Hallelujah, maybe. Depending on which side of the fence you’re on anyway.
The state has reportedly received approval to begin revamping its Medicaid program from the federal Health and Human Services Department.
According to The City Wire, preliminary changes will be made to the “fee-for-service” model in order to stave off a possible $87 million budget shortfall in the 2013 fiscal year.
While doctors, nurses and other medical professionals loudly decry their fears of losing portions of their Medicaid payments, Gov. Mike Beebe remains (always) concerned about the perfectly balanced budget.
Beebe opined during a radio interview that he hopes for a more results-based statewide healthcare system as opposed to the practice of payments based on testing for treatment.
“If you are a health care provider, you are compensated based on the volume of tests, treatments and referrals you can administer,” he said. “In Arkansas, we want to put greater emphasis on results, to base more payments on making patients better, not just treating them as much as possible.”