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Medicaid analytics deal in Texas raises eyebrows

The Texas state office responsible for countering Medicaid fraud is on the verge of signing a $90 million contract with an analytics firm that has limited experience with the program, according to the  Austin American-Statesman.

Lack of Medicaid expansion will cost Florida hospitals billions

The intransigence of the Sunshine State's lawmakers over expanding Medicaid eligibility will cost the state's hospitals billions of dollars over the next several years, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

A different Supreme Court ruling would have added 3M more Medicaid enrollees

If the U.S. Supreme Court hadn't made the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion a state-based decision in its ruling two years ago, an additional 3 million consumers would have been able to enroll in Medicaid plans, according to new data from Enroll America and data analytics group Civis. The data was analyzed by and reported in T he New York Times.

Texas congressman announces probe of waste in Waco VA

Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) pledged a "broad discussion" on the Department of Veterans Affairs' role in mental health research after the revelation that the Waco VA facility wasted millions, according to the Associated Press.

Auditors: Texas must ramp up Medicaid anti-fraud efforts

Medicaid anti-fraud efforts have been found wanting deep in the heart of Texas: The state's Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General did little to prevent fraud, took an average of more than three years to close cases and recovered only a small percentage of inappropriate payments, an audit report concluded.

Hospitals in LA, TX suffer from failure to expand Medicaid

Hospitals in Texas and Louisiana--two states that failed to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act--struggle with the continued fallout from that decision.

Texas struggles with citizenship glitches in ACA healthcare marketplace

Health advocates in Texas are helping the state's minority population overcome language barriers, technical issues and low awareness of who is eligible to obtain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Feds ding 3 states for Medicaid performance deficiencies

In a trio of recent audit reports, the Office of Inspector General announced enforcement actions against Medicaid agencies in Texas, Nebraska and Kansas for different operational slip-ups.   

Cost of adult vaccinations prohibiting some docs

Slim profits and even financial losses have caused many physician practices to curb their offerings for adult vaccines. And according to a new article from the  New York Times, pediatricians in small and solo practices are increasingly facing the same dilemma.

Many hospitals will face steep hospital-acquired infection penalties

Hospitals in many states will face significant penalties for not  preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to multiple media sources.