Kansas Medicaid Renewal Plans Slowed in Anticipation of 2017 Political Changes

In another trickle-down effect from the November elections, Kansas officials have signaled they are slowing down the yearly effort in renewing Medicaid contracts.  (Kansas privatizes at least a portion of their Medicaid business to private payers including Amerigroup).  This is in anticipation of potential changes to Medicaid funding and the ACA.

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In a Change, Medical Students to Learn About Health Care System During Schooling

A sign to the ever-changing healthcare landscape, some medical students are learning about the economics of healthcare, from costs for services to the payer-provider model.  This is a dramatic change from previous schooling where the focus was solely on treating the patient’s physical ailments.  But will this have a noticeable impact on patient outcomes and overall healthcare costs?

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Is Medicaid Overhaul in the New Administration a Done Deal?

One of the key policy ideas that the Republicans and the newly elected President has stated was to shrink the Medicaid rolls and turn it into more of a block grant program administered by the States.  This is not a new idea (been around for 25+ years) and is certain to face a battle from the providers, hospitals, and Democrats.

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