Medicaid Commission recommends community approach over commercial managed care

The Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission overwhelmingly voted this afternoon to recommend the state go with a community care approach -- instead of statewide commercial managed care -- to try to control spending in the healthcare program for the poor.

The commission, with only one dissenting vote, voted to recommend a primary care case management approach in which care providers are responsible for monitoring and approving the care of people on Medicaid. State Health Officer Don Williamson said it would take statewide a model that is already used to some degree in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Opelika and Mobile.

ACPP communications director Jim Carnes praised the commission's decision saying he thought a community care model would be more patient-centered than a statewide commercial managed care approach.

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