Missouri improperly claimed Medicaid reimbursement for hospital's inpatient psychiatric services; Child abuse financially strains Medicaid system;

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> Missouri must reimburse more than $21 million in federal Medicaid payments made to the Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Hospital in St. Louis, according to an Office of Inspector General audit. The OIG found the hospital's inpatient psychiatric services failed to meet Medicaid requirements for a period of five years. Report

> Norwich (Conn.) State Hospital, closed since 1996 and rumored to be occupied by ghosts, will be transformed into an entertainment venue, reported The Hartford Courant. Lawmakers recently approved the property's sale to Ron Shelton, managing director of Thames River Landing. Article

> Child abuse financially strains the Medicaid system, according to research published online in the journal Pediatrics, MedPage Today reported. Researchers found the 2.2 million investigated cases of child maltreatment covered by Medicaid cost about $5.9 billion per year. Article

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> A new study from benefits administrator ADP found only 50 percent of employees under age 30 signed up for health insurance when their employers offered it. Article

> Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has already postponed the implementation of its controversial new payment model for small, rural hospitals, it is still facing strong opposition from those providers being forced away from fee-for-service reimbursements. Article

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