Ohio To Test Billing Improvements For Lower Costs, Better Care
The state will receive $75 million over four years to test a medical care billing model. Colorado, in the meantime, has won a $65 million grant to better treat people with mental illnesses.
Northeast Ohio Media Group:
Ohio Wins $17.5M To Test New Billing Model To Improve Health Care While Lowering Costs
The model, developed over 18 months of negotiation between the state, medical providers and the four largest health insurers in Ohio -- Anthem, Aetna, United Healthcare and Medical Mutual -- attempts to shift the focus from quantity of services to quality of care. If the model works, doctors will be rewarded for providing better, more efficient care to their patients while keeping overall costs down. (Higgs, 12/17)
Health News Colorado:
Colorado Receives $65 Million ‘Watershed’ Grant For Mental, Physical Health Integration
Colorado has won a $65 million federal grant to dramatically increase the number of patients who can access blended care for medical problems, mental health challenges and substance abuse treatment. (Kerwin McCrimmon, 12/17)