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Maryland Gov: Hey NC! Save $20 million in Medicaid costs like we did.

I’m up in our nation’s capitol this week talking with health advocates from across the nation and I just got a chance to hear Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland speak about how his state is saving big money in Medicaid and improving care at the same time.  How?  Maryland changed the way it pays hospitals in its Medicaid program.  Hospitals that have patients with fewer complications get paid more.  The result was stunning.   Hospitals had an incentive not to do as many procedures as possible, but coordinate health care better so people are healthier.  Maryland has saved over $60 million and is saving more every year.  In NC estimates are that reforms like this could save us $15-$30 million in our Medicaid program – and improve care.

Now that’s the kind of smart Medicaid reform we need and not this rush to cut, cut, cut.

2 Comments

  1. Alex

    January 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

    When you appoint political hacks to run state agencies as we’ve done for years, you don’t get many creative ideas..Look at the newly appointed DHHS director if you want an example.

  2. Adam Searing

    January 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Uh, Alex. It was our NC GOP state legislators who cut $1 billion a year out of our Medicaid program for things like eyeglasses for low-income seniors last year. I’m thinking they might want to look for smarter cuts.