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States turn to smart cards to curb Medicaid fraud

States are exploring the use of smart cards to verify Medicaid recipients' identities and foil fraud, according to NJ.com opinion piece.

Louisiana: Hospital privatization effort saves money

The public hospitals previously operated by the Louisiana State University healthcare system spent significantly less than budgeted for indigent care in the just completed fiscal year, but lawmakers wonder whether uninsured patients are merely seeking treatment at other hospitals, the Associated Press reported.

Medicaid can reap the rewards of medical homes

Medicaid programs could lower costs and boost quality care by implementing a patient-centered medical home model. Connecticut, for example, incorporated a medical home for its Medicaid program, improving quality and dropping per-member costs by 2 percent in only 18 months.

HHS doles out $100M to spur Medicaid innovation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday launched a new initiative, allocating more than $100 million in technical support to collaborate with states to improve Medicaid programs and lower costs.

Upstate NY hospital posts charges, payments online

A small hospital in the Syracuse area has become the first provider in Central New York to post prices for its procedures, Syracuse. com  reported.

Text messages boost med regimen adherence for Medicaid patients

Text messaging is proving to be a viable tool in helping Medicaid patients adhere to a medication regimen, avoid missing doctor appointments and stay on track with healthcare plan goals.

New York hospitals collaborate to redesign healthcare delivery, reduce readmissions

A new consortium of 200 hospitals, nursing homes and other health-related entities throughout the Rochester, New York, region aims to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce avoidable readmissions.

A tale of two levels of uncompensated care

It's the best of times and the worst of times for uncompensated care in the United States. Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reap huge...

Feds want $267M in Medicaid overpayments back from Florida's hospitals

The federal government is seeking a huge payback in Medicaid overpayments from Florida's hospitals and wants it all this year, the Tampa Bay Times  reported.

More states ride the wave of mental-medical care coordination

Mental illness drives the majority of Medicaid costs, prompting Florida to offer the first Medicaid plan designed specifically for people who have serious mental health issues, Kaiser Health News reported.