Welcome. MHAP promotes health system change by developing innovative health and human services policy and monitoring implementation. The program also provides information and support to front-line workers and poor communities as they work to address problems at the local level. Mississippi Health Advocacy Programs (MHAP) combines research, analysis and grass-roots organizing to improve health policies, practices and funding in Mississippi, especially in support of the state's poor and underserved people.

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Major Medicaid managed-care reforms hand the ball to states. Will they run with it?

April 30, 2016, Modern Healthcare, Bob Herman and Shannon Muchmore- The key word defining the first significant federal changes to Medicaid managed care in 14 years is “flexibility”-for states, that is.The CMS laid the responsibility of ensuring that some of the country’s poorest residents receive timely, high-quality care to the 39 states and the District of Columbia that contract with private managed-care plans to provide Medicaid services. But those states will need money, manpower and some detailed direction to implement the provisions of the sweeping Medicaid managed-care rule. And some states are more prepared than others to meet the challenge. That could lead to disparities in the improvements to healthcare quality and access the regulations seek to achieve.

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Will Medicare’s physician payment overhaul drive more docs to hospitals?

April 27, 2016, Modern Healthcare, Ben Kutscher and Adam Rubenfire- The CMS on Wednesday began to answer some of the many questions about how physicians will get paid under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. But some stakeholders were immediately dissatisfied with what they saw, and the 963-page rule may have raised as many questions as it answered. The rule provided more clarity around the CMS’ proposed Quality Payment Program, which consolidates three existing payment models: the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Physician Value-based Payment Modifier and Medicare’s incentive program for achieving meaningful use of electronic health records.

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Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady

April 26, 2016, NPR, Allison Aubrey- When it comes to reversing the obesity epidemic, there have been glimmers of hope that the U.S. might be making headway, especially with young children. For instance, back in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented declines in obesity rates among low-income preschoolers in many states. And case studies in cities including Kearney, Neb., Vance, N.C., and New York , N.Y., have reported progress, too. But a new study published in the journal Obesity concludes that - though the prevalence of obesity among U.S. children has plateaued in recent years - there is no indication of a national decline.

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