Alabama Dr. Don Williamson http://apr.org en Ala. Trying To Avoid Repaying $88M To Medicaid http://apr.org/post/ala-trying-avoid-repaying-88m-medicaid <p></p><p>The federal government says Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid funding.</p><p>A report from the Office of Inspector General says the federal government gave Alabama too much Medicaid bonus money in 2009 and 2010.</p><p>The report says that's because the state Medicaid agency used improper calculations to compute how many children participated in the program.</p><p>State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state agency made what he calls an "honest mistake" that resulted in the state's report being off by about 90,000 children.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:02:47 +0000 The Associated Press 36863 at http://apr.org Ala. Trying To Avoid Repaying $88M To Medicaid Alabama Passes Managed Care Medicaid Revision http://apr.org/post/alabama-passes-managed-care-medicaid-revision <p>The Alabama Legislature passed a sweeping revision to Medicaid that replaces the way the program delivers and pays for care with regional managed care operators.</p><p>Under the legislation passed Tuesday, the State Medicaid Agency will no longer bear financial risks but will instead assume the role of contract administrators. Savings of $50 million to $75 million over five years and future cost containment is expected.</p><p>Privately owned Regional Care Organizations won't deal directly with patients, but will contract directly with doctors to provide care.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:47:20 +0000 The Associated Press 29924 at http://apr.org Alabama Passes Managed Care Medicaid Revision New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley http://apr.org/post/new-medicaid-system-endorsed-governor-bentley <P>Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.</P> <P>The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:57:13 +0000 The Associated Press 26576 at http://apr.org New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall http://apr.org/post/williamson-ala-medicaid-faces-30m-shortfall <DIV> <P>Alabama's top health officer says state Medicaid is facing a major funding shortfall.</P> <P>The director of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:40:59 +0000 The Associated Press 21159 at http://apr.org Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall