Tue July 23, 2013
Health and Welfare

Kentucky, Insurance Companies Apply Lessons From Transition To Managed-Care

Gov. Steve Beshear rushed to transplant Medicaid into a new bed called managed care, hoping the new medium would save money and improve health, but his administration didn't take time to condition the soil, fertilize the ground or oil the machinery in 2011. This month, managed-care company Kentucky Spirit proved to be the self-plucking bad weed, fleeing the state as it cited unbearable costs.  Kentucky’s hurried transition to Medicaid managed care has been anything but smooth for many doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers. They have complained about late payments and burdensome reimbursement processes. Read more...