According to news outlets, the report focused on the care of patients with disabilities, and steps to make sure anti-fraud efforts don't add to states' burdens.
Modern Healthcare: Medicaid, CHIP Costs Swell To $444 Billion
The second annual report from the congressionally chartered advisory group on Medicaid quantified the program's historic size and recommended a series of initiatives to improve the quality of care it funds while reducing costs and fraud. ... It reported to Congress on Thursday that the two federal-state public insurance partnership programs for the poor grew to a combined 78 million enrollees in the last fiscal year and cost $444 billion. In fiscal 2010, the combined programs covered 76 million people and cost about $400 billion (Daly, 3/15).
CQ HealthBeat: Medicaid Commission Report Focuses On People With Disabilities And Fraud-Fighting Efforts
Medicaid officials should improve tools to measure the quality of care for patients with disabilities, coordinate care for those patients and make sure that anti-fraud practices for the program don't burden the states, according to a new report by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. The MACPAC report notes that Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that provides care for low-income people and other groups, covers more than a fifth of the U.S. population and that patients with disabilities were the fastest-growing beneficiary group in the program. Half of the inflation-adjusted growth in Medicaid was linked to care for people with disabilities (Adams, 3/15).