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  • National Medicaid Congress
  • Covering Strategies for Navigating the New Medicaid
  • June 4 - 6, 2006
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Phone: 800-684-4549

WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- APRIL 25, 2006: The National Medicaid Congress,, June 4 - 6, 2006, in Washington, DC announced today that it will analyze the new Massachusetts' plan to cover all of the state's uninsured through a low-cost, state-subsidized health insurance program using Medicaid funding. The Massachusetts' plan is the latest example of how states are transforming Medicaid.


State Medicaid programs are undergoing fundamental transition. States are reshaping their Medicaid programs and their entire health systems by developing new models of providing benefits. The federal government continues to place Medicaid reform at the top of its agenda as it seeks broader cost savings. With the advent of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, states must maneuver real-time challenges in managing their beneficiaries' health, while adjusting to the benefit's new financial requirements for states. These changes affect all healthcare stakeholders who must develop new policy and commercial strategies in response to the new evolution in Medicaid.

Join national thought leaders for the National Medicaid Congress,, June 4 - 6, 2006, in Washington, DC. This engaging three-day session will address critical questions about emerging Medicaid reform models, the expanded role of Medicaid managed care, new federal and state strategies to manage costs, the impact of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, and the future of Medicaid long-term care.

Debbie Chang
Senior Vice President
and Executive Director
Nemours Division of Health and Prevention Services
Newark, DE
John Iglehart
Founding Editor, Health Affairs
National Correspondent, New England Journal of Medicine
Washington, DC
Dan Mendelson
President and Founder, Avalere Health
Former Associate Director for Health, Office of Management and Budget
Washington, DC
Thomas Scully
Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird
Senior Adviser, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Health & Human Services
Washington, DC


Thomas C. Alexander
Member, Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, South Carolina Senate, Columbia, SC

Gale Arden
Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD

Lauren Barnes
Senior Manager, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Melanie Bella
Vice President for Policy, Center for Health Care Strategies, Princeton, NJ

John Bentivoglio
Partner, King and Spalding, Former Special Counsel for Healthcare Fraud, Chief Privacy Officer, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Linda Berglin
Chair, Health and Human Services Budget Division, Minnesota Senate, St. Paul, MN

Jon Blum
Vice President, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Tanisha V. Carino, PhD
Director, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Mike Cheek
Manager, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Carolyn Clancy
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD

Tom Clark
Director of Policy and Advocacy, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Alexandria, VA

Kevin Concannon
Director, Iowa Department of Human Services, Des Moines, IA

Brian Coyne
Vice President, Federal Government Relations Amerigroup, Washington, DC

John Cutler
Senior Analyst for Policy Development, U.S. Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Gene Davis
Minority Whip, Utah Senate, Salt Lake City, UT

Julie M. Eckstein
Director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City, MO

Barbara Edwards
Principal, Health Management Associates, Columbus, OH

Barbara Eyman
Partner, Powell Goldstein, LLP, Washington, DC

Richard Friedman
Director, Division of State Systems, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Washington, DC

Mark Frisse
Director, Regional Health Initiatives, Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, Nashville, TN

Jim Frogue
Chief Liaison to State Policy Projects, Center for Health Transformation, Washington, DC

Suellen Galbraith
Director of Governmental Relations, American Network of Community Options and Resources, Alexandria, VA

Mark Gibson
Deputy Director, Center for Evidence Based Policy, Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund, Portland, OR

Jon Glaudemans
Senior Vice President, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Val Halamandaris
President, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Washington, DC

Governor Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Richmond, VA

Mary Kennedy
Vice President, State Public Affairs, Ovations/Evercare, Minnetonka, MN

Larry Kocot
Senior Policy Advisor, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Washington, DC

Shannah Koss
Vice President, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Karissa Laur
Director, Patient Assistance Programs, AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE

Michael O. Leavitt (Invited)
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Senator Jim Leddy (D)
Chair, Health and Welfare Committee, Vermont Senate, South Burlington, VT

Alan Levine
Secretary, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Tallahassee, FL

Cindy Mann (Invited)
Research Professor, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Washington, DC

