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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a narrower version of a bill that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would contract an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version would have Medicaid officials then verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved Monday by a committee, requires that Medicaid officials periodically verify recipients’ financial ...

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Senate passes bill merging welfare, Medicaid, rehab agencies

Mississippi’s departments of Human Services and Rehabilitation Services could be combined with its Medicaid agency under a legislative plan. Senators voted 37-14 Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 2384 (http://bit.ly/1SfvrTp), which would merge the three agencies. It moves to the House for more work. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Buck Clarke, a Hollandale Republican, says the bill aims to save money by ...

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House passes bill increasing ID requirements for Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would increase the amount of personal income and identify details Medicaid recipients must report before getting the health coverage. Legislators voted 76-40 to pass the bill without reading or discussing it. House Bill 1116 would require state officials to build a computerized system to keep records of Medicaid recipients. Officials ...

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Dispute over Medicaid payments kicked back to chancery court

JACKSON — A long legal battle between the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and a dozen hospitals is headed back to chancery court. The dispute is about payments Medicaid made to the hospitals for outpatient services in 2001. Medicaid said in 2010 that it had mistakenly overpaid hospitals nine years earlier because it used an outdated payment formula. The hospitals, in ...

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the ...

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UMC, Medicaid records changeover 'on target'

By Jack Weatherly The $111 million implementation of electronic health records for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and state Division of Medicaid is on schedule and within budget after two vendors pulled out of their contracts, according to Max Arinder, director of the legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. The interim report released Thursday shows that “everything in building ...

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Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was billing Medicaid for more expensive ...

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Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law, many low-wage workers ...

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State's Medicaid enrollment growing, spurred by Affordable Care Act

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care Act, administrators are now ...

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