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Kansas weighs 20 firms' ideas to contain Medicaid costs

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 22, 2010

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Twenty companies in early November gave proposals to Kansas' Medicaid agency outlining how the state can control the long-term growth of Medicaid costs. The Kansas Health Policy Authority's goal is to identify private-sector services the state can contract for or adopt, said Andy Allison, PhD, executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

Authority officials will evaluate the responses and identify recommendations that can be carried out, Allison said. Some of the ideas could be implemented after a KHPA board review, depending on their nature and expected budget impact. Others may require the approval of the Kansas Legislature and Gov.-elect Sam Brownback. "We're going to do our best and move ahead as quickly as we can," Allison said.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/11/22/gvbf1122.htm.

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