NH Wins Federal Approval for Medicaid Managed Care Plan

Friday, 31 Aug 2012 11:20 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Federal authorities have approved New Hampshire’s plan to implement a managed care system for its Medicaid recipients.
 
The change from the current fee-for-service plan is expected to save the state around $16 million this fiscal year, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.
 
“The Medicaid Care Management Program is an approach to delivering and financing health care that is aimed at both improving the quality of care and reducing costs,” said state health commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, adding that the government’s decision allows New Hampshire to provide future sustainability.  
 
Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. John Lynch said the state’s goal should be to focus more on coordinated and preventative care to help control costs and improve the quality of services.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, the state will have to submit a monthly report to the federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare, beginning Oct. 1, until the system is fully implemented.

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