Ohio lawmaker wants to slash Medicaid eligibility; Utah governor won't decide on Medicaid expansion until 2014;

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> An Ohio lawmaker wants to slash thousands from the Medicaid rolls, saving $1.5 billion a year, but leaving pregnant women, parents of children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Proram and disabled workers without coverage. Article

> Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he won't make a decision about his state participating in the Medicaid program until some time early in 2014. Herbert said he wants to do it in conjunction with the Legislature, which does not reconvene until then. Article

> The Kansas Attorney General has documented more than $33 million in Medicaid fraud perpetrated in the state last year, although most of that was connected to the state agreeing to nationwide settlements involving civil litigation. Article

Provider News

> UMass Memorial Medical Center will pay $66,000 to Massachusetts to settle allegations it improperly sent bills for uninsured patients to a homeless shelter so it could then submit the charges to a state program for payment, the Worcester Business Journal Online reports. Article

Healthcare IT News

> To make sure your organization is prepared at all times for any HIPAA audit or investigation, keep risk assessment documentation and other compliance evidence in a central location, recommended Mark Dill, director of information security at Cleveland Clinic in an interview with HealthcareInfoSecurity. Article

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