While Obamacare supporters welcome Louisiana's Medicaid expansion, it remains to be seen if private providers will join with traditional safety net providers in delivering their care since the cash-strapped state isn't raising its abysmally low Medicaid pay rates.
The key was automatically signing up the tens of thousands people already participating in other state health programs for the poor and contacting everyone receiving federal food stamp benefits.
The CMS says Indiana has been unresponsive to its attempts to enter a data-sharing agreement so the agency can obtain information on the beneficiaries who have gained coverage under the state's Medicaid expansion.
Louisiana's nine safety net hospitals are bracing for big state funding cuts as the state is racing to enroll low-income adults in its new Medicaid expansion that starts July 1.
Indiana awarded new managed Medicaid contracts to four out of five bidding private health insurers. UnitedHealthcare was the lone company to miss the cut because its proposed costs and profits were too high.
Health policy experts and the media need to make it clear to voters this year that the Affordable Care Act and GOP replacement plans are means to different ends.
Indiana officials say the CMS is planning to use a biased survey to evaluate the state's conservative approach to Medicaid expansion. The results of the survey could affect whether other Republican-led states considering similar plans are granted waivers.
It is widely understood that healthcare payment is shifting toward value-based care. What is not appreciated is that value-based payment rests on a ramshackle foundation: the unloved, partially automated and often poorly integrated healthcare revenue cycle.
More than a third of California's residents now have Medicaid, and as the state looks to expand its Medicaid program even further, the rising number of patients in the program is having a complicated effect on hospital finances.
States participating in demonstrations aimed at lowering costs and improving care for residents dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare have a new tool to enroll a historically elusive population that is often saddled with severe chronic conditions and physical or behavioral disabilities.
A panel of health experts and executives who have designed and overseen value-based payment models said some truths are emerging, such as the importance of quick feedback.
Last month, the question was whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would follow the politically risky healthcare policy path House Speaker Paul Ryan has blazed on Medicare, Medicaid and other big issues. Ryan apparently has concluded that he would.