Friday Five – January 12, 2018

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January 12, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is recognized on the GovTech 100 list for 2018 and reading about new estimates for CHIP costs, Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico, the impact of Medicaid expansion on hospitals, and Medicaid data collection.

1. GovTech 100: Bigger deals, more investment, new companies and fresh ideas power the gov tech market

MAXIMUS was selected by Government Technology as one of the top 100 government technology companies for 2018 based on our operation of government health and human services programs that serve citizens with compassion and efficiency.

2. CBO slashes cost estimate for CHIP financing: report

The Hill reports that the Congressional Budget Office has provided an updated estimate for CHIP funding over the next ten years. The drastically lower amount is based in part on the assumption that the government will be providing more money in subsidies for policies purchased on the ACA exchange due to the elimination of the individual mandate.

3. Puerto Rico Medicaid funding possible in next disaster relief bill

The Senate is considering a disaster relief bill for Puerto Rico that would include two full years of Medicaid funding, according to Modern Healthcare. The aid would benefit more than 2/3 of island residents who rely on government funding for health insurance, as well as support Puerto Rico’s entire economy.

4. Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid less likely to close

NPR reports that hospitals in Medicaid expansion states are six times less likely to close. The impact was particularly felt in rural hospitals, where the number of patients with Medicaid increased, while uncompensated care decreased.

5. GAO: CMS must improve state-reported data collection for Medicaid

This article from Healthcare Dive discusses the GAO’s recommendations for how CMS should improve its collection of Medicaid data from states by requiring more complete data, sharing information with states, and developing a plan for using the data.