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States still experiencing problems with Medicaid IT system upgrades

States spent $1.8 billion in Medicaid 90/10 funds to upgrade their eligibility information technology systems over the past three fiscal years, but still face implementation challenges, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Medical groups decry missed opportunity to repeal SGR

Medical professionals blasted last week's fe deral budget deal  for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate payment formula,  MedPageToday  repo rts.

OIG: Insurers' Medicaid provider directories are inaccurate

Medicaid insurers' provider directories include doctors who are unavailable, not accepting new patients or could not be found, says a report from the Office of the Inspector General.       

Medicaid pays for 160,000 pre-term births every year

About 160,000 births covered by Medicaid were electively induced before 39 weeks, likely raising the risk of developmental issues in those newborn children and driving up their healthcare costs in the long term, Kaiser Health News reported.

Medicaid addresses 'super-utilizers' in health home programs to cut costs

Many Medicaid programs are creating new or expanding existing home health projects to help cut costs and prevent so-called "super-utilizers" from obtaining unnecessary healthcare services.

Medicaid expansion update: Two states step forward, two step in place

Several states are making news with their plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordabe Care Act. Here's a roundup of the goings on in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Montana.

CMS: Healthcare spending growth continues at historic low rate

Healthcare spending in the United States rose 3.6 percent in 2013, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and p ublished  in the journal  Health Affairs.

Iowa's CO-OP pulls out of marketplace despite first-year success

Iowa's CoOportunity Health experienced early enrollment success last year, but the company has decided to pull out of the marketplace this year, reports  Employee Benefit News. It's the latest in a series of ups and downs for consumer operated and oriented plans.

Medicaid spending up dramatically in 2014

Medicaid spending has increased dramatically during 2014, according to a new report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

Obamacare boosts state Medicaid spending

States are spending more on Medicaid, but they're also receiving more from the federal government to cover the costs, according to a report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.