Medicaid overhaul en 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 Alabama Passes Managed Care Medicaid Revision Legislators Hear Comments On Ala. Medicaid Bill <P>Representatives from community groups and managed care companies are lauding the Legislature's efforts to reorganize Alabama's Medicaid program.</P> <P>Speakers told House and Senate members Tuesday that the proposal is a major first step, but they also voiced concerns for the bill before it goes to committees for public hearings and revisions.</P> <P>The bill would change Medicaid from a fee-for-service program to a program where private-sector contractors develop care networks in up to eight regions of the state.</P> <P>Executives with the four patient care networks in the state aske Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:06:19 +0000 The Associated Press 27021 at Legislators Hear Comments On Ala. Medicaid Bill