HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt awarded $103 million to 27 states to finance efforts to improve the Medicaid program. The grants, to be distributed over the next two years, will support activities such as reducing medical errors through the implementation of electronic medical records and other information technology; reducing fraud, waste and abuse; increasing use of generic drugs; and implementing a medication risk-management program, among other changes. The "transformation grants" are funded under the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act. The program allows for an additional $47 million in grants, and HHS will seek proposals for the funding later this year.
HHS announces state Medicaid grants
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