Technology--ranging from data analytics tools to geomapping software--is helping officials from the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services connect "super-users" to the right kind of medical care.
Arkansas's Medicaid program, which is expanding through a private option the state pioneered, has proven quite popular--70 percent of the 225,000 Arkansans who are eligible for the federal-state program have signed up for coverage, the state Department of Human Services announced.
Given the inherent complexities associated with the Medicaid population and the huge growth of the program, insurers and states likely will increase their focus on providing behavioral health and coordinating care for dual-eligibles. These are two of five Medicaid trends that will continue in 2014, according to LifeHealthPro.
An unlikely partnership helps two Seattle healthcare facilities offer treatment after hours. Swe dish Medical Center Foundation put down the start up money for Country Doctor Community Health Centers to open a weekend and after-hours clinic for patients who previously went to the emergency room for nonemergent care--right next to Medical Center's Cherry Hill hospital, the Seattle Times re ported.
Doctors are increasingly prescribing opioids for pregnant women covered by Medicaid and commercial insurance, The New York Times reported.
Medicare paid more than $6 million in 2012 to doctors who were thrown out of Medicaid, indicted or charged with fraud, or had settled false claims allegations, according to reports co-published by ProPublica and National Public Radio.
States expanding Medicaid while also operating their own health insurance exchanges experienced a larger drop in the uninsured rate compared to states that ignored these Affordable Care Act measures, a new Gallup poll shows.
The American Hospital Association asked the National Quality Forum (NQF) to implement recommendations to risk adjust quality measures to account for sociodemographic factors such as Medicaid status, income, education and homelessness in a letter this week.
New Hampshire's attorney general will appeal a judge's ruling that the state's hospital tax, which brings in $185 million a year, is unconstitutional to the state Supreme Court, Boston.com reported.
The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.