Friday, March 30, 2012

A Message from the Medicaid Chairperson Vern Smith: Update on the Supreme Court Hearings

Medicaid Chairperson Vern Smith comments on this week’s Supreme Court Hearings:

The Supreme Court arguments on Medicaid, and recent new rules on Medicaid eligibility, have highlighted both the complexity and the significance of the changes coming for Medicaid, and their implications for states and health plans.

A lot is at stake, the risks are high, and there is hardly enough time to prepare for the opportunities immediately ahead.

Across all states and Medicaid managed care plans, the keywords now are innovation, coordination, collaboration, quality improvement and performance. It is an exciting time to be involved with serving the health care needs of this population.

That is why I invite you to attend IIR’s 20th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, April 30 – May 2 in Baltimore. I’ve had the privilege to chair this event for the past few years, and have seen it consistently bring together health plan leaders, state and federal officials, to share how they are addressing the most significant challenges in Medicaid.

When you download the agenda, you’ll see more than 45 exceptional speakers. There is plenty of time to interact with speakers and with more than 350 fellow participants with their own expertise in the world of Medicaid managed care.

This year I will moderate the annual State Medicaid Directors Panel, always a highlight of the conference, where we’ll focus on the top challenges state leaders are facing, and their strategies for addressing them.

Thank you very much, and I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!


Vernon K. Smith, Ph.D.
Managing Principal

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