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States urged to revamp dual-eligible programs
Modern Healthcare

CMS officials are pushing states to control their spiraling Medicaid costs by overhauling their programs for dual-eligibles, instead of cutting provider pay, a senior agency official said.

Melanie Bella, director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the CMS, said at an American Hospital Association conference in Washington on Monday that her agency is encouraging states to embark on cost-control pilots for the roughly 9 million Medicaid beneficiaries who also are eligible for Medicare.

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