NC Medicaid advisory panel takes public comment


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Big players in North Carolina's medical community are uniting behind Medicaid reform that would keep the current payment method largely intact but give financial incentives to doctors and hospitals that operate efficiently and improve patient health.

The North Carolina Medical Society representing physicians and North Carolina Hospital Association endorsed Wednesday the idea of "accountable care organizations" that are already being used with many Medicare patients.

The group's representatives spoke at a public hearing by an advisory group expected to recommend to the Department of Health and Human Services ways to improve Medicaid.

The accountable care organization concept would move further away from more sweeping managed-care overhaul ideas pushed by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration. DHHS will unveil its detailed proposal in March.

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