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD (Invited)
Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC

Hunter McKay
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Teresa Ann Miller, PharmD
California Department of Health Services, Medi-Cal, Policy Division, Sacramento, CA

Meg Murray
Executive Director, Association for Community Affiliated Health Plans, Washington, DC

Len Nichols
Director, Health Policy Programs, New America Foundation, Washington, DC

Elizabeth Priaulx
Senior Disability Legal Specialist, National Disability Rights Network, Washington, DC

Mark Reynolds
Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

David Rogers
Administrator, Medicaid Division, Idaho, Health and Welfare Department, Boise, ID

John Richardson
Vice President, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Alan Rosenbloom
President, Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, Washington, DC

David Rosenfeld
United States House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Washington, DC

Diane Rowland
Executive Vice-President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Executive Director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Washington, DC

Matt Salo
Director, Health and Human Services Committee, National Governors Association, Washington, DC

Marc Samuels
Partner, Hillco Partners, LLC, Washington, DC

Andy Schneider
Principal, Medicaid Policy, LLP, Washington, DC

Gail Shearer
Director of Health Policy Analysis, Consumers Union, Washington, DC

Bridget Taylor
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Minority Staff, United States Senate, Washington, DC

Jane Tilly, Dr. P.H.
Director, Quality Care Advocacy, The Alzheimer's Association, Washington, DC

Shannon Turner
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services, Frankfort, KT

Michael Tutty, MHA
Senior Project Director for the Center for Health Policy and Research, Instructor for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA

Leticia Van de Putte
Chair, Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, Texas Senate, President-elect, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Chair, RSG Steering Committee, San Antonio, TX

Jim Verdier
Director of State Health Policy, Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC

Sandeep Wadhwa, MD
Vice President, Care Management, McKesson Health Solutions, Broomfield, CO

Lorraine Wargo
Vermont Department of Aging, Disability and Independent Living

Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)
United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Chiquita White
Senior Manager, Avalere Health, LLC, Washington, DC

Susan Winckler
Vice President, Policy and Communications Staff Council, American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC

  • Medicaid Prescription Drug Primer: How does Medicaid reimburse for prescription drugs work? Learn the basics of the Medicaid rebate program, 340b, federal upper payment limits, treatment of drugs by MCOs, and policy issues and implications.
  • Medicaid Reform Primer: How do the federal government and states modify state Medicaid programs? What is the role of Congress, CMS, state legislatures and state Medicaid agencies? What changes require a state plan amendment, a federal waiver, or a change in federal law? The session will use as examples previous Medicaid reform initiatives, such as Tennessee, Oregon, and Arizona's 1115 waivers.
  • New Directions in Medicaid and State Health Reform
  • Medicaid Cost Containment Strategies
  • Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and the impact on states and dual eligible beneficiaries
  • Medicaid and Long-Term Care
  • New approaches to Medicaid managed care: The Florida and South Carolina Models
  • New approaches to pharmacy management and cost containment
  • Dual eligible and low-income beneficiaries experiences in the Medicare new prescription drug benefit to date
  • Effects of Medicare Part D on Dual Eligibles in Community and Facility LTC Settings
  • New Approaches to Medicaid: The Utah and Idaho Models
  • Evidence-based practices and new definitions of medical necessity
  • State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs and other state strategies to supplement the new benefit
  • Innovations in Medicaid-Medicare Integration: Breakthroughs At Last?
  • New Approaches to Medicaid: Medicare and Medicaid Integration Models
  • New opportunities for disease management and care coordination programs in Medicare
  • Special Needs Plans and new innovations in designing prescription drug benefits for dual eligible beneficiaries
  • State Leadership in LTC Reform - A Case Study of Vermontās ¤1115 Medicaid Waiver Program
  • New Approaches to State Health Reform: Extending Coverage to the Uninsured and Reducing state health care costs
  • Medicaid Managed Car - opportunities and implications of state expansions
  • Future directions for the Part D benefit
  • LTC Industry Perspectives on Medicaid LTC Issues (including dual eligibles in LTC)
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