Senator Ray Meier, Chair of the Senate Social Services Committee has introduced a bill aimed at "gaining better management of the Medicaid system in New York State ..." What a concept!
The bill is modeled on a South Carolina law (overly proud New Yorkers will be horrified) and (summarized from the bill memo) it requires the Department of Health to:
- Convene meetings at least quarterly with all state agencies receiving Medicaid funds and appropriate representation of local departments of social services to identify:
- Methods to contain the growth of Medicaid spending;
- Methods to improve the quality of and recipient satisfaction with Medicaid state agency services;
- Opportunities for consolidation and methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing service delivery;
- Opportunities for education and prevention;
- Numbers of persons on waiting lists for services; and,
- Collective priority of critical needs for the Medicaid population.
- Report annually on
- Results of multi-agency meetings;
- Medicaid expenditures made to other state agencies in the preceding fiscal year
- Develop outcome results-based objectives for Medicaid service and administrative contracts with other state agencies
- Develop an annual plan to conduct periodic audits, reviews and inspections of state agencies receiving Medicaid funds
Given the heavy emphasis on Medicaid funds going to other State agencies, Senator Meier has clearly zeroed in on the use of Medicaid as a verb.
Want to read it yourself? Go here and search for S5069.