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OIG: Weaknesses in Utah Department of Health's Medicaid IT systems 'high impact'

Information systems used by the Utah Department of Health for its Medicaid program were left at risk, with numerous weaknesses in the technology discovered during a review of the agency by the Office of Inspector General.

6 million Americans qualify for Medicaid but don't sign up

As many as six million Americans are eligible to get nearly free healthcare through Medicaid but don't sign up, according to an article from the  Wall Street Journal.

Report: ACA has made Medicaid coordination, re-enrollment much smoother

A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation has concluded that the Affordable Care Act  provided most states with significant technological upgrades that allowed them to enroll individuals into Medicaid coverage much more efficiently than in the past. 

Affordable Care Act improves Medicaid efficiency, enrollment

The Affordable Care Act helped states implement major technological upgrades to their Medicaid systems, as well as streamline both the enrollment and renewal processes and increase administrative effectiveness, according to new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  

Direct care making its way to new markets

Concierge or direct care isn't necessarily just for the wealthy anymore, but its place in the Medicare and Medicaid markets remains uncertain, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.

The practical challenges of Medicare negotiating drug prices

​Despite presidential candidates promising to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of prescription drugs, a new article from  STAT  makes the case that the amount of power the government actually has to drive down drug prices on a large scale may not be significant.  

Report: Insurers should cover doula care to strengthen mother-child health

Women today are choosing alternatives to giving birth in hospitals, including the increasingly popular option of choosing a doula to help with their care. For this reason, according to an issue brief from the organization Child Birth Connection, Medicaid and private insurance coverage of doula services could strengthen maternal and infant health.  

Feds announce intentions to provide funding for addiction treatment

In a surprising move, the federal government is now considering helping Medicaid with funding for drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

2016: More antitrust actions, Medicare expansion tussles likely

FierceHealthFinance predicts what the healthcare industry can expect in 2016.

Report: America's poor fall through cracks of healthcare reform

The Affordable Care Act has done little to help the country's working poor, especially in states that have no expanded Medicaid, according to a report from  USA Today.