Ohio hires Medicaid prescription drug watchdog
As it makes sweeping reforms to the way it handles managed care for the state’s $24 billion Medicaid program, Ohio on Wednesday announced that it had hired a company to monitor its progress. The Department of Medicaid announced that it had hired the Medicaid and Medicare auditing firm Myers and Stauffer to be its pharmacy […]
Conflicting corporate claims at the heart of Ohio’s blockbuster Medicaid suit
Two mega-corporations appear to be claiming they did the same work for Medicaid — Ohio’s $24 billion-a-year program that provides health care to the poorest 25% of state residents. Since the companies received at least $53 million for the work in 2017 alone, the conflicting claims could be a big problem — one with potential […]
Fundamental questions remain as Medicaid revamps drug spending
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is undertaking a massive overhaul of how it pays for more than $3 billion worth of prescription drugs a year. It's planning to implement the changes by March, but so far it hasn't answered basic questions about how it will be done.
Are companies being sued by Ohio also bidding on new Medicaid contract?
The Ohio Department Medicaid won't say whether it will award a big contract to companies against whom the state has filed lawsuits claiming the companies ripped off state agencies in transactions involving prescription drugs.
Amid questions, Medicaid director has governor’s confidence
The performance of Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, but she retains the confidence of Gov. Mike Dewine. The governor appointed Corcoran to lead the $27 billion-a-year agency in January 2019, after it had experienced a series of controversies involving the pricing and acquisition of prescription drugs. They included […]
Records: Ohio Medicaid leaders showed little enthusiasm to support coronavirus testing at pharmacies
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is struggling to implement a system to reimburse community pharmacists to test millions of the state’s poorest people for coronavirus. While the reasons for the problems have not been fully explained, difficulty getting supplies appears to be one. But another cause might be that at least into June, senior leaders […]
Ohio Medicaid begins laying out plans for coronavirus testing at pharmacies
Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran on Tuesday described plans for Ohio pharmacies to begin testing one of the state’s most vulnerable populations — the poor — for the novel coronavirus. The plans come as data about the virus from Ohio and elsewhere show a worrying trend. In Ohio, the number of new cases has for […]
State hasn’t acted, but Medicaid care companies move to pay pharmacists for medical services
The Ohio Department of Medicaid has been slow to implement a law that would enable pharmacists to be paid to consult with patients and help them manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. So increasingly, the managed-care companies that handle the vast majority of the state’s Medicaid clientele are paying out of […]
Medicaid director backpedals on possibility of cutting drug coverage, expansion population
The director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid, it appears, is at least partially backtracking after telling a state panel that ending Ohio’s expanded eligibility for the program and eliminating prescription drug coverage are possible options to fill a looming state budget gap. On Monday, Director Maureen Corcoran made a presentation to the Ohio Prescription […]
After months of questions, Ohio Medicaid to start paying pharmacists for coronavirus testing
After months of questions and promises of transparency, officials with the Ohio Department of Medicaid on Monday told an obscure state committee when they’ll start reimbursing community pharmacies to test one of the state’s most vulnerable populations for coronavirus. To contend with shrinking state budgets, the department also floated the possibility of draconian cuts, including […]