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Medicaid expansion hits Deep South

Medicaid expansion hits Deep South

By Harris Meyer  |  June 18, 2016

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.

New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

By Bob Herman  |  June 13, 2016

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.

Indiana sees bias in CMS plans to assess its conservative Medicaid model

Indiana sees bias in CMS plans to assess its conservative Medicaid model

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 07, 2016

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.

Commentary: Revenue-cycle missteps in the era of value-based care

Commentary: Revenue-cycle missteps in the era of value-based care

By Jeff Goldsmith  |  June 07, 2016

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.

CMS makes it easier for dual-eligibles to understand benefits of demos

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 03, 2016

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.

Instant gratification would help MACRA succeed

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 02, 2016

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.

Blog: Ryan bets on Trump pushing for Medicare and Medicaid cuts

Blog: Ryan bets on Trump pushing for Medicare and Medicaid cuts

By Harris Meyer  |  June 02, 2016

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.

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