Tight state budgets slowing pace of Medicaid cost-containment initiatives

February 2009
State Health Watch;Feb2009, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p1
The article reports that the recession and the resulting budget cuts are hindering cost-containment programs of Medicaid in the U.S. Several states resort to cost-cutting measures which involve controlling drug costs, reducing benefits and restricting eligibility. Robert Seifert of the Center for Health Law and Economics at the University of Massachusetts suggests patient involvement and home management to maximize savings from avoided hospitalization.


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