medicaid

Health
2:54 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand?

centene.com

As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place.

Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.

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Health
1:16 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System

Wikimedia Commons

The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his.

Michael Neidorff is the CEO of Centene, which operates Kentucky Spirit, one of three statewide MCO's that has managed Medicaid patients for the state since last year.

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Healthcare
2:59 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

KentuckyOne Health Terminating Contracts with Coventry Cares

Wikimedia Commons

KentuckyOne Health says it is terminating contracts at all its facilities with Medicaid provider Coventry Cares. KentuckyOne Health says the terminations will be effective November 1st at former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare facilities and on December 1st at former Saint Joseph Health System facilities. Today’s announcement comes after Coventry gave notice that it would not participate at two hospitals owned by the health system — Our Lady of Peace in Louisville and Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville.

Healthcare
2:21 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Beshear Considering Medicaid Expansion Despite Republicans' Calls for Repeal

wikipedia.org

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is not joining other Kentucky  officials in calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Afternoon Update
3:36 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 7/5/12

"It's not like we're kids and we're getting high and going out and partying. You take it, you're by yourself usually, you just do it because you want to be in a better place. You don't want to sit and stew in the pain."
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Today on NPR: Medical Marijuana Use Sprouting In Israel

Substances [con't]:

Kentucky’s bourbon production has increased 115% over the past 13 years.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Republican Leader Calls On Beshear to Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion

LRC Public Information

The highest-ranking Republican in the Kentucky state House is calling on Governor Steve Beshear to reject an expansion of Medicaid set forth in the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law allows states to opt out of the expansion of the program. House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover wants Beshear to follow other states that have opted out.

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Morning Cram
10:04 am
Thu June 21, 2012

morning cram [mango pickle down river edition]

If the workers disobey or slack off, they're beaten with stingray tails, tire irons, engine belts and, in one case, a sword.

Today on NPR: Vannak Prum was forced to work on a Thai fishing boat for three years before he escaped by jumping overboard. With little oversight, rogue captains buy men like Prum from traffickers and use them to plunder the fishing grounds of surrounding nations.

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Society
9:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Coventry Care issues

The CEO of Kentucky’s largest private Medicaid operator says mistakes in state government caused his company to push for changes in its contracts with healthcare providers.  

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Afternoon Update
4:38 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 6/19/12

These 20-somethings ... everybody just displays their devices. It becomes not a dinner, but a mobile gathering of black screens.
Paul Martin Lester

Today on NPR: Is it bad manners to have technology at the dinner table?

Around the Commonwealth:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is being scolded for flip-flopping on campaign disclosures.

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Government
3:49 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lawmakers Plan to Question Coventry CEO Over Contract Issues

Kentucky lawmakers will get their first chance tomorrow to ask a private Medicaid operator why it’s having so much trouble negotiating contracts with healthcare providers.

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