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MRT Accepts Recommendations of 4 Work Groups

11/2/11 – A full meeting of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) was held yesterday. The MRT accepted the final recommendations from four work groups: Program Streamlining and State/Local Responsibilities, Behavioral Health, Managed Long-Term Care Implementation and Waiver Design, and Health Disparities.

Medicare News Good for Consumers but Challenges Remain

10/29/11 – Several news outlets are reporting this morning that, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare premiums will rise at a less than expected rate for next year.

Meet NYHW Blog Contributor: Jaime Venditti

10/28/11 – We at New York Health Works thought it was time to introduce readers to our blog’s main contributor – Jaime Venditti. Jaime is the State Coordinator for New York Health Works.

Inspirational Story of Overcoming Mental Illness

The New York Times recently ran an article about a woman who is living successfully with schizoaffective disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. ‘Successfully’ does not do her life justice. In fact, she has a high-level job as the chief executive of a large nonprofit mental health treatment organization in California. After struggling for decades as an outcast and with multiple wrong diagnoses, Keris Myrick was able to turn her life around.

New Discount Prescription Drug Program Available in NYC for Patients

There are lots of changes up in the air for health care reform. While our country get things sorted out, in the meantime it’s important for patients to have plenty of options available if they need help with prescription medications.

Pharmaceutical Co. Investing in Suffolk County

Here’s a bit of great news for pharmaceutical employees and patients throughout New York — the Long Island Business Journal profiled a new investment of $39M in Suffolk County by Invagen Pharmaceuticals (story can be found here).

Update: Addressing Health Disparities

The October issue of Health Affairs contains an article on health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The article also discusses tried-and-true and newer interventions to address the problem. The article reiterates what we already know: racial and ethnic minorities receive worse health care and have poorer health outcomes than non-minorities. The same holds for disabled and low-income persons.

Medication Non-Compliance Detriment to Patients’ Health and Costs Money

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran a piece in their Informed Patient column entitled Many Pills, Many Not Taken. The column discusses medication compliance challenges and the value of technology and intervention by health care providers.

Medicaid Redesign Team Meeting Summary

A full meeting of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) was held yesterday in Albany. The meeting was informational. Proposals and recommendations from the sub work groups were presented but no action was taken. Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson and DOH also provided updates. A complete summary is after the jump, including MRT schedule and agenda for the remainder of the year.

Insurance Exchange Update

Since the legislature shows no sign of returning before January, it appears a decision on how to develop the NYS Health Insurance Exchange would be stalled until then. But according to a Crain’s report today, the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) suggested that Gov. Cuomo might issue an executive order to lay out a plan for implementing the health insurance exchange.