The holidays have passed and many of us are hard at work on New Year’s Resolutions. Whatever your personal resolution for 2015, it is vital you include managed care preparedness on your priority list this new year. Health care reform continues to make significant impacts across the spectrum of health care insurance coverages; including changes to commercial benefit plans, new plan offerings through the “Obamacare” health care exchange system (www.healthcare.gov), new and expanded managed care plans for Medicaid beneficiaries, and the continued growth and popularity of Medicare Advantage plans for the Medicare-eligible population.

Many of our clients have difficulty keeping up with the names of plans operating in their areas, much less what is required in order to obtain contracts to participate in these plans. Don’t miss the latest and most important news about managed care and how it effects your patient population. Missing out on managed care plans means missed patient referrals and missed admissions.

Coming up for Cypress Healthcare Consultants clients who own or operate skilled nursing facilities in Texas, Cypress Healthcare Consultants will provide a FREE Seminar on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Richardson, Texas. All five (5) of the Texas Star+Plus Medicaid Plan organizations will be present for a private Q&A session. This is an opportunity for our clients to get a personal audience with representatives of all 5 plans, and ample time to ask questions about the clinical, administrative and billing issues that are of most concern to the provider as we approach the March 1, 2015 start date for Star+Plus coverage. Contact Janie Wiechecki at (972) 424-1360 for more information on how to receive your invitation and make plans to attend. Seating is limited, so contact our office ASAP for your personal invitation. We also want to say a special “Thanks!” to Molina Healthcare of Texas as our Platinum Sponsor for this important event!

The big news for Cypress Healthcare Consultants this January is the upcoming move of our organizational headquarters to Richardson, Texas. The move is tentatively scheduled for February 1, 2015, so be on the look-out for official email notice of our new address and contact information. We look forward to using this expanded and state-of-the-art space to provide even greater levels of serviceto our clients and prospective clients.