Medicaid Spending Report Shows Billions Wasted, Senator Says

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EST) -- Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Thursday that Medicaid needed an urgent overhaul to ensure its long-term solvency, following the release of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report he claimed showed billions of dollars in wasteful Medicaid spending.

The report, requested by Hatch and publicly released Thursday, shows the differences between two data sets used to track Medicaid spending — CMS-64 data, which aggregates state expenditures for purposes of getting payments from the federal government, and MSIS data, which represents how the money was spent on individual...
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