Grassley to offer proposal on Medicaid oversight

Share this article:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) plans to crack down on lax Medicaid-financing oversight. His announcement follows a GAO study that revealed most states are paying consultants to help generate higher Medicaid funding from the federal government.

Questionable state tactics must end, said Grassley. He plans to send letters to governors warning about the consultants. Moreover, anti-fraud efforts could be improved by having CMS calculate an "improper payment rate" in Medicaid each year, he said.

His comments came during a two-day hearing on Medicaid by the Senate Finance Committee. Despite possibly widespread improper accounting tactics used by states, the committee's effort to reduce Medicaid spending by $10 billion would not focus on state-federal Medicaid financing arrangements, Grassley said.

Share this article:

More in News

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in two years: Avalere

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in ...

More than three-quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries will be enrolled in a managed care plan as of 2016, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday. The numbers reveal that managed ...

Nursing home asked for employee's personal information too often, jury rules

The human resources department of a Maine nursing home did not properly protect a former employee's personal identification information, a jury recently ruled.

Test could confirm sepsis within an hour

Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by discoveries out of the University of British Columbia.