Archive: CCNC/Medicaid Reform

  • Critics: New Medicaid Plan Fails To Fix Cost Overruns

    RALEIGH — Unlike the managed-care model McCrory administration officials rolled out last year, the new proposal maintains the fee-for-service payment method to providers that critics have said drives up Medicaid costs. The new plan does not require providers to compete among one another, nor would the plan force providers to assume…

  • Medicaid Administrator To Face Performance Review

    RALEIGH — As Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos places a top deputy in charge of the state’s beleaguered Medicaid system, state Auditor Beth Wood has launched a cost and performance study of the nonprofit entity overseeing much of Medicaid, the joint federal/state health insurance program for…

  • Audit: Medicaid Computer System Remains a Mess

    RALEIGH — Widespread, serious flaws in the state Department of Health and Human Services’ long-suffering NCTracks Medicaid computer system might jeopardize more than $9 million in anticipated annual cost savings, according to a stinging state performance audit released late Monday afternoon.

  • Democratic Lawmakers Spar With Democratic Auditor Over Medicaid Costs

    RALEIGH — Legislative Democrats took a few jabs at state Auditor Beth Wood, a fellow Democrat, at a Tuesday meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services. The lawmakers cited a new legislative report taking issue with a scathing audit issued earlier this year that showed…

  • Statewide Health Records Exchange Raises Privacy Concerns

    RALEIGH — As the North Carolina medical community presses ahead with a sweeping conversion to electronic health records, privacy advocates warn that confidential medical data is in jeopardy, and patients’ most intimate health information could be used in harmful ways against them — or at a minimum mined for profit…

  • State Budget Sets McCrory’s Medicaid Reforms in Motion

    RALEIGH — The new state budget includes a provision creating an advisory panel to rewrite the way the state delivers Medicaid services. It’s part of the Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina reforms championed by the McCrory administration. The budget adds more than $1 billion to Medicaid spending to cover what…

  • Stimulus-Funded N.C. Health Exchange Gathers Dust

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Health Information Exchange originally was charged with creating a state-level information technology clearinghouse to store patient medical records that could be used to expedite care and aid researchers and health providers across the state. Instead, few facilities and practitioners are using it.