White House, Baucus, support 'blended' Medicaid payments

Share this article:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said Wednesday that a proposal to implement “blended” payment rates for Medicaid is “on the table” in negotiations over raising the federal debt limit. This proposal could save the government up to $100 billion over 10 years, the Bureau of National Affairs reports.
 
Currently, the federal government pays separate matching rates to states for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Under the new proposal, the government would consolidate these into a “blended” rate for each state. Baucus also signaled last month that repealing the Affordable Care Act's maintenance-of-effort requirements for Medicaid is up for discussion. MOE requirements dictate that states keep their Medicaid eligibility requirements at the same limit as when the reform bill was passed.
 
White House spokesman Nick Papas said President Obama supports a blended payment framework. It would “replace the current complicated federal matching formulas with a single matching rate for all program spending that rewards states for efficiency and automatically increases if a recession forces enrollment and state costs to rise,” Papas told BNA.
 
Stakeholders, including LeadingAge's Larry Minnix — who opposes other Medicaid fixes such as block grants — told BNA his organization, which comprises nonprofit providers, will “take a hard look” at blended payments.
Share this article:

More in News

Double homicide at Houston nursing home; victims' roommate arrested

Double homicide at Houston nursing home; victims' roommate ...

A double murder occurred late Tuesday night in a Houston nursing home room shared by four men, according to local authorities. Police arrested Guillermo Correa on suspicion of beating two ...

$2 million HIPAA settlement highlights mobile device risks facing healthcare providers

Laptops and other mobile devices containing personal health information have been stolen from long-term care ombudsman programs and other healthcare organizations, including from Concentra Health Services and QCA Health Plan Inc. Now, Concentra and QCA have agreed to legal settlements totaling nearly $2 million, federal ...

Long-term care nurses often 'scramble' to get family members' blessing for palliative ...

Nursing home residents might not transition to full palliative care until they are very near death, at which point nurses and family members act in a state of crisis, suggests recently published research out of Canada.