In less than a month, a task force appointed to find nearly $180 million dollars in savings from Medicaid must deliver their recommendations to the governor.
Members of the Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid now turn their attention to efforts already underway to save Medicaid money, efforts like the "Glober Waiver," which was implemented to reduce the state's reliance on expensive nursing home care. They'll hear presentations tonight (Monday) from organizations leading some of these efforts, including Coastal Medical, Lifespan, Care New England, and Medicaid officials themselves.
But Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts said it isn’t always clear whether those programs are delivering results.
“Some we don’t have adequate data yet, or, perhaps, and this is something we’re really going to focus on, we haven’t developed a way to measure data appropriately," said Roberts. "So it’s really important we’re investing this money wisely. And we want to make sure the innovations we pursue are really yielding improved quality at a more sustainable cost.”
The working group’s recommendations for short term savings are due April 30th. Roberts says they’ll deliver a longer term vision for Medicaid in early July.