CMS should continue efforts to monitor Medicaid spending, report says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has more work to do to improve its oversight of Medicaid spending, a new report finds.

While the agency has made strides since 2002, including monitoring of state funding programs, it needs to take additional actions, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. Those actions include hiring permanent staff to track the programs.

The GAO last examined CMS's oversight capabilities in 2002. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) requested the recent report.

The report, Medicaid Financial Management: Steps Taken to Improve Federal Oversight but Other Actions Needed to Sustain Efforts, is available at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06705.pdf.
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