at the Newseum surrounding the special provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that offers states the opportunity to take new approaches to their health insurance programs.  Section 1332, also known as the 2017 State Innovation Waiver, can be leveraged by states in designing and developing new ways to operate their public health insurance programs.

April 16, 2015

Plain Talk in Complex Times: Raising Awareness about Health Disparities in Minority Populations

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The MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy hosted its fifth communication conference, Plain Talk in Complex Times, last month in Arlington, Virginia. The conference brought together nearly 200 professionals to share and learn best practices for communicating complex information to consumers.

Through panels, workshops, breakouts and plenary sessions, presenters offered insights that aligned with one of the five conference tracks:

April 08, 2015

1095-A Tax forms: Frequently Asked Questions

With the April 15 tax filing deadline rapidly approaching, Americans are gathering their financial information and tax forms. For many health insurance marketplace consumers, this includes a new form they have received this year called the 1095-A, also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.

April 02, 2015

My Huffington Post Article on the 2017 State Innovation Waivers

I recently wrote an article titled “The Time is Now: Why States Need to Start Thinking About 2017 State Innovation Waivers” for the Huffington Post.

March 16, 2015

MAXIMUS to Acquire Federal Technology Provider Acentia

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This past Monday, MAXIMUS announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Acentia, a provider of technology and management solutions to U.S. federal government civilian and health agencies. Acentia provides systems modernization, software development, program management, and other information technology services and solutions.

March 09, 2015

MAXIMUS Federal Vice President Anna Sever Discusses the Future of Health Care Payment Reform

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Anna Sever, Vice President of Business Development for MAXIMUS Federal Services, offers her take on health care payment reform in a recent issue of Healthcare Reform Magazine. In the article, “Payment Reform: How Consensus Can Create Quality Care,” Ms. Sever discusses the urgent need for reform, the evolution of the payer landscape, and why contractors and their federal counterparts must work together to condense payer quality standards and prepare for a major shift toward quality of care and improved customer service.

March 02, 2015

CMS’ Duals Clarifications Enable State Innovation

Improving care at a manageable cost for people who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is the heart of the latest demonstration initiatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This demonstration is titled “Enrollment and Retention Flexibilities to Better Serve Medicare-Eligible Medicaid Enrollees”. Specifically, CMS expands the demonstration to include a broad range of dually-eligible Medicare/Medicaid recipients under existing authorities, not just the fully-eligible populations comprising the current 13 state demonstrations.

February 26, 2015

Plain Talk in Complex Times: A Sneak Preview of our Fifth Health Literacy Conference

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The MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy will hold its fifth communication conference, Plain Talk in Complex Times, on March 12–13, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Plain Talk brings together a unique audience of communication experts to share best practices and new ideas for engaging consumers.

February 12, 2015

MAXIMUS Executives Honored for Government Contributions

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Congratulations are in order for two MAXIMUS executives who recently received government awards.  Richard Montoni, Chief Executive Officer of MAXIMUS, and Thomas Romeo, President of MAXIMUS Federal Services, have been honored for their contributions as two of the best and brightest leaders in the government contracting sphere.

February 05, 2015

Leveraging Past Successes to Achieve the Outcomes of Immigration Reform

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In his most recent State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his focus on reshaping how our country handles immigration. One of the first steps taken by the President was in November when he announced an executive action to provide deportation relief for nearly 4.4 million undocumented immigrants.

February 03, 2015

Live Event & Webcast on February 6th: Opportunities for State Innovation in Health Insurance Programs

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a special provision for states to take new approaches to their health insurance programs: Section 1332. Commonly referred to as the 2017 State Innovation Waiver, Section 1332 gives states greater flexibility on how they can provide health insurance coverage to their citizens and support new initiatives for how they manage their Medicaid programs.

January 23, 2015

Preparing for IRS Form 1095-A, The Health Insurance Marketplace Statement

Here’s a piece that MAXIMUS President Bruce Caswell wrote for the Huffington Post on the new IRS Form 1095-A that many people will receive this month.

December 04, 2014

Components of a Successful Health Insurance Exchange Call Center

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This post was originally written by Eric Rubin for Healthcare Business Today, discussing important components for a successful health insurance exchange call center. To view the entire post, click here.

November 25, 2014

Tom Romeo, MAXIMUS President of Federal Services, Named FedScoop 50 Industry Leader

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Congratulations to Tom Romeo for winning a FedScoop 50 award in the Industry Leadership Category. The awards recognize the achievements of 50 of the Federal Information Technology community’s best and brightest leaders. Winners were determined by public vote and were announced on November 20.

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