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DHHS Invites Stakeholders to the Table

Process for Long-Term Reform and Innovation in Medicaid

Pat McCrory, Governor
Aldona Z. Wos, M.D.,Secretary

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
For Release: Immediate
Date: February 4, 2013
Contact: Julie Henry, julie.henry@dhhs.nc.gov, 919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C. – Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) published a Request for Information (RFI) for recommendations to assist the DHHS Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s Medicaid program.

“Reforming Medicaid is crucial to everyone in North Carolina,” said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, M.D. “By publishing this RFI, the Department of Health and Human Services is inviting North Carolina healthcare providers to the table and also encouraging citizens with innovative ideas to participate.”

Today’s RFI released by the department marks the beginning of a process to engage interested parties to bring long-term reform and innovation to the state’s Medicaid system. Recommendations will be evaluated by leadership and utilized as a platform for future discussions. All recommendations must be submitted to the Division of Medical Assistance by March 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.

“We are seeking information and input that will help build a state-of-the-art, sustainable Medicaid program,” said Carol Steckel, director of the Division of Medical Assistance. “We must prove to the residents of North Carolina that the program can provide high quality access to health care services while at the same time, manage the tax dollars entrusted to us in a better, more efficient way.”

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) are charged with operating the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care services for over 1.5 million North Carolinians. A recent audit of the program raised concern over multi-year cost overruns and the need to better manage the budget.

A copy of the RFI and an open letter from Secretary Wos is attached. The RFI may be found at https://www.ips.state.nc.us/IPS/Default.aspx , search for 30-DMA100-13.

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