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ACAP Introduces Christine Aguiar as Vice President for Medicare, MLTC

ACAP recently named Christine Aguiar as the group’s new Vice President for Medicare and Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC). Ms. Aguiar comes to ACAP with several years' experience as a senior analyst with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), where her work focused on dual-eligible beneficiaries, Medicare Advantage special needs plans, and Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care. More > 

Safety Net Health Plan Telemedicine Initiatives Profiled in New ACAP Report

A new ACAP fact sheet examines four plans' to maximize their network capacity through telemedicine in an effort to meet the primary and specialty care needs of individuals and families--including those who recently gained coverage through the expansion of the Medicaid program. The report profiles the efforts of five Safety Net Health Plans to implement telemedicine, and provides policy suggestions aimed at lowering barriers to its adoption.

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ACAP Introduces John Lovelace as Chair of ACAP's Board of Directors

ACAP recently announced that effective January 1, 2015, its new Chairman of the Board will be John Lovelace. Mr. Lovelace is currently President of UPMC for You, the largest Medicaid plan in western Pennsylvania which serves more than 265,000 people. Mr. Lovelace is also President of Government Programs and Individual Advantage for UPMC Health Plan. He succeeds Howard A. Kahn, Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan. More >

ACAP Report Profiles Efforts to Bridge Gap Between Physical, Mental Health Services

A new ACAP fact sheet examines the efforts of four Safety Net Health Plans across the country to bridge the traditional divide between physical and behavioral health services, which contributes to materially worse health outcomes for people who live with mental illness.  People who live with mental illness are nearly twice as likely to have an additional chronic physical health condition compared with those without mental illness, and more than twice as likely to describe themselves as having fair or poor health status. They also have higher mortality rates, on average dying decades earlier but from treatable causes including cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. The report was funded by a grant from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. 

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ACAP Fact Sheet Highlights Plan Efforts to Address Underlying Social Factors Which Affect Health

An ACAP fact sheet looks at innovative ways that Safety Net Health Plans are working to positively influence the life circumstances of their members that fall outside the traditional purview of the health care system: family support systems, housing, nutrition, income, education, and other dynamics. These factors are frequently referred to as “social determinants of health.” The paper profiles more than a dozen initiatives undertaken across the country - from a "food prescription" program in Portland, Ore., to a book club in Chicago to an effort to provide housing in Pittsburgh. 

The paper in full is available here.

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