HHS Criteria For Medicaid Pilot Projects Outdated, GAO Says

Law360, New York (July 19, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is using outdated information and practices to determine its spending limits for so-called demonstration projects run by the states of Arizona and Texas for testing proposed alternatives to certain aspects of Medicare, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

The GAO said that HHS had approved a spending limit for Arizona's demonstration project using outdated information on spending from 1982 data, which “reflected significantly higher spending than what the state's Medicaid program had actually cost,” according to a...
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