Medicaid Waiver Renewal Process Starts

State health officials this week will start the lengthy process to renew California’s federal 1115 Medicaid waiver — the state’s five-year health care reform project. The “Bridge to Reform” included many of the state’s delivery and payment reforms in recent years, including the expansion of Medi-Cal to include Californians up to 133% of federal poverty level.

The waiver is due to expire in October 2015. The state wants to have its new waiver application done early next year.

The next waiver application will include new reforms, including a number of ideas of shared-savings programs. On Friday, officials from the Department of Health Care Services will open the discussion about those new reforms during a stakeholder webinar.

DHCS officials floated seven shared-savings ideas for discussion in an introductory paper.

According to the DHCS concept document: “A critical component to the success of the Affordable Care Act will be the ability for states to slow the cost growth of the Medicaid program while also ensuring access to high-quality health care,” the paper said.

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