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Medicaid Pricing, Volume Varies Across States

A new study in the July issue of Health Affairs finds significant regional differences in program spending. Researchers suggest understanding these differences could lead to improved quality and efficiency of care.

The Hill: Study: Volume, Not Cost, Drives Up Medicaid Spending
States can achieve significant Medicaid savings by increasing access to primary-care doctors, according to the first-ever study of regional differences in Medicaid spending. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, measured how much various states spend, on average, for each Medicaid beneficiary (Baker, 7/7).

PBS Marketplace: Differences In Medicaid Spending, State By State
A study out today in the journal Health Affairs gives a side-by-side comparison of how states spend money on Medicaid the government health insurance program for the poor. From the health desk at WHYY in Philadelphia, Marketplace's Gregory Warner tells the tale of two populous states: New York and California (Warner, 7/7).

Modern Healthcare: Study Finds Variation In Medicaid Prices, Volume
A new study in the July issue of Health Affairs shows significant variation in the volume of services and prices for Medicaid spending across states, and researchers suggest understanding those differences could help improve the quality and efficiency of care (Zigmond, 7/7). 

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