by Merrill Matthews
Institute for Policy Innovation
September 24, 2013
Every state is looking for ways to reduce its Medicaid spending. Here’s an untested idea: integrate existing technology to help beneficiaries and their health care providers monitor and manage their health care. Medicaid could play a leading role in that effort. But neither the states nor Washington have embraced health IT. The goal of health care reform was to increase access to care, lower costs and improve quality. It is doubtful that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will achieve any of those goals, but integrating technology into Medicaid coverage could.