Idaho to launch Medicaid Health Home program

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are preparing to launch a program that proponents say enhances the efficiency of care for Medicaid recipients while decreasing costs.

The Medicaid Health Home program relies on a primary care physician, who works with a clinical care team including specialists, nurses, and pharmacies to meet the needs of a patient. The program requires that the improvement of care be tracked for each patient.

The Times-News (http://bit.ly/U8VJWF ) reports that the program will be launched by January 2013.

Matt Wimmer with the Department of Health and Welfare says officials are hoping the program will save enough money to pay for itself. Health care providers who sign up will get enhanced Medicaid reimbursements.

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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